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    MYSTIC STRIKE AIMS AT SECOND RADNOR HUNT CUP WIN

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Stars of tomorrow shine today at Iroquois

Of course, anything can happen, but based on their performance at the Iroquois Races in Nashville on May 12, the sport has a couple of electrifying up-and-comers in Zanjabeel and Iranistan. The former, a 5-year-old acquired from top European trainer Gordon Elliott by Rosbrian Farm and Ben and Wendy Griswold, won his first two US starts last fall, both stakes, then finished a solid second in the Colonial Cup and Temple Gwathmey this season. In Nashville, Zanjabeel busted out with a monster 5-length win for trainer Ricky Hendriks and jockey Ross Geraghty in the $200,000 Iroquois, besting the the top three finishers in the 2017 Grand National at Far Hills. Meanwhile, Ed Swyer's Iranistan, 4, the horse nobody wanted, made it 3 for 3 in his jumping career with another powerhouse score in the $100,000 Marcellus Frost Champion Hurdle novice stakes for leading trainer Jonathan Sheppard and jockey Darren Nagle. Maggie Bryant's Plated also came up big, taking his first stakes, in the $50,000 Mason Houghland over timber for Jimmy Day and leading rider Jack Doyle, while The Fields Stable's Sarah Joyce made it two Margaret Currey Henley filly & mare stakes in a row for Doyle and trainer Elizabeth Voss. Tod Marks has the full recap.

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