Nawton trainer sees double as he eyes York crown

Anderiego, left, from David O’Meara’s in-form yard, wins the Sky Bet Supporting The Yorkshire Racing Festival Stakes

Anderiego, left, from David O’Meara’s in-form yard, wins the Sky Bet Supporting The Yorkshire Racing Festival Stakes

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DAVID O’MEARA appears to be on an inexorable journey towards a second straight top trainer’s championship at York Racecourse after enjoying yet more success at the track.

Alejandro and Anderiego struck during Knavesmire's two-day Music Showcase meeting last weekend, putting the Nawton trainer on eight victories for the season.

With the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival to come next month, and meetings in September and October, the Arthington Barn Stables handler seems destined to match the double figure total he posted 12 months ago - when he ended Malton trainer Richard Fahey's seven year reign at the top.

Alejandro (15-2) displayed true grit to win the Skybet Best Odds Guaranteed Stakes on Saturday.

The five-year-old, ridden by David Nolan, fought out a thrilling duel with Alfred Hutchinson inside the final furlong, and was even overtaken, before putting his head down and getting back up by a neck.

“He won here last month and he is a really tough horse,” O'Meara said following the seven furlong showdown, which brought up that eighth York victory of the season.

“He loves this ground and it is his sort of trip. He was also given a great ride. David has ridden 20 winners for us and we were his biggest provider last year.

“We love using him when Danny Tudhope can’t ride and he comes and rides out for me so he is well up on what goes on (at the yard).”

Anderiego, meanwhile, posted his third win at York when scooping the Sky Bet Supporting The Yorkshire Racing Festival Stakes at the track's Friday evening meeting.

It was the first time the six-year-old (9-2) had seen the winner's enclosure since triumphing in the same contest two years previously.

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.

Owned by the Ebor Racing Club, syndicate founder Andrew Franks, who lives in York, 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.”

O'Meara now takes G Force to Glorious Goodwood on Saturday as the exciting three-year-old runs in the Betfred King George Stakes. The longer term target is next month's Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

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