Horse Racing

Gosden caps golden York with 1-2 in Ebor

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — John Gosden wrapped up a profitable Ebor Festival at York on Saturday when he saddled the first two home in the prestigious handicap after which the four-day meeting is named.

Gosden's champion stayer Stradivarius netted a 1- million (US$1.3-million) bonus on Friday to follow Roaring Lion's triumph in the Juddmonte International on the opening day.

Now it was the turn of the Newmarket trainer's well-backed 11-1 shot Muntahaa, who beat stablemate Weekender in the 500,000 closing day showpiece.

“We had a dream run,” reported winning jockey Jim Crowley, while Gosden, revelling in hitting the Ebor bullseye for the first time, said: “I've never had either the winner or second so good.”

For Crowley this was a welcome change of luck after disappointment on favourite Battaash in Friday's Group One Nunthorpe Stakes.

Muntahaa earned a quote of 20-1 from one Irish bookmaker for November's Melbourne Cup.

The hard luck story of the race belonged to Stratum. Willie Mullin's favourite encountered traffic problems on the inside rail and was never able to land a blow.

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