Hallelujah path could lead to gold

James Fanshawe may look to Hallelujah to give him a first winner at Ayr after the mare landed a thrilling victory in the Betfred Garrowby Stakes at York.

Hallelujah path could lead to gold

James Fanshawe may look to Hallelujah to give him a first winner at Ayr after the mare landed a thrilling victory in the Betfred Garrowby Stakes at York.

The Newmarket trainer will see how the five-year-old comes out of her narrow verdict over Ladies Are Forever before making on the decision on the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup on September 21.

Fanshawe’s patience in waiting for some ease in the ground paid dividends as Hallelujah (7-1) struck by a nose on her first start for 72 days, with Mince just a head back in third.

“I’ve never had a winner at Ayr, but it’s a great prize so we will see how she is. It’s less than two weeks away. If the ground is soft up there and she’s all right, it’s very tempting,” he said.

Hallelujah picked up a 5lb penalty for the prestigious handicap, taking her weight to 9st 5lb.

The trainer was also delighted for jockey Hayley Turner, who was having only her second winner since she returned from an ankle injury.

“It’s great for Hayley to back in the winner’s enclosure. I thought she was beat with a furlong to go, but Hallelujah was really tough to get back up again,” said Fanshawe.

“We got away with the good to firm ground first time out, but she’s better with some ease in the ground. She loved the conditions today and she likes a flat track.”

Ryan Moore, who rode Mince, picked up a two-day ban (September 22 and 23) for using his whip above the permitted level.

Paul Hanagan landed a winner on his 33rd birthday when stunning punters with a 33-1 shock on Cosmic Halo for his former boss Richard Fahey in the Coopers Marquees Handicap.

The two-times champion jockey, now retained by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, came with a late run to win by three-quarters of a length from Fragonard with Bishop’s Castle a similar distance away in third and Save The Bees fourth.

Hanagan was denied a double when Flashman went down by a neck to Eagle Rock (8-1) in the Castles UK Educational And Residential Furniture Handicap.

Franny Norton bustled up Eagle Rock to take a leading position in the early stages and it paid off as Tom Tate’s charge kept finding more to come out on top over this extended two miles.

Moore did get on the scoresheet with Remember (7-2). Always prominent, Richard Hannon’s filly landed the Judith Marshall Memorial Nursery in cosy fashion.

The Newmarket maiden winner took second place early on as Imshivalla made the running before taking the lead fully three furlongs out and coming home by a length and a quarter from Makin The Rules.

Alphabet Rap (13-2) built on a Beverley debut third to open his account for trainer David Barron in the Minster Alarms EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.

Jockey Graham Gibbons pounced in the final furlong to score on the Amadeus Wolf gelding by half a length from Rough Courte.

Dean Ivory has enjoyed tremendous success of late with the likes of Sirius Prospect and Tropics, and Lancelot Du Lac continued the run with victory in the Hanson Springs 50th Anniversary Handicap.

The 3-1 favourite was switched to the far rail by Jim Crowley and proved half a length too good for Secondo, who raced on the other side of the course.

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