Ahern sparkles with York treble

Eddie Ahern stole the show at York with a terrific 117-1 treble, highlighted by Masamah’s victory in the feature sportingbet.com Sprint.

Ahern sparkles with York treble

Eddie Ahern stole the show at York with a terrific 117-1 treble, highlighted by Masamah’s victory in the feature sportingbet.com Sprint.

The jockey had to be at his strongest on the Kevin Ryan-trained speedster to hold off Doctor Parkes and Celerina by half a length and a neck respectively.

Races like the Wokingham at Royal Ascot and the Ivestec-sponsored “Dash” at Epsom could now be on the winner’s agenda.

“He ran a great race from the draw he had at Chester so this was not a big surprise,” said Ryan.

“He’s a lovely horse. I was quite confident he’d run a big race.

“I’ll have a chat with Marwan (Koukash, owner) and then we’ll decide where we go next.

“He’s relaxed well there but I don’t see any problem of going over six furlongs in the future.

“I’m delighted for Marwan – racing needs people like him.”

Ahern also took the two main supporting races with Times Up (5-2 favourite) winning over a mile and three-quarters for the first time in the Listed Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup.

John Dunlop’s five-year-old saw the trip out well, leading over two furlongs from home and galloping on too strongly for Theology for a four-length verdict.

Ahern began his winning spree with a solid victory on Chachamaidee (11-4) in the sportingbet.com Conditions Stakes.

The rider had to keep the Henry Cecil-trained filly up to her work to strike by a length and a half from the favourite Kakatosi.

It was also a good day for Ryan.

The North Yorkshire trainer saddled Brocklebank (100-30) to take the Yorkshire Regiment EBF Median Auction Maiden Stakes at the Knavesmire, as well as striking with Our Jonathan at Chester.

Richard Fahey, the top trainer at York, did not leave empty-handed either as Common Touch (7-2 favourite), part-owned by race committee chairman Nicholas Wrigley, followed up his recent course-and-distance success in the Sportingbet And Yorkshire Evening Post Stakes.

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