FORMER South African racer Yorker, now with William Haggas in The UK, followed his workmanlike third place in his Gr3 debut in the Strensall Stakes to Melbourne Cup contender Scottish with an excellent second to the filly Quebee in Wednesday’s Listed Sanctuary Fortune Stakes over 1600m at Sandown.
Yorker (Pat Cosgrave) was only narrowly beaten after getting his nose in front with 200m to run – post-race experts reckoned he was still marginally short of his best and that his luck could turn next time out in similar company.
“Yorker will improve again for that, he needs more pace and will be hard to beat next time,” commented Empire International Bloodstock (@EIBloodstock), who snapped the photo of Yorker below when he was cooling down shortly after the race.
Quebee, a daughter of Derby hero Sir Percy, had been placed in all but one of her seven starts for Clive Cox, including winning three of her last four going into this one-mile contest.
In receipt of upwards of 2.5kg from her seven rivals, jockey Harry Bentley bided his time after being slowly away and it was still anyone’s race with four in a line approaching the furlong pole.
However, Bentley saw a gap up the rail and the brave Quebee (16-1) quickened up nicely to join affairs, eventually pipping Yorker by a neck, with Muwaary staying on for third, half a length back.
The EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine could be next on the agenda for the progressive Quebee.