Frankie Dettori was at his best at Knavesmire when Kinross came in with a late flurry to win the City Of York Stakes for the fit Ralph Beckett.
The five-year-old had heralded his well-being when he necked out to Sandrine at Goodwood in the Lennox Stakes, but the tables were easily turned in this Group Two contest.
Dettori stood motionless as he kept up the pace set by Art Power, who was quickly challenged by Pogo and Sandrine as he approached the last furlong.
However, once Kinross was given an inch of rein, Dettori barely had to move a muscle to coax his mount away. The 5/1 chance had a length and a quarter to spare on Pogo’s line, with Sandrine a length and a half further down in third position.
Beckett said: “He should have won the Lennox, that’s a matter of opinion. We thought this race really suited him and he did.”
“As he got older he got tougher, he was pretty fragile as a young horse, he didn’t really hit maturity until he got castrated and then it just kind of worked from there.”
“It definitely doesn’t depend on the ground anymore and that’s great, we took care of it last year and it worked for us. We haven’t had as many options this year, I was always going to win from the middle.”
“I’m delighted, he’s a really fun horse to have. He could go to the Park Stakes, I’d drop him back to sixth in the Haydock Park sprint if he runs smooth, but he’ll definitely go to the Foret everybody.” be okay.”
Alflaila prepares a big money offer in Bahrain
Alflaila came last to first under Jim Crowley to plunder Group Three Sky Bet and Symphony Group Strensall Stakes in York.
Masekela set a decent pace in the nine furlong meet and still had every chance with a furlong to run, however, once the ex-champion jockey found his groove, the Owen Burrows-trained son of Dark Angel found another gear. .
The 3/1 shot became the first three-year-old to win the contest since 2009, with two and a quarter lengths to spare over Finest Sound, who held up well under Silvestre de Sousa.
Mighty Ulysses, ousted as the even favorite, proved disappointing, briefly flattering until his career petered out with a furlong to go.
“He can get your heart racing a little bit because he walks slow, but that suits him and going up on a ride now I felt like he hit the line hard,” Burrows said.
“He galloped around the corner and I think another kilometer wouldn’t be too bad. They started running and left it a bit flat for a second, but once he hit top speed he picked up the pace and did well.”
“He first won at Ascot, missed the break at Jersey and looking back he was never going to be competitive back then. He ran well at Newmarket, he’s making great progress.”
“This is a Bahrain win and you’re in, but that’s November. He’s in for the Arc weekend at Prix Dollar on Saturday, but Anmaat is in too, we’ll see.”
Soulcombe and Doyle storm Melrose victory
soulcombe turned the Sky Bet Melrose Handicap in York into a procession under the direction of Hollie Doyle.
Slowly, as usual, the William Haggas-trained three-year-old only made his handicap debut in June with a humble 68.
He went on to move up 6lbs at Ascot but was beaten at Goodwood last time around when he turned heads behind Secret State.
Sent off as a 3/1 favourite, Doyle started to make progress with two furlongs to run, but prolific winner Caius Chorister had the rest of the field down the stretch.
If it hadn’t been for the badly handicapped winner, David Menuisier’s filly would have won for the sixth time in a row, but Soulcombe could have scored twice the 4 1/4 lengths she scored if Doyle had wanted to. The adjuvant was third.
The winner was a relatively rare ride for Haggas’s Doyle, who employs her husband Tom Marquand as her stable jockey.
“He’s very talented but he has some quirks, he should have won at Goodwood but he was way behind, although he finished well,” Haggas said.
“I haven’t done much with him between races, he’s just been quiet. He only won 83, he could win a little more, but I don’t know if he’ll win a Stakes race.”
“It’s well-bred (by Frankel, of the Group One winners), when they’re well-bred and they stick around and get their trust, you never know what can happen.”