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Ebor Festival: Bogart triumph not in league of Amy lift
NO winner will ever match the feeling trainer Kevin Ryan experienced when his daughter Amy got to her feet after a nasty fall at York Racecourse last month.
The Hambleton handler got the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival off to a great start for the home team yesterday when 7-1 shot Bogart surged down the stands’ side rail to take the opening five-furlong Symphony Group Stakes by three quarters of a length from Goldream.
It was all a far cry from the four-year-old’s last appearance on the track, on Music Showcase Saturday on July 27, when the saddle slipped under Amy Ryan and unseated her when challenging at the final furlong marker.
The jockey hasn’t ridden since and, after her boyfriend Brian Toomey suffered serious head injuries following a fall at Perth at the start of last month, the trainer said he was relieved to see her sitting up on the track in the aftermath.
“It put years on me,” Ryan said. “No winner will ever beat the feeling when she got up off the floor. Amy is doing well. She has a little bit of a problem with her shoulder and it’s just going to take a little bit of time. She should be back shortly.
“It’s great to see the horse come back to himself.
“We were confident going into his last race when the saddle slipped. We’re happy he has shown he is still the horse that he was.”
Ryan only narrowly failed to land a double when The Grey Gatsby’s late surge wasn’t enough to win the Pinsent Masons LLP Acomb Stakes.
Treaty of Paris (11-1) made all the running for jockey James Doyle and Wantage trainer Henry Candy but Ryan’s two-year-old, a warm 5-4 favourite before the start, looked outpaced until the final furlong when he surged forward to try to bridge the gap only to be foiled by a neck.
Mark Johnston has got a yard full of expensive horses, but it was with a bargain buy that the Middleham trainer won the Lanstone Building Conservation Stakes.
Broxbourne (6-1) was an unlikely victor in the two-mile contest as well.
Entering the final furlong, it was another of Johnston’s charges, Party Line, who was three lengths ahead of his rivals.
As the line approached, however, Party Line tired dramatically and it was Broxbourne who benefited from her stable-mate’s capitulation – swooping late and denying the fast-finishing Mawaqeet by a neck.
It was Broxbourne’s eighth career win, seven of which she has racked up this year.
“She’s a lovely filly. I can’t believe I got her for £3,500,” Johnston said.
“The race turned on its head in the last 50 yards and she came from nowhere. I’ve struggled for winners here recently but it’s great to get a winner on the board.”
The closing BetVictor.com Stakes was claimed by Bahamian Heights (12-1), who gave jockey Ryan Moore a York double, following the victory by Telescope’s in the Great Voltigeur.
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