Gimcrack Stakes Victory for Ahern

The William Haggas charge Approve, under the guidance of jockey Eddie Ahern, has grabbed a victory in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York.

Racing at York

Racing at York

Always prominent, the victor of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, responded well to jockey Ahern's requests, throwing down the challenge two furlongs out, driving well in the last furlong and staying on to lead in the last 100 yards.

It was a first defeat for Temple Meads who, although travelling well and leading from two furlongs out, faded off inside the final furlong, not able to answer the challenge of Approve, who was victorious by three quarters of a length to runner up Crown Prosecutor, with Sir Reginald a further two and a half lengths back in third place.

"It was a straight five on the edge and he likes that," said Ahern.

"When I rode him in the July Stakes he was on the rails and he didn't like that.

"When I saw the draw I was delighted to be honest, to be right on the edge.

"He needed every yard of the six so I committed early."

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Racing manager Harry Herbert, for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, commented, "He's just the toughest two-year-old and a really excellent horse to be involved with.

"In France last time he just seemed to lose concentration and Eddie said, with tongue in cheek, if he'd ridden him he would have won.

"William trained the winner of this for us a few years ago with Conquest."

Trainer Haggas was delighted to have another victory saying, "It's fantastic to win this race again. As a Yorkshireman, to win it once was great but obviously twice is even better.

"It's no mean performance to win it with a penalty.

"He lost his way in France a bit but today he was a Group winner and the rest had only won maidens and there was the Super Sprint winner too.

"I can hardly say this has been the plan and I've no idea where we go next."

Brian Meehan, trainer of second placed Crown Prosecutor, said, "It was a very pleasing run. We looked like we'd got the beating of the Super Sprint winner (Temple Meads) but then found the other one too good on the line.

"He's come back from Goodwood well and he's in all the races at the end of the season."

Jim McGrath, owner of Sir Reginald, said: "We're delighted with that. He's obviously a useful horse and if we place him right, he could win a Listed race."

Temple Meads trainer Ed McMahon said regarding his fourth place, "He ran with the choke out slightly. It looked like he hadn't stayed, but I think he just needs more cover.

"You've not seen the best of him yet."

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