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  • 13:45 Symphony Group Handicap5f 89y

  • £40,000 added 3yo+ 15 ran
  • Winner £25,904 2nd £7,708 3rd £3,852 4th £1,924
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 3.48s
  • Off time: 13:47:55

Early Strike For Yorkshire

By Tom Peacock and Ashley Iveson, Press Association Sport.   Last Updated: 17/08/10 5:32pm

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Hamish McGonagall - locally-trained winner.

Hamish McGonagall - locally-trained winner.

Yorkshire celebrated the opening winner of the 2010 Ebor Festival as the Tim Easterby-trained Hamish McGonagall obliged in the Symphony Group Handicap.

Easterby, who trains at Great Habton in Malton, has already managed to grab two decent prizes with the five-year-old this season, at the Knavesmire in May, and then at Musselburgh.

Sent off at 9-1, Hamish McGonagall and David Allan were always in the vanguard and pulled away comfortably in the closing stages to score by a length and a half from Judge 'n Jury.

Easterby said: "He's taken time to come to himself. He's a really big horse but he's strengthened up now and he's just a proper horse.

"He's only got two speeds - hack and very fast. Russ Garrity rides him at home and he has to work on his own because he can be very keen.

"He likes to get his toe in but he wouldn't want the ground too heavy.

"He's in a race at the Curragh on Sunday week (Flying Five Stakes) but we'll just see how he comes out of this as he's had quite a hard race today.

"It's fantastic to have winners here - this is our Ascot."

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