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  • 14:50 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes 6f

  • (group 2) £140,000 added 2yo 11 ran
  • Winner £89,963 2nd £34,021 3rd £17,003 4th £8,501
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 11.67s
  • Off time: 14:51:27

Approve Lands Gimcrack

Last Updated: 18/08/10 4:00pm

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Approve edges out Crown Prosecutor.

Approve edges out Crown Prosecutor.

The Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York went to William Haggas' Approve in the hands of Eddie Ahern.

The 8-1 shot, winner of the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot back in June, was under strong driving some way from home but kept responding to his jockey's urgings.

The previously unbeaten Temple Meads travelled best into the final furlong but he was unable to repel Approve, who got up to score by three-quarters of a length.

Crown Prosecutor edged out Sir Reginald for the runner-up spot.

"It was a straight five on the edge and he likes that," said Ahern. "When I rode him in the July Stakes he was on the rails and he didn't like that.

"When I saw the draw I was delighted to be honest, to be right on the edge.

"He needed every yard of the six so I committed early."

Harry Herbert, racing manager for owners Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "He's just the toughest two-year-old and a really excellent horse to be involved with.

"In France last time he just seemed to lose concentration and Eddie said, with tongue in cheek, if he'd ridden him he would have won.

"William trained the winner of this for us a few years ago with Conquest."

Haggas was thrilled to land another success and added: "It's fantastic to win this race again. As a Yorkshireman, to win it once was great but obviously twice is even better.

"It's no mean performance to win it with a penalty.

"He lost his way in France a bit but today he was a Group winner and the rest had only won maidens and there was the Super Sprint winner too.

"I can hardly say this has been the plan and I've no idea where we go next."

The runner-up's trainer Brian Meehan said: "It was a very pleasing run. We looked like we'd got the beating of the Super Sprint winner (Temple Meads) but then found the other one too good on the line.

"He's come back from Goodwood well and he's in all the races at the end of the season."

Sir Reginald is owned by Channel 4 Racing pundit Jim McGrath, who said: "We're delighted with that. He's obviously a useful horse and if we place him right, he could win a Listed race."

Temple Meads eventually passed the post in fourth and his trainer Ed McMahon, added: "He ran with the choke out slightly. It looked like he hadn't stayed, but I think he just needs more cover.

"You've not seen the best of him yet."

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