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Nymphadora shows plenty of dash to strike at York

Nymphadora claimed a clear-cut victory in the Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes at York.

Sixth behind the exciting Desert Dreamer on her racecourse debut at Newmarket last month, Andrew Balding’s juvenile was a 13-2 chance as she stepped up to Listed class on the Knavesmire.

Jason Watson’s mount moved to the front passing the two-furlong marker and while several challengers attempted to reel her in, the daughter of No Nay Never refused to yield and passed the post with a length and a quarter in hand.

Canonized filled the runner-up spot, with 7-2 favourite Crazyland close-up behind in third.

Paddy Power quote Nymphadora at 8-1 for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

Watson said: “She showed ability on her first run and that day she kind of jumped slow and ended up leading the race.

“She’s come on plenty for that today, she travelled like a real star.

“She got to the front and was looking around her, obviously still a bit green with it being her second run.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if she did a stay a bit further, there’s obviously a bit more in the tank.

“She’s obviously shown she can do it over five (furlongs) today, she’s not short of speed.

“Maybe with a bit more time she can go over six, it’ll be interesting to see what she can do – she gave me a really nice feel.”

Balding’s wife, Anna Lisa, added: “She’s always shown plenty at home, at Newmarket she showed her pace and she’s built on that today.”

Surrey Pride (left) on his way to victory at York
Surrey Pride (left) on his way to victory at York (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

The Joe Tuite-trained Surrey Pride made a successful return to action in the Matchbook ‘Best Value’ Exchange Handicap.

Making his first appearance since finishing seventh in the November Handicap at Doncaster, the 5-1 shot got the better of Makram by a length and a quarter in the hands of James Doyle.

Tuite said: “He stuck to his guns, James was pretty impressed with him.

“He’s a horse we’ve always liked a lot, but we didn’t quite get to where we wanted to go last year.

“There’s Ascot, there’s lots of options now, including possibly coming back here in July for the John Smith’s Cup.”

Boardman (yellow) was much too good for his rivals
Boardman (yellow) was much too good for his rivals (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Boardman obliged as the 7-2 favourite in the Jigsaw Sports Branding Handicap for Tim Easterby and David Allan.

The five-year-old was a winner at Haydock just last week, and followed that victory with another over the same seven-furlong trip when easily cutting through the field of 18 with a furlong and a half left to travel.

Piloted by David Allan, the Kingman gelding defied a 5lb penalty to cross the line a comfortable three and half lengths ahead of 18-1 chance Danielsflyer.

“He’s a very nice horse,” Easterby said.

“He was very hot when he came to us, but we’ve transferred him to our hill gallop now and he’s settled like a baby.

“We bought him to go to Chester because that’s where the owners are from, so if there’s a good race there that’s where he’ll go, but they’re happy to come to York.”

Bedford Flyer (6-1) secured top honours in the Yorkshire Equine Practice Handicap, getting the better of Nomadic Empire by a length under Lewis Edmunds.

Trainer Les Eyre said: “He’s quick. We’ll go back and have a look (at the programme book), we’ve no particular plans.

“We have dreams, but we’ll keep them in the cupboard for the time being!

“He’s an easy horse to train. I’d love to claim a bit of credit for him, but really he does it all himself.

“I think if you try to mess around with him, drop him in or do this that and the other, it doesn’t work. It’s a matter of get him out, hands down and he does the rest.”