Joy for Ryan family at York
Last Updated: 21/08/14 2:52pm
Blaine (fifth left, black and white silks) emerges under Amy Ryan to snatch the Symphony Group Stakes at York.
Amy Ryan went a long way to exorcise the ghosts of an horrific fall at the track 13 months earlier when taking the opening contest of the 2014 Ebor meeting at York aboard 12/1 chance Blaine.
Twelve months ago winning trainer Kevin Ryan had also taken the spoils with Bogart, who was in the race again and led for much of the contest before just being run out of the places.
But it had been aboard Bogart that his daughter, jockey Amy, had suffered injuries that could have ended her career when the horse's saddle slipped, catapulting his helpless rider to the ground at high speed.
Another injury sustained in an accident at home has again hampered Ryan's prospects in the saddle this season, but there was no disguising her joy after this short-head success.
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"This is only my third winner since January and things have been very tough, but days like this are the pay-off," she said.
Move In Time (8/1) looked to have done everything right under Danny Tudhope and shot clear with a furlong to run, though B Fifty Two was still boxing away on the opposite side of the track.
But Ryan got Blaine rolling down the centre and the 12/1 chance prevailed by a short head, with B Fifty Two another neck away in third.
"I thought we'd just got there but I haven't won a photo in about eight years so I didn't dare celebrate," continued the winning rider.
"It took me a long time to get over what happened here last year, and even now I still need an operation on my ankle, which is so swollen that I have to pick and choose my rides a bit and try to stay safe.
"I think a lot of people thought I wouldn't come back. My dad's not too keen, and I did think about it, but it's my passion. It's my job, it's what I do.
"The owners of this horse [Matt and Lauren Morgan] are like best friends to me and I'm so pleased for them."
Kevin Ryan added: "I'm delighted for Amy. It's been a long road back since her injury and she's proven she can still do it on the big stage."
Of Blaine, he said: "He was a real good two-year-old but then struggled last year.
"It's great for the owners as they had to be really patient and I told them he would come back. They never lose their ability."