Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes
Group 2, York 15:00
£100,000 added,
2yo only,
6f, Class 1    
Friday 21st August 2020

1 Minzaal 5/2
2 Devilwala 11/1
3 Mystery Smiles 9/2
9 ran NR: Lauded Distances: 2l, ¾l, ½l
Time: 1m 11.21s (slow by 1.51s)

Completing a treble for jockey Jim Crowley, Minzaal fluffed the break in the six-furlong Group Two but soon got back on terms and travelled supremely well throughout.

Mohawk King tried to make all, but Minzaal made smooth progress to take up position on the leader’s shoulder with two furlongs to run and really stepped up a gear when asked to go about his business.

Having just his third start, Minzaal drifted across the track a touch in the final furlong, but he had a ready two lengths in hand at the finish over Devilwala, with Mystery Smiles back in third.

Coral offered 20-1 about Minzaal for next year’s 2000 Guineas and 10-1 for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot.

Burrows said: “That was very straightforward. He didn’t jump out very quick, but I don’t think Jim wanted to set him alight in any case, as he has so much speed.

“He just lets him find his rhythm and Jim said he couldn’t believe how well he was going – if anything he got there too soon, but there was nothing else he could do.”

Looking to potential targets, the trainer said: “I think he’s all speed, I don’t think he needs to be going further than six furlongs, so we’ll be looking Middle Park rather than Dewhurst and it will be straight there.

“I don’t see him as a Guineas horse, more Commonwealth Cup and Jim thinks that, too.”

Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2)
£100,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft (in places)

1 (4)    Minzaal 2 9-0 Owen Burrows Jim Crowley 5/2
2 (8)
2 Devilwala 2 9-0 Archie Watson Rossa Ryan 11/1
3 (7)
¾ Mystery Smiles 2 9-0 Andrew Balding Silvestre De Sousa 9/2
4 (1)
½ Escape Route 2 9-0 Richard Fahey Daniel Tudhope 20/1
5 (3)
½ Mohawk King 2 9-0 Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs 7/1
6 (2)
1 Yazaman 2 9-0 William Haggas Tom Marquand 3/1
7 (5)
shd Roman Dynasty 2 9-0 Joseph Parr Andrea Atzeni 66/1
8 (10)
4 Seven Brothers 2 9-0 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott 14/1
9 (9)
21 Ubettabelieveit 2 9-0 Nigel Tinkler Oisin Murphy 9/1
NR 3 (6) Lauded 2 9-0 Tom Dascombe NON RUNNER

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