Hooray for Victory in Lowther Stakes

The Sir Mark Prescott charge, Hooray, under the good guidance of jockey Seb Sanders, has had an impressive outing in the Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes at York, making all and holding off the late challenge of Margot Did.

Sir Mark Prescott

Sir Mark Prescott

After a disappointing showing at Newbury over five furlongs earlier this month, Sanders mount was well placed during the race, staying on well in the final furlong to record a three quarters of a length victory over Margot Did, followed by Rimth back a further two and a half lengths in third place.

Prescott said of his charge, "It's taken the trainer long enough to get it right! We tried her at five furlongs which was too sharp and the last thing to do was let her bowl along over six.

"We'll have to look at Group Ones now, but today was probably her day.

"I wasn't sure it would work, it was just another thing to try.

"She's been keen before, a little bit too keen, and badly drawn twice.

"I had a detailed discussion with Seb this morning and then we ran it through Mr Thompson at Cheveley Park. I thought I'd obviously met his expectations right because he noticed that there was prize money down to sixth.

"Everybody will be thrilled. She is a home-bred filly so it's a great day for all of them.

"She is better than I thought she was.

"I thought she was plenty good enough to run in these races, but I didn't think she was good enough to win one unless everything went her way.

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Jockey Sanders was thrilled by the victory and added, "We were always going to step forward today and she got there very easily.

"This filly generally tends to go a bit to the right so it was important that we got the rail.

"She is a bit of a handful but she has got lots of speed.

"Today Sir Mark decided to put her in front and she pricked her ears and did it very well."

Michael Bell trainer of Margot Did said, "She was all dressed up with nowhere to go, but we had to ride her like that today.

"The exciting thing is, she'll definitely get further looking at that.

"We'll look at the Cheveley Park Stakes, but we might go for the Firth Of Clyde at Ayr if it's fast ground."

Third placed Rimth's trainer Paul Cole's Rimth said, "She was very green at Windsor and because we had to rush her to get here she was very green again.

"She had sore shins after her début, which was why she missed Ascot, and I'm delighted she's run so well after so long off.

"I think she'll come on a hell of a lot and we'll try to win a Listed race before looking at the Cheveley Park."