Sky Bet Dash
| Handicap, York 16:10
6f, Class 2
|Saturday 23rd July 2016|
1 Kimberella 9/2F
2 Intisaab 7/1
3 Related 10/1
4 Fast Track 20/1
16 ran Distances: 1¾l, hd, 1l
TIME 1m 9.66s (fast by 0.34s)
Kimberella dominated his rivals to win York's Sky Bet Dash at the third attempt
Trained by Dandy Nicholls, the six-year-old has been an ultra-consistent sprinter for a number of seasons and arrived in good form having finished runner-up on his last two appearances at the Curragh and Chester.
Franny Norton had the 9/2 favourite perfectly positioned throughout and tracked the pacesetting Related on the far side of the track.
Kimberella arrived on the scene travelling with ease inside the final two furlongs and soon sealed the deal, passing the post a length and three-quarters ahead of Intisaab.
Related and Fast Track finished third and fourth respectively.
Norton said: "He's been going up the weights without winning and we thought the handicapper had him.
"He's better with a lead and he's put it to bed quickly."
Alex Greaves, wife and assistant to Nicholls, said: "He can make the running over five (furlongs) but over six he's just better getting a lead.
"We all thought he'd struggle to win off that weight but he's won well.
"The owner has always wanted to win the Great St Wilfrid - the horse loves Ripon - so I'd imagine that will be next, though he is in the Stewards' Cup at Goodwood.
"That might come too soon, though."
Sky Bet Dash Handicap
£50,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 2
Going: Good to Firm
|2nd||(14)||1¾||Intisaab||Shelley Birkett (3)
|P T Midgley||6||10/1|
|4th||(1)||1||Fast Track||Graham Gibbons
|T D Barron||5||20/1|
|5th||(15)||½||Lexington Abbey||P J Smullen
|K A Ryan||5||8/1|
|6th||(6)||1||Tanzeel (IRE)||P Hanagan
|P T Midgley||6||7/1|
|8th||(2)||nk||Cornwallville (IRE)||B A Curtis
|9th||(16)||1½||Louis The Pious||D Tudhope
|10th||(10)||½||Pipers Note||George Chaloner
|R M Whitaker||6||20/1|
|11th||(8)||nse||Tatlisu (IRE)||D Nolan
|R A Fahey||6||12/1|
|12th||(13)||¾||Judicial (IRE)||T P Queally
|Miss J A Camacho||4||16/1|
|13th||(11)||¾||Patrick (IRE)||Cam Hardie
|R A Fahey||4||33/1|
|14th||(12)||s.h||Another Wise Kid (IRE)||G Lee
|P T Midgley||8||25/1|
|15th||(9)||4||Arctic Feeling (IRE)||T Eaves
|R A Fahey||8||20/1|
|16th||(7)||11||See The Sun||D Allan
|T D Easterby||5||7/1|