ANDERIEGO likes nothing better than a win at York Racecourse.
Of the six-year-old’s four career successes, three have now come on the familiar home comforts of Knavesmire – just a stone’s throw from where one of his owner’s is based.
A victor in the Sky Bet Supporting The Yorkshire Racing Festival Stakes two years ago, the six-year-old (9-2) hadn’t seen the winner’s enclosure since.
But he rolled back the years, nothing able to get close when he scorched down the stands’ side rail to snare the £12,500 mile contest by a length and three quarters from Green Howard.
It was Nawton trainer David O’Meara’s seventh win of the York season and he is heavily odds-on to retain his top trainer’s title at the track.
Owned by the Ebor Racing Club, syndicate founder Andrew Franks, based in South Bank, said of Anderiego: “It has been two years since he last won. It has been a long time but we have been very patient.
“We had every confidence in him. He ran a cracking race. He loves York but he is very quirky. He doesn’t like to lead, he can’t go a fast gallop and he doesn’t like passing horses.
“The way he finished the race off was fantastic.”
The Darley Yorkshire Oaks could be Tasaday’s next port of call after the Godolphin filly enjoyed a successful British debut when taking the seventh running of the Listed British Stallion Studs Lyric Stakes on Knavesmire.
The Group 2 winner in France, a 6-4 favourite, was a neck too good for Raskova in the mile and a quarter £40,000 contest.
Ridden by Kieren Fallon, Tasaday was wrapped up early on, racing in around fifth, and the six-time champion jockey waited patiently until a gap emerged with about two and a half furlongs to travel.
Raskova and Regardez laid down a strong challenge but neither were able to get past the daughter of Nayef.
Entered for York’s premier Group 1 for fillies and mares at the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival next month, Fallon feels big things could be ahead.
“She’s a lovely filly. She is very well bred and her trainer Saeed bin Suroor has taken his time with her,” he said. “The ground was a bit quick but William Derby (York chief executive and clerk of the course) has done a great job.
“It was nice and safe and, without that, we would have been in trouble. Saeed obviously has big things in mind but this was only her second start for her.”
It was 15-up for up-and-coming jockey Samantha Bell after Arctic Feeling (9-1) took the Tim Bresnan Testimonial Season Stakes.
The apprentice used her five pound claim to full effect on the Richard Fahey-trained six-year-old, sweeping down the stands’ side rail to beat Mon Brav by a length and a quarter.
It was Arctic Feeling’s seventh win for the Musley Bank handler, Fahey’s fourth of the Knavesmire season and brought up Bell’s 15th career success.
Robin O’Ryan, Fahey’s assistant trainer, said: “She (Bell) gets a good tune out of him and he just needs to settle early. He needs a good gallop and he earns his keep every year.”
Fahey had to settle for second, though, half an hour later when Celestial Path (16-1), trained by Sir Mark Prescott, saw off Intiwin by a length and a half in the Batleys Cash and Carry Median Auction Maiden Stakes under rider Chris Catlin.
Joys of Spring (5-2 fav) comfortably won the opening DRS Television Apprentice Stakes for Newmarket trainer Luca Cumani.
The three-year-old was always travelling the best in the mile contest and was leading as the runners came into the home straight.
Apprentice Gianluca Sanna put the race to bed when asserting at the two furlong marker and, despite edging a touch to the left, still had a length and a quarter in hand over Norton trainer Brian Ellison’s Top of the Glas at the winning post.
Sanna said: “I was just really lucky. She doesn’t want to hit the front too soon and, in the last furlong, she was really slowing down.”
On his association with Cumani, he added: “He has been really nice to me. It’s a great opportunity to come in and ride at racecourses like this. It’s great and such a nice atmosphere. It is my dream to make it in British racing."
Boroughbridge jockey Paul Mulrenna picked up a York winner when Meadway (11-1) claimed the closing Novus Stakes for Sutton Bank trainer Bryan Smart.