Sheikh pounces late in York Stakes
Sheikhzayedoad sneaked up the inside to beat the game front running Secret Gesture in a pulsating three way finish to the Group 2 Skybet York Stakes, with well supported favourite Windhoek a close third.
The David Simcock trained hold-up performer, wearing the hood, benefited from the strong pace set by Secret Gesture. Being set-up to swoop late up the inside under Martin Lane to win at a price of 7-1.
There was a lack of front runners in the field and surprisingly there was a strong gallop set by Jamie Spencer who seized the opportunity. His mount Secret Gesture, last season’s Oaks runner-up, travelled strongly throughout the contest and looked very likely to win in the home straight.
She was then joined by favourite Windhoek, who hit the front, only to fade late on to surrender the lead to the fast finishing Sheilhzayeroad under Martin Lane.
Simcock said: “The Canadian International has been the long-term plan. We’ll find another race before that.
“Hong Kong’s an option and he’ll go back to Dubai. He’ll have his Group Two penalty now so things will be tougher. As he’s got older he’s become an easier ride.”
Lane added: “I didn’t think we were going to get there until the final furlong but they went fast and the race couldn’t have been run to suit us any better.
“To win a big race like this is always great, but York is always one of my favourite tracks to ride at because of the enthusiastic crowds. It’s a special victory.”
By Sean Jackson / Photo: John Walton/EMPICS Sport
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