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  • 15:50 Sky Bet Supporting The Yorkshire Racing Festival Pomfret Stakes 1m 4y

  • (listed) £40,000 added 3yo+ 6 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 43.25s
  • Off time: 15:50:53

Duo Dead-Heat In Thriller

Last Updated: 25/07/10 5:51pm

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Fallon - had to settle for a dead-heat.

Fallon - had to settle for a dead-heat.

There was a thrilling dead-heat in the feature race, the Sky Bet Supporting The Yorkshire Racing Festival Pomfret Stakes, as Rio De La Plata (5-2) and Mabait (5-1) could not be split by the judge.

Harrison George took the field along and when Paul Hanagan kicked on turning in, for a few strides it looked as if he had slipped the field.

Rio De La Plata quickened well, however, and Daragh O'Donohoe must have thought he had the race in the bag.

Fallon could be seen making stealthy headway down the outside though and as the pair flashed past the post he looked to have done enough.

However, there was nothing between them on the freeze frame and the pair shared the spoils.

Unfortunately for Sir Michael Stoute Zacinto disappointed yet again.

O'Donohoe said: "He travelled well through the race. The only thing was I would have preferred more juice in the ground.

"I think he would have won and picked up a lot better.

"Today he battled well and gave me everything. It was the just the ground that found him out.

"It was a bit too fast for him, but he's back. We can take him anywhere now as long as he comes home safe."

Godolphin's representative William Balding added: "He ran great and we're very happy with him. He did everything right and stuck his neck out.

"I'm sure Simon (Crisford) and Saeed (bin Suroor) will sort something out for him."

O'Donohoe picked up a two-day ban (August 8 and 9) for careless riding.

Fallon said of Luca Cumani's Mabait: "I thought I'd won a neck. I knew where the line was. He was coming back at me but I thought I'd got it.

"He ran a great race and was back to form after his run at Newmarket.

"He's been on the go a while but all our horses are in great form, they look great and he is one of those that keeps progressing.

"Hopefully there is more to come. The turning track here suited him and I think he's capable of stepping up again."

Sarah Cumani, wife of the trainer, added: "He ran a really good race and everything suited him well.

"He liked the turning track and enjoyed the smaller field as he's been up against it in big handicaps. This suited him well and we are thrilled.

"I thought we'd got there. It was good and they both deserved to win."

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