Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup
Group 2, York
£140,000 added,
4yo plus,
1m 6f, Class 1
Friday 16th May 2014

1 Gospel Choir 7/2
2 Tac De Boistron 4/1
3 Tiger Cliff 10/1
NR: Biographer
12 ran Distances: nk, ½l, 2½l
TIME 3m 0.36s (slow by 2.86s)

Gospel Choir
© Racehorse Photos

Gospel Choir
Gospel Choir held on under Ryan Moore to deny the fast-finishing Tac De Boitron in the Skybet Yorkshire Cup.

Sir Michael Stoute nominates the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot as the most likely next destination.

Winner of the Jockey Club Stakes last time out, Sir Michael Stoute's five-year-old was stepping up in trip under the unstoppable Ryan Moore and was sent off at 7-2.

Moore was keen not to hit the front too early and plenty held chances with a furlong to run, but Gospel Choir took over and went a length clear. Tac De Boistron, racing on ground faster than he prefers and over a trip short of his best, came from out of the pack and was closing with every stride to get to within a neck. It was a further half-length to Tiger Cliff.

Moore said: "I'm not sure he wants a mile and six really, but he was good enough today."

Stoute added: "He's a very admirable, competitive horse, he sticks his neck out and doesn't like to get beaten. Ryan had doubts about the trip and he gave him a very good ride. That was a very good horse he's beaten, albeit he was getting 4lb from him. What's very important to him is the ground, he doesn't want bad ground.

Tac De Boistron

Tac De Boistron
"I would think the Hardwicke would be favourite. We've got some options, he's versatile, he ran very well in the Earl Of Sefton over nine furlongs."

Tac De Boistron's trainer Marco Botti said: "I think the drying ground and the drop in trip were not ideal, but we have to be very, very happy.

"The Gold Cup is the priority, but we would want cut in the ground, ideally. There is also the Irish St Leger later in the season and then back to France for the Cadran and the Royal-Oak."

Sky Bet Yorkshire Cup (British Champions Series) (Group 2)
£140,000 added, 4yo plus, 1m 6f, Class 1
12 ran
Going: Good

Gospel Choir
Sir Michael Stoute
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
7 - 2
Tac De Boistron
M Botti
Andrea Atzeni
9st 4lbs
4 - 1
Tiger Cliff
A King
T P Queally
9st 0lbs
10 - 1
1/2 length
Seal Of Approval
J R Fanshawe
Hayley Turner
9st 1lbs
10 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
High Jinx
J R Fanshawe
S W Kelly
9st 0lbs
14 - 1
1/2 length
S bin Suroor
K Fallon
9st 0lbs
8 - 1
J H M Gosden
W Buick
9st 0lbs
9 - 1
1/2 length
Glen's Diamond
R A Fahey
T Hamilton
9st 0lbs
16 - 1
1/2 length
L M Cumani
J Fanning
8st 11lbs
16 - 1
1 length
D O'Meara
D Tudhope
9st 0lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
R M Beckett
Jim Crowley
8st 11lbs
10 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
Penglai Pavilion
C Appleby
James Doyle
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
1 1/4 length
D R Lanigan
T E Durcan
9st 0lbs

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