Tasleet surges clear in the Duke of York Stakes

Filed on 18 May 2017 @ 11:41

Four-year-old Showcasing colt Tasleet (Showcasing) ran out a dominant winner of the Group Two Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes on soft ground at York on Wednesday, going clear in the final furlong to beat last year's winner Magical Memory by two-and-a-half lengths.

Comicas ran on strongly to claim third.

Winning trainer William Haggas said: "He is a very talented horse. I always thought he wanted fast ground but he seemed to revel in that. He has to run in stakes races now as we have got to make a man of him.

"He has been a relatively sound horse but he just had a real bad injury(last year) to a hind ankle which took a hell of a long time to clear up. I always fancied coming back to six furlongs. He ran over seven on his comeback in the spring when I wanted to run in the Abernant but he had a foot issue.

"This was always the next step and the next step is about another month away. I would think he is unlikely to run again and he will head to the Diamond Jubilee, I've got to try and make him a Group One winner.

"We could look to France, the Prix Maurice de Gheest over six-and-a-half-furlongs will be perfect."

Angus Gold, racing manager for winning owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, added: "He's a smashing horse and it's just fantastic. He was a good two-year-old, he won the Greenham last year and then got hurt.

"He's come back with all his enthusiasm. He appears to have come on a lot for his comeback run. I'm really chuffed and all credit to William and his team."

Filed on 18 May 2017 @ 11:41