Game Sporting strikes for Collins

Sporting Gesture is likely to bid for a sixth course win at his beloved York on Sunday after giving amateur Chris Collins a first career success on the Knavesmire.

Sporting Gesture is likely to bid for a sixth course win at his beloved York on Sunday after giving amateur Chris Collins a first career success on the Knavesmire.

The 10-year-old will be having his 100th race on the Flat – plus one over hurdles – should he turn out for the Jinnah Restaurants Apprentice Stakes (Handicap).

Mick Easterby’s charge (7-1) hung on by three-quarters of a length in the Bollinger Champagne Challenge Series Stakes for amateur riders.

The winning jockey, 22, was once an apprentice at Mark Johnston’s stable and is now working at a chartered surveyors in the Yorkshire capital.

He is also the son of York racecourse vet Mark Collins.

“That’s my fourth ride. I work at a chartered surveyors firm but I rode out at Mr Easterby’s for an hour every day to keep fit,” said Collins.

Echo Of Light could try for back-to-back victories at Longchamp on Arc weekend after smashing the nine-furlong course record.

Godolphin’s five-year-old took just one minute 46.76 seconds as he repeated last year’s success in the Group Three TurfTV Strensall Stakes.

Frankie Dettori blazed the trail on Echo Of Light, who galloped on too strongly for the opposition.

The 5-4 favourite romped clear by two and a half lengths from the staying-on Halicarnassus, with Kandidate a further three-quarters of a length back in third.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “There is a race for him he won last year on the day before the Arc over a mile (the Prix Daniel Wildenstein). We might take him there.”

John Egan took the professional honours with a 671/4-1 double on Philanthropy and Generous Jem.

His enterprising tactics paid off when Philanthropy, the 25-1 outsider of seven, landed the UBS Garrowby Stakes.

Egan got a soft lead on Kevin Ryan’s runner and had all his rivals struggling in the straight as he powered his way to a shock two-and-a-half-length victory.

Ryan sad: “He stuck on well but that last furlong was a long way. He’ll make a lovely jumper and that will be his job one day.”

Egan completed his brace on Generous Jem (13-8 favourite) in the PD Ports Stakes.

George Margarson’s improving filly got the better of Mighty Moon by a neck after a hard-fought duel over the final quarter-mile.

She may bid to defy a 6lb penalty in the Hambleton Cup at Thirsk on Saturday.

“I was thinking of getting her high enough up the handicap to bring her back for an Ebor,” said the Newmarket-based handler.

Captain Macarry (11-1) could go for the Samsung £300,000 St Leger 2-Y-0 Stakes at Doncaster next Wednesday after opening his account in the Cherries Promotions Maiden Auction Stakes.

The youngster disappointed trainer Bryan Smart at Pontefract but faith was restored with a gutsy length and a quarter call over Gala Casino Star under Tom Eaves.

“We’ve taken our time with him and he’s done it well,” said Smart.

“He’s in the Sales race at Doncaster next week. Now he’s a winner he’ll have a chance of getting in.”

Promising apprentice Matthew Davies rode a confident race on Zahour Al Yasmeen in the CSL Scaffolding Apprentice Stakes, while Giant Love put up a gutsy performance in the EBF Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire Maiden Stakes.

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