Skybet York Stakes (Group 2) 1m 2f 88y
- (3yo+, 1m 2f 88y, Class 1, 7 runners)
- Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360 5th £2,690 6th £1,350
- Going: Good to Firm
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 2m 6.26s
- Off time: 14:55:17
|2nd||8 Secret Gesture||nk||6/1|
Danadana (IRE) 79
|6||129 9-3||L M Cumani||Andrea Atzeni||113||4/1|
|5||129 9-3||R Hannon||S M Levey||114||12/1|
|5||129 9-3 h||D M Simcock||Martin Lane||109||7/1|
|4||129 9-3||Saeed bin Suroor||K Fallon||109||6/4f|
Zambucca (SAF) 14
|6||129 9-3||Miss Gay Kelleway||D Nolan||102||25/1|
Long John (AUS) 14
|4||127 9-1 b||C Appleby||G Lee||114||5/1|
Secret Gesture 40
|4||126 9-0||R M Beckett||J P Spencer||108||6/1|
||6||93||Saeed bin Suroor||P Mulrennan||110||NR|
||4||9-2||W J Haggas||P Hanagan||4/9|
Saeed Bin Suroor has won this twice in recent years and is double handed this time. Sharestan began last year in winning form at Meydan and reappeared this term to beat Sheikhzayedroad and one other rival in a Group 3 at Sandown. He couldn't make the progress to get involved at this level in the Hardwicke Stakes though his overall form looks just that bit stronger than that of his stablemate Windhoek. Godolphin also run LONG JOHN and he looks the answer. He just escapes a penalty for his Group 1 victory in Australia and he landed the UAE 2000 Guineas at Meydan in February. He made an eye-catching UK debut in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot and should be good enough for this. Last year's Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture didn't have much to beat at Nottingham but at least showed herself in good heart and has to be respected while Danadana has a course and distance victory to her credit.
Sharestan (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Raced wide early and held up in mid-division, headway on outside 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, no chance with winner when lost 2nd over 1f out, lost 3rd 150 yards, no extra and dropped to 5th close home, 5th of 10, 11l behind Telescope (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Sheikhzayedroad 11-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway halfway, hard driven over 3f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Newmarket 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gs in Jun beating Gatewood (9-3) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Secret Gesture 4-7fav (9-0) Tracked leaders after 3f, ridden over 2f out, effort between horses inside final furlong, driven to lead near finish, won at Nottingham 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jun beating Wall Of Sound (9-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Windhoek 5-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along to lead over 1f out, pushed out, won at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf beating Amralah (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Producer 4-1 (9-1) Slowly away, held up in last pair, headway under pressure over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, went 4th in closing stages, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 5l behind Guest of Honour (9-1) at Ascot 1m Grp 2 (1) gf.
Zambucca (SAF) 50-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway on rails over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, kept on into 5th in closing stages, never going pace to threaten but nearest finish, 5th of 9, 5l behind Guest of Honour (9-1) at Ascot 1m Grp 2 (1) gf.
Danadana (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leading pair, pushed along over 4f out, went 3rd over 3f out, soon driven along and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Noble Mission (9-3) at Chester 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft in May.
Long John (AUS) 5-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, last pair and pushed along over 3f out, headway under strong pressure over 1f out, hung right and went 3rd inside final furlong, never going pace of leading duo, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Guest of Honour (9-1) at Ascot 1m Grp 2 (1) gf.