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Last Updated: 28/07/12 3:46pm
Sri Putra: Ran on strongly despite drifting across the track
Sri Putra ran on well to claim a dramatic renewal of the Sky Bet York Stakes on Saturday.
Roger Varian's six year old has been a regular in the top middle distance races in recent seasons where he has generally played a bit part role but the son of Oasis Dream took centre stage in the Group Two contest.
Stablemate Pekan Star helped to cut out the early pace, setting a moderate gallop, and the whole field were covered by no more than a couple of lengths as they spread across the width of the track with two of the 10 furlongs still to run.
The well-backed Jet Away, who had started slowly, was coming home strongly up the stands' side rail but Tom Queally had to snatch his mount up as Ransom Note squeezed him up in a domino effect that had been started by Afsare.
Kieren Fallon's mount had taken drifted to his right when taking up the running but when challenged by Sri Putra on his other side, Luca Cumani's runner drifted back across to the far side of the course with the winner ending up hard against the inside rail.
Neil Callan's mount had a neck to spare at the line with the pair finishing three and three quarter lengths clear of Side Glance who didn't appear to last home on his first attempt at the trip.
Sri Putra, who has been placed in two Coral-Eclipses, was sporting a hood and Callan said: "He's quite a classy animal, he's always had to mix it with the best.
"He loves this fast ground and really rattles off it. When things go right he's a very good horse.
"Roger has experimented with the hood with a lot of horses this season and it's really benefited them."
Varian said: ""He's a grand servant and deserved to win a race like this. "Until he won this year he'd gone two years without winning, although he'd run some great races, but it all came together today so we're very pleased.
"I can understand why he was a big price, but if you look through his form he has beaten most of these.
"If the race panned out for him you could see him winning a race like this on fast ground.
"He's run some great races against the likes of So You Think and he's placed in the Eclipse and the Prince of Wales's Stakes.
"He had a race like this in his locker but it all had to work for him and it did today. If the race is run quick horses come back to him and that suits his style.
"I'm so pleased for the owner and the horse that he's Group Two winner now.
"The headgear might just have focused his mind.
"We had Pekan Star make the running so no-one else could dictate it for them. I wasn't sure we were going quick enough but Sri Putra relaxed and some of the others were a bit keen, so it worked out for us.
"I'd like to plan an international campaign for him in the autumn. Where that will take us I'm not quite sure.
"We've got a lot of options around this trip."