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Summer special from Flotus on the Knavesmire

Flotus asserted her authority with a cosy victory in the Group Three William Hill Summer Stakes at York.

Dropping in class and back to fillies-only company after finishing third in the Commonwealth Cup, Flotus was sent off the 9-4 favourite for the six-furlong feature.

Silvestre de Sousa kept a tight hold through the early exchanges as Gale Force Maya set the gallop, but when he allowed Flotus to stride on, she soon grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck.

Adaay To Remember and Gale Force Maya tried their best to get back on terms, but the Simon and Ed Crisford-trained Flotus was too good, coming home a length and three-quarters clear.

Just a neck separated the second and third, with a further length back to fourth-placed Teresa Mendoza.

Coral make Flotus a 6-1 chance from 8s for the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood, while she is 12-1 with the same firm for the One Nunthorpe Stakes back on the Knavesmire next month.

Ed Crisford said: “That was very straightforward. Obviously she was coming here off the back of a very good run at Ascot, she ran a huge race and it was nice to see her come here and win today.

“She’s had a Group Three win and that’s what we were looking for. She’s done it really, really nicely. She likes the quick ground, the track here suited her well.

“I’ll talk to Silvestre, but he said five (furlongs) wouldn’t be a problem as she’s just so quick.

“We might come back here, she’s entered in the Nunthorpe, or we might go to Goodwood. We’ll speak to the owners and see.”

Flotus and Fight to fly Crisford flag at York

Simon and Ed Crisford are targeting York this weekend with two of their stable stars, Flotus and Without A Fight.

The filly Flotus bounced right back to her best at Royal Ascot when third against the colts in the Group One Commonwealth Cup.

She drops in class and is back in against her own sex in the Group Three William Hill Summer Stakes on Friday.

“Obviously she ran a really great race in the Commonwealth Cup against Perfect Power and Flaming Rib, who are heading to the July Cup,” said Ed Crisford.

“We were very pleased with her and she absolutely bounced out of Ascot. This obviously looked like the suitable option and she’s in great form heading into it.”

Without A Fight returned to winning ways last time out in Listed race over course and distance and steps up for the Group Three John Smith’s Silver Cup.

“He seems in good form and has come out of that Listed win well. We know he acts on the track and he likes the ground. I think we’ll be heading there,” Crisford went on.

“He ran well against Hukum in Dubai, has got some really good form and I think he’s an improving older horse.

“Each run, he seems to be improving again and I think the trip is good for him. I do think he stays that trip well and it opens up a lot of doors.”