York: Gimcrack glory for Muhaarar
Muhaarar got up by just a nose to take the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York, giving Paul Hanagan a good end to what has been a disappointing week on the Knavesmire. Hanagan had failed to win on the fancied pair of Taghrooda and Mukhadram earlier in the week but was back to his brilliant best to get Charlie Hills’ charge up by just a nose to Jungle Cat.
It was a typically brave front running performance from the Mark Johnston trained Jungle Cat who was pushed to the front from the break by Silvestre De Sousa. The pair were still at the head of affairs as the field approached the final 1/4 of a mile, where they were joined by the strong travelling Ahlan Emarati, who looked the likely winner passing the furlong pole.
Muhaarar was starting to get going under the urgings of Hanagan in behind at this point and showed a really gutsy mentality to outstay his hard fighting rivals. Jungle Cat went down bravely by just a nose, with Ahlan Emarati a further 1/2 length back in third. 11/4 favourite Baitha Alga, the Norfolk Stakes winner, put in a poor performance under Frankie Dettori, eventually coming home last of nine after being eased down.
Hanagan said: “He knuckled down well, he really put his head down for me and is really genuine.
“I thought it was a really good run last time (third to Kodi Bear at Ascot), and Charlie was very confident coming into the race.
“It’s good to get a winner, I had my heart broken on Thursday (with Taghrooda) but as long as she is safe and sound that’s the main thing.”
Trainer Hills added: “This is our third winner of the week, so it’s been good.
“He’s always shown potential and we tried to stretch him over seven furlongs last time. He’s growing up now.
“He’s in all the top-class races and I think the Middle Park will be his primary aim.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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