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Sky Bet York Stakes (Group 2) 1m 2f 88y

  • (3yo+, 1m 2f 88y, Class 1, 6 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
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 7.18s
  • Off time: 14:55:34
  • Last Updated: July 27 2013, 20:19 BST

Paul Hanagan's decision to head to York to ride Mukhadram was fully vindicated as the four-year-old landed the Sky Bet York Stakes.

Mukhadram saw off the opposition at York
Mukhadram saw off the opposition at York

The former champion jockey chose to head to the Knavesmire rather than partner Ektihaam in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot and having been chased home Al Kazeem in his last two starts, the bookmakers priced him at 4/9 to take the Group Two contest.

The colt was keen enough in the early stages and having made the running, he appeared a sitting duck for his rivals as having seen off Sri Putra and The Apache, Wigmore Hall lurked menacingly in his slipstream.

Michael Bell's gelding could find no more as they entered the final furlong and having made a concerted effort to stay away from the early pace, Frankie Dettori attempted to deliver Grandeur with a rousing finish down the stands rail.

For a moment the favourite looked in trouble but he showed plenty of resolution to see it out to the line.

Hanagan said: "It (York) is a long way to be in front for horses, and that's what makes me more proud of him. I'm very proud of him - he should have really finished second in the Eclipse.

"I struggled to get him on the right leg as his last runs have been the other way round. I didn't have to throw the kitchen sink at him. He doesn't have to lead - he's very straightforward."

A delighted Haggas said: "I think I had him a bit fresh. He was a bit on it today. "I hoped he might be a bit more convincing than that, but it's a Group Two win and you don't win them every day, so we're happy.

"He came here having had two tough runs and it was time he won a Group Two or a Group One. It's a step in the right direction.

"I couldn't watch the race, I just listened to it. I don't normally get nervous, but I don't like those ones when you are supposed to win. I'd rather have one I think will win by nobody else does.

"He's a beautiful horse and we'll see where we go from here."

Asked whether the Juddmonte International could be on the agenda, the Newmarket trainer said: "It is certainly a possibility."

Mukhadram does hold an entry in the Arlington Million, but Haggas ruled out a tilt at the American showpiece.


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