Dual Winners in Dead Heat

The Yorkshire Racing Festival Pomfret Stakes produced a thrilling end when there was a dead heat in the feature event when Rio De La Plata and Mabait were unable to be separated by the judge.

Yorkshire Festival

Yorkshire Festival

Harrison George took the starters away and when Paul Hanagan accelerated turning in, for a couple of lengths it appeared as if he had got past the runners.

Rio De La Plata challenged well, nonetheless, and Daragh O'Donohoe must have had the belief that he had the event won.

Fallon could be noted making furtive progress on the outside though and as the duo flashed past the line he looked to have had the goods.

Nevertheless, there was zero between them on the photo freeze frame and the two divided the goods.

Regrettably, Zacinto was disappointing once more for Sir Michael Stoute.

O'Donohoe said, "He travelled well through the race. The only thing was I would have preferred more juice in the ground.

"I think he would have won and picked up a lot better.

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"Today he battled well and gave me everything. It was the just the ground that found him out.

"It was a bit too fast for him, but he's back. We can take him anywhere now as long as he comes home safe."

Godolphin's representative William Balding stated, "He ran great and we're very happy with him. He did everything right and stuck his neck out.

"I'm sure Simon (Crisford) and Saeed (bin Suroor) will sort something out for him."

Fallon commented on Luca Cumani's Mabait, "I thought I'd won a neck. I knew where the line was. He was coming back at me but I thought I'd got it.

"He ran a great race and was back to form after his run at Newmarket.

"He's been on the go a while but all our horses are in great form, they look great and he is one of those that keeps progressing.

"Hopefully there is more to come. The turning track here suited him and I think he's capable of stepping up again."

Sarah Cumani, the trainer's wife added, "He ran a really good race and everything suited him well.

"He liked the turning track and enjoyed the smaller field as he's been up against it in big handicaps. This suited him well and we are thrilled.

"I thought we'd got there. It was good and they both deserved to win."

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