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City Zen provides trainer Tony Coyle with first ever York Racecourse winner
A BARGAIN buy gave Norton trainer Tony Coyle his first ever winner at York Racecourse.
City Zen (2-1), snapped up for only £8,000 at the breeze-up sales, had a neck to spare over Zac Brown in the five-and-a-half furlong Brittains Vodka EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.
Unfortunate not to have notched up a win in her first four racecourse appearances, Coyle’s juvenile, ridden by Malton jockey Barry McHugh, had last been seen in Group company when ninth in the Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr.
City Zen tracked the leaders yesterday, was ridden to the front inside the final furlong and held on as Zac Brown challenged strongly.
“She’s a good filly and deserved to win her maiden,” said Coyle. “She has been very, very unlucky – has been drawn badly and I was kicking myself for running her at Ayr.
“I should have withdrawn her but she was only beaten by three-and-a-half lengths and she will only improve. This is my first winner at York and she was a good buy for £8,000.”
Ryan Moore extended his lead in the race to be top jockey at York after Graphic won the £25,000 This Isn’t The ‘Stan James Champion Hurdle’ Stakes.
The ex-champion jockey, who isn’t riding today at the final meeting of the 2013 season on Knavesmire, rattled in his tenth winner of the year as the 10-3 favourite stepped on the gas with about a furlong left to travel in the mile contest.
Jack’s Revenge and Rockalong were left floundering as Graphic, trained by Yorkshire-born William Haggas at Newmarket, scored by a length-and-a-quarter.
“He’s done very well. He ran very well in the Cambridgeshire and he is in a good vein of form at the moment,” Haggas said. “He looks well and that’s why we keep running him. If he runs again this year it will be in a new handicap at Nottingham on November 6.”
Mayfield Boy (9-1) scooted up the stands’ side rail to give Warthill’s Mel Brittain a winner in the Website Designers Yorkshire Maiden Auction Stakes.
Former Malton rider Paul Hanagan steered Lahaag (8-1) from off the pace to win the Parsonage Hotel and Cloisters Spa Stakes.
The contest only began in earnest inside the final three furlongs and Lahaag hunted down Hanoverian Baron to win by three-quarters of a length. Nicholascopernicus took the runners-up spot.
Elsewhere on the penultimate day of the 2013 York season, Aeolus (9-1) bolted up in the opening TSG Stakes. Ed McMahon’s juvenile strode impressively clear inside the two furlong pole on his way to a three-and-a-half beating of Musical Comedy.
Take Cover (5-1 jt-fav) gave Bawtry trainer David Griffiths and jockey David Probert victory in the Novus Stakes.
The three-year-old was always prominent in the five furlong handicap and held off the Richard Hughes-ridden Kyleakin Lass by a length-and-a-quarter.
Richard Fahey kept his hopes alive of winning an eighth successive York top trainer’s championship after Dusky Queen (14-1) won the closing Future Cleaning Services Apprentice Stakes by half a length from Monakova.
The victory puts Fahey on eight York winners for the season, tied with Hambleton’s Kevin Ryan and two adrift of Nawton’s David O’Meara.
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