De Sousa hits net with Rover

Doncaster Rover got the better of a thrilling battle with Majestic Myles to land the Debenhams City of York Stakes on the Knavesmire.

Doncaster Rover got the better of a thrilling battle with Majestic Myles to land the Debenhams City of York Stakes on the Knavesmire.

There was nothing between the pair in the closing stages, with the finish mirroring the race for the jockeys’ title.

And on this occasion it was challenger Silvestre de Sousa who came out on top by a head over reigning champion Paul Hanagan.

Long-time leader Lechevalier Choisi was a length and a quarter back in third.

“Once he starts coming like that two out, the one thing is he always does it,” said trainer David Brown of the 5-1 joint-favourite.

“He’s genuine and does his best, but he’s had a hard ride and I told Silvestre to keep niggling at him and not give him a minute.

“This horse is spot on and in real good order. We swam him this morning to keep him loosened up.

“I’d be tempted if he was right to go to Newmarket next week for the race he won last year (Hopeful Stakes). It’s a stiff six furlongs and he likes it there.”

Brown reported Frederick Engels to be in fine shape for tomorrow’s Prix Morny in Deauville.

He said: “He’s in fabulous order. He went over on Thursday. He travelled well and ate everything. He cantered on Saturday morning and is in top form, so we’re ready to rumble.”

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