Opinion Poll takes Lonsdale Cup

Michael Jarvis' young stayer Opinion Poll grabbed the first major prize of what could be many when coming home best of all under Frankie Dettori to win the Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup at York.

Michael Jarvis' young stayer Opinion Poll grabbed the first major prize of what could be many when coming home best of all under Frankie Dettori to win the Weatherbys Insurance Lonsdale Cup at York.

The Newmarket handler has carefully marshalled his career to date as he progressed through the handicap ranks last season.

The Halling colt, sent off at 9-2, does have a distinct preference for soft ground though, and that has seen him withdrawn from countless races so far this season.

When he won a Nottingham Listed race on his seasonal reappearance, the world looked to be his oyster but he was well beaten on good to firm at Goodwood before winning in France.

Fast ground proved his undoing on his previous start at Sandown but he seemed to handle it better here and reopposed the winner that day, King Of Wands, who was sent off the 3-1 favourite.

It was the market leader's stablemate Samuel who proved the biggest threat though, going for home two furlongs out before he was collared near the line by the half-length winner.

"You don't want too many of these in one day. He was quite lazy halfway through the race," said Dettori.

"We had to knuckle down deep in the last two, but I knew there was plenty in the locker.

"He is a much better horse on soft ground but he showed great guts today.

"All those staying races at the end of the season will be under consideration I would have thought, but there's not too many."

Jarvis' assistant Roger Varian said: "In hindsight, it was a good decision not to run him in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and hopefully we can have a good autumn with him."

Exiled Yorkshireman William Haggas won the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes for a second time with Approve (8-1).

Newmarket handler Haggas won the 2006 renewal with Conquest, who also ran in the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing silks.

Super Sprint winner Temple Meads looked the winner for a long way but found the sixth furlong beyond him, leaving Approve to swoop late under Eddie Ahern and beat Crown Prosecutor by three-quarters of a length to add to his Norfolk Stakes win at Royal Ascot.

"It's fantastic to win this race again. As a Yorkshireman, to win it once was great but obviously twice is even better," said Haggas.

"It's no mean performance to win it with a penalty.

"He lost his way in France a bit but today he was a Group winner and the rest had only won maidens and there was the Super Sprint winner too."

Ahern added: "When I rode him in the July Stakes he was on the rails and he didn't like that.

"When I saw the draw I was delighted to be honest, to be right on the edge (outside).

"He needed every yard of the six so I committed early."

Sir Michael Stoute and Kieren Fallon may have missed out narrowly in the Ebor with Rosika, but the old firm teamed up to land the opening totesport.com Stakes with The Fonz.

Replacing the injured Ryan Moore, Fallon has enjoyed plenty of previous success at York for Stoute and drove the 10-1 chance out with real strength up the stands' side rail.

"He's a lovely, big horse and he made it easy for me. We probably got to the front too soon but he battled on well," said Fallon.

"It was a nice, even gallop and a little bit rough where I was. I got shuffled back as they were very tight and everyone wanted to be in the same position."

Stoute added: "He's a nice, little horse and the only blip with him was at Haydock.

"That race came a little quick after his run at Windsor so we freshened him up.

"He's just a game and honest handicapper."

The Listed Julia Graves Roses Stakes went to a very impressive youngster in John Quinn's New Planet to give Fallon a double.

The Sir Alex Ferguson-owned Face The Problem was all the rage but the field split into two which may not have helped his cause.

Following up a debut win at Pontefract, the 17-2 chance held off the late thrust of Pabusar by a neck.

"He did a piece of work the other day and I said to my son that if he didn't run a massive race, we were in trouble," said Quinn.

"He'll be staying at five furlongs for now and something like the Flying Childers would look suitable for him next."

Rae Guest's Conciliatory (8-1) landed the finale, the EBF totepool Fillies' Stakes, for owner-breeder Kirsten Rausing.

"Kirsten always has one or two with me every year and this one has been a long time coming to hand," admitted Guest.

"We'll see what the handicapper does and if he's fairly harsh, I'd imagine Kirsten will be looking to pick up some black type. I hope she stays in training next year."

Jim Crowley, rider of Pabusar, was suspended for three days (September 1-3) for careless riding.

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