Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes
Group 2, York 15:10
£220,000 added,
2yo only,
6f, Class 1  
Saturday 22nd August 2015

1 Ajaya 7/2
2 Ribchester 25/1
3 Raucous 17/2
NR: Buratino (IRE)
8 ran Distances: 1¼l, 2l, 2½l
TIME 1m 10.84s (slow by 0.84s)

William Haggas-trained Gimcrack Stakes winner Ajaya will head to Middle Park Stakes

Ajaya added further lustre to a fine week at York for trainer William Haggas with an authoritative success in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes.

Ridden by Graham Gibbons, the Invincible Spirit colt, who won on the Knavesmire in July and was second to Gutaifan in the Prix Morny on his previous outing, travelled comfortably as American raider Finnegan cut out the pace.

As the latter began to tire, Ajaya (7-2) picked up smartly for Gibbons from the two-furlong pole and quickly put the race to bed when asked, holding the finish of Ribchester by a length and a quarter.

There was further joy for Haggas with stablemate Raucous running a race full of promise in third.

Gibbons said: "Coming down to the two I thought it would take a good one to beat me. He showed some turn of foot and even though he is small he has a big action. He galloped right to the line."

Haggas said: "Ajaya has done nothing but improve physically.

"The rain scuppered his chance in France. It started raining two hours before and it was game over.

"I think we'll go for the Middle Park Stakes now and take it from there."

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He added: "Raucous is developing really well. He was a bit too raw for this race and he'll be a good horse, I hope.

"We're very fortunate with our two-year-olds this year. We never have a lot, but I'm sure they are helping each other along."

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2)
£220,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (9) Ajaya 7/2 Graham Gibbons
W J Haggas 2
2nd (5) Ribchester (IRE) 25/1 T Hamilton
R A Fahey 2
3rd (4) 2 Raucous 17/2 P Cosgrave
W J Haggas 2
4th (7) King Of Rooks 11/2 L Dettori
R Hannon 2
5th (1) 1 Steady Pace 4/1 James Doyle
S bin Suroor 2
6th (6) ½ Areen (IRE) 12/1 G Lee
K A Ryan 2
7th (3) ½ Finnegan (IRE) 11/4f Edgar Prado
Wesley Ward 2
8th (2) 15 Ode To Evening 12/1 W Buick
M Johnston 2
NR (8) Buratino (IRE) 3/1 NON RUNNER
M Johnston 2

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