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Kevin Ryan's Astaire wins Gimcrack Stakes at York Racecourse
KEVIN RYAN kept the Irish Gimcrack Thoroughbred Marketing Stakes trophy in North Yorkshire after Astaire danced to victory in the six furlong contest at York Racecourse.
The 5-1 shot, ridden by Neil Callan, joined last year’s winner Blaine, and the 2005 victor Amadeus Wolf, in coming out of the trainer’s Sutton Bank yard to claim the Group 2 feature.
Callan had his mount in front after the first few strides and kicked on for glory about two furlongs out in the £200,000 race. It looked to be a decisive move as he took three lengths out of his rivals.
But, just as victory seemed assured, Astaire started to tie up badly in the final 100 yards.
Callan was only just able to get his mount home by a neck from the fast finishing Wilshire Boulevard.
A delighted Ryan said: “It felt like an extra five furlongs (the last 100 yards). I thought the line was never going to come.
“He ran a little bit with the choke out. He’s very laid back at home but as soon as he gets on a racecourse he wants to go and please you.
“Neil said when he gave him a squeeze and he took a couple of lengths out of the field, he thought they were never going to catch him.
“Winning any race at the Ebor meeting is massive. He’ll go straight to the Middle Park Stakes now.”
Callan added: “The race worked out well for me. He’s a very simple ride and you just let him jump and use himself.
“With the different ground, I wasn’t sure how much he would handle it and we had to take it by chance. He just saved enough to get home. That was a long final furlong and we were treading water.”
Ryan was later celebrating a double when Hot Streak (3-1), won the Listed Julia Graves Roses Stakes thanks to a fast finish from jockey Jamie Spencer.
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