Nunthorpe aim for Hamish
Hamish McGonagall, runner-up in the Nunthorpe Stakes last August, will attempt to go one better in York's Group One sprint after landing the John Smith's City Wall Stakes on the Knavesmire.
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The Tim Easterby-trained five-year-old registered his fourth course and distance success with a typically blistering display of speed.
Smartly away under David Allan, the 5-1 co-favourite was always in the front rank and showing plenty of dash, he powered to victory by a length and a half from Pabusar, with Monsieur Joe three-quarters of a length away third.
Easterby said: "He's a superstar. He just loves it here and he's like a rocket. No matter what the ground is, he just goes and does it.
"It's the Nunthorpe - no doubt about it. That's where he goes. We might run him in the King George Stakes at Goodwood first, but we might wait for here."
Royal Rascal (7-4 favourite) made it a brace for Easterby and Allan in the John Smith's Nursery and could now also return to the Knavesmire in the Lowther Stakes.
"She's a very classy filly. We had her in the Cherry Hinton at Newmarket, but she was low down on the ratings so we came here instead," said Easterby.
"I've been dying to run her on good ground. We might run her in the Lowther."
Kieren Fallon completed a 44-1 double on Anderiego and Mount Athos.
Mount Athos (5-1) staked a claim for the Betfred Ebor when defying top weight of 10st in impressive fashion in the John Smith's Silver Cup.
The Luca Cumani-trained five-year-old produced a telling burst of speed over a furlong out to settle proceedings in a matter of strides and win by four lengths from High Jinx, with Lyric Street a neck back in third.
"They didn't go much of a gallop which didn't suit him, but he showed a better turn of foot than I thought he would. It was a good performance," said Fallon.
The rider had earlier brought the David O'Meara-trained Anderiego (13-2) with a smooth run near the stands side to give the 10-strong Ebor Racing Club their first winner on the Knavesmire in the John Smith's Racing Handicap.
Mount Athos's owner Dr Marwan Koukash doubled up with the Mick Channon-trained Very Good Day (8-1) in the John Smith's Stayers' Handicap.
The Kevin Ryan-trained Blaine (7-2), a half-brother to the stable's Bogart, made a pleasing winning debut in the John Smith's Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
"He's been a professional from the day we got him. He's in the Gimcrack and all the big sales races," said Ryan's assistant Joe O'Gorman.