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Ebor Festival: David O’Meara’s Midas touch keeps Knavesmire winners flowing
10:30am Saturday 24th August 2013 in Sport
FEW things seem to be more reliable at York Racecourse in 2013 than a David O’Meara winner.
The Nawton trainer is in unstoppable form and began the third day of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival as he ended the second – with a winner after Chancery (7-1) cruised to victory in the Sky Bet Stakes.
Jockey Danny Tudhope arrived at the two-furlong marker cruising on board the five-year-old and the length-and-a-quarter victory flattered the runner-up Rio’s Rosanna.
Tudhope had sat out Thursday’s York meeting with a suspension as O’Meara notched a double and the trainer said: “It’s great for Danny after he missed out. He’s a huge part of our team.
“Danny is riding with so much confidence. The horse travelled as well as I have ever seen him and he won going away.
“Hopefully he is going to progress and turn into a horse that could be competitive at a higher level yet.”
The win sent O’Meara into double figures for the York campaign as he bids to end Malton handler Richard Fahey’s seven-year run as Knavesmire’s champion trainer.
But, elsewhere, it was jockey Silvestre de Sousa and Godolphin’s day as the duo celebrated a treble with Ahzeemah, City Style and Golden Town.
Ahzeemah (4-1) just got the better of Simenon in a thrilling toe-to-toe battle in the last furlong to win the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup.
The two-mile Group 2 contest turned into a sprint as Johnny Murtagh, on board Simenon, desperately tried to keep his six-year-old in front.
The jockey had sought to make all on the Willie Mullins-trained Irish raider and kept on to the finish as the horse gave the strong impression that a couple of extra furlongs might be required.
Ahzeemah managed to get a head in front with about 100 yards left to travel and held on.
Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said of his consistent charge, who was runner up behind Brown Panther in the Goodwood Cup last month: “He’s improved a lot. We know he’s tough and he tries very hard. Now we’ve got options open for him.”
City Style (9-1) then just managed to cling on to the Sky Bet Strensall Stakes. The seven-year-old asserted and went well clear with a couple of furlongs left in the £75,000 contest but seemed to stall – sticking his head up in the air – and Danadana came surging through only to fail by a neck.
Golden Town (4-1) ran greenly in the Sky Bet Convivial Maiden Stakes but was still more than a length too good for the flying Red Galileo at the line.
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