Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes
Group 2, York 15:00
£225,000 added,
2yo only,
6f, Class 1    
Friday 24th August 2018

1 Emaraaty Ana 5/1
2 Legends Of War 14/1
3 Shine So Bright 9/4F
9 ran Distances: ½l, ¾l, 2l
Time: 1m 10.79s (slow by 1.09s)

Emaraaty Ana
© Grossick Photography
Emaraaty Ana

Replacement jockey Frankie Dettori had the Kevin Ryan-trained Emaraaty Ana out of the stalls smartly and led all the way over six furlongs to give the Hambleton Lodge handler a fourth Gimcrack triumph.

Legends Of War made late gains on the leader, but was still half a length down on Emaraaty Ana (5-1) at the line. Shine So Bright was three-quarters of a length back in third. 

Aidan O’Brien’s The Irish Rover was out of the placings. 

Ryan said: “It’s great to win it again, that’s four times now.

“He’s always been very good, he won first time but then I was a little disappointed at Newbury when the ground was a bit loose.

“He’s still immature, but will definitely get further. Frankie just said not to over-race him this year, as he’ll make a lovely three-year-old.

“I thought his immaturity might find him out close home, but he dug deep.

“You don’t tell Frankie how to ride a horse, but I did say to him don’t be afraid to make it.”

The son of Shamardal was given a 20-1 quote for the Qipco 2000 Guineas by RaceBets , and Ryan added: “He should get a mile next year so that makes you think about the Guineas.

“I think he’ll run again, possibly the Dewhurst but nothing is set in stone.”

John Gosden said of Legends Of War: “He ran a lovely race. I couldn’t be more pleased with him.

“He was nicely ridden. The winner was always too good for us, but I’m really, really happy.

“To finish second in the Gimcrack is great and that (six furlongs) is his trip.

“We’ll go straight to the Middle Park.”

Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2)
£225,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (6) Emaraaty Ana 5/1 L Dettori
K A Ryan 2
2nd (8) ½ Legends Of War (USA) 14/1 Oisin Murphy
J H M Gosden 2
3rd (3) ¾ Shine So Bright 9/4f W Buick
A M Balding 2
4th (7) 2 The Irish Rover (IRE) 7/2 R L Moore
A P O'Brien 2
5th (9) ½ Showout 16/1 Hollie Doyle
Archie Watson 2
6th (4) Semoum (USA) 33/1 L Morris
G Peckham 2
7th (1) nk Space Traveller 5/1 D Tudhope
R A Fahey 2
8th (5) ½ Cosmic Law (IRE) 11/1 P J McDonald
R A Fahey 2
9th (2) 10 Chuck Willis (IRE) 12/1 Callum Shepherd
C Hills 2

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