Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes
| Group 2, York 15:00
6f, Class 1
1 Lusail 7/2
2 Gis A Sub 8/1
3 Twilight Jet 18/1
11 ran Distances: 1¼l, ¾l, ½l
Time: 1m 10.13s (slow by 0.53s)
Lusail storms home with ears pricked at the line in the Group 2 @ABE_Dubai Gimcrack Stakes for Pat Dobbs and @rhannonracing @yorkracecourse pic.twitter.com/OOIXEkKmBX https://t.co/HVGaUGcgOZ via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) August 20, 2021
A 3lb penalty for his victory in the July Stakes on his previous start failed to stop the Richard Hannon-trained Lusail from chalking up a second Group Two win.
Pat Dobbs had him tucked away off the pace as Last Crusader made the early running, with Gis A Sub always prominent, while the 3-1 favourite Berkshire Shadow compromised his chance by being slowly away.
Up front, Lusail burst through to score by a length and a quarter from Gis A Sub, with Irish raider Twilight Jet three-quarters of a length away in third.
Hannon said: “He’s so straightforward. I brought him here for his maiden and I didn’t actually fancy him, I had another in the race I thought would nearly win (Secret Strength) as he wasn’t really there in his coat. But he’s very uncomplicated.
“He’s already proved he stays seven. The best thing we did was not go to Ascot and he’s on his way to being another stallion for Al Shaqab.
“This is the one two-year-old who has the class and scope for next year and he already stays seven. He’s in the Middle Park and the Dewhurst and I’ve put him in the Jean-Luc Lagardere. He’ll take one of those on. He’s under the radar and the best ones are like that.
“He goes well with Dobbsy because they are both so laid back.”
He added: “My horses have run terribly all week, I can’t explain what happened to Ehraz as he’s a very good horse but he didn’t show it on Wednesday.
“This lad is a Guineas horse, no doubt, he’s got the scope but we’ll take what we can now.”
Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2)
£150,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
1 (7) Lusail 2 9-3 Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs 7/2
2 (4) 1¼ Gis A Sub 2 9-0 Kevin Ryan Kevin Stott 8/1
3 (1) ¾ Twilight Jet 2 9-0 M D O'Callaghan Leigh Roche 18/1
4 (8) ½ Fearby 2 9-0 Edward Bethell P J McDonald 5/1
5 (6) nk Eldrickjones 2 9-0 Roger Fell Ben Curtis 16/1
6 (10) 1 Last Crusader 2 9-0 K R Burke Daniel Tudhope 40/1
7 (11) nk Berkshire Shadow 2 9-3 Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy 3/1F
8 (2) shd Vintage Clarets 34 2 9-0 Richard Fahey 34 Paul Hanagan 12/1
9 (3) 10 American Star 2 9-0 Ed Walker Tom Marquand 18/1
10 (9) 1¼ Spitting Feathers 2 9-0 Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves 66/1
11 (5) hd Orazio 2 9-0 Charles Hills William Buick 15/2