Wigmore Hall Triumphant in Cup

The Michael Bell trained three year old, Wigmore Hall gave jockey Martin Lane the most important triumph of his career up to now as he succeeded to fight off second placed Kings Gambit by a short head in the John Smith's Cup at York.

Wigmall Hall

Wigmore Hall

The stewards' inquiry into potential interference inside the last furlong, against the front runners, led to a tense ten minutes or so at the conclusion of the race, but did not change the outcome of the Cup.

Wigmore Hall, considered an unfortunate third placing in the Listed Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot previously, had been challenging favouritism with Imposing prior to the event.

Shane Kelly charged out swiftly on Desert Kiss and jockey Lane had to come back from a late start, which placed him among the back of the runners.

Enclosed by contenders, with Demolition on one side and Forte Dei Marmi and Wigmore Hall and others on the other, as the race drew close to the last two furlongs, Kelly was still the frontrunner.

Finally, the absolute weight of challengers was overwhelming as Desert Kiss faded away and Kings Gambit took the lead, fighting back Demolition.

Lane led his charge on Wigmore Hall and the two took the challenge to the lead inside the final furlong.

Although there was some jostling between the two forerunners, the Stewards did not deem it was enough to affect the outcome and the placings.

Riding for the first time for Bell, Lane said, "This means a lot to me. I've worked hard for this and it means so much. He likes to be dropped in and it was just a matter of coming through the field.

"He's not quirky, he just enjoys bigger fields and like to chase a fast pace. I was always confident he had got up."

Lane commented on the stewards' inquiry saying, "My horse lost his action behind about 75 yards out and gave Jamie's horse a bump.

"If it had been a nose and not a short head it could have gone the other way."