MULTIPLE South African Gr1 winner Yorker ran a very good race on his UK debut for rainer William Haggas, finishing second to Godolphin’s Scottish in the Gr3 Betfred Mobile Strensall Stakes over 1800m at the Ebor Festival, York.
Yorker hadn’t seen a racetrack for over two years. He was exported to Dubai in August 2014, where he joined Mike de Kock but was sidelined with niggling problems and transferred to Haggas in 2015.
Yorker (14-1, yellow silks) came from last in a 10-horse field under Pat Cosgrave and stayed on behind the strong galloper Scottish, who kept going unchallenged. Haggas, who described the six-time winning South African bred as “a talented horse” will be looking to win a similar race with the seven-year-old soon.
Scottish, in turn, will be heading for Australia and trainer Charlie Appleby said: “He came out of his Haydock run well and the form had been franked by the winner in France.
“We told William Buick to be positive because with the strong tail-wind he’d be hard to peg back. He won’t get into the Cox Plate this year so we’ll look at the Caulfield Cup.”