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  • 14:30 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes 6f

  • (Group 2) £150,000 added 2yo 8 ran
  • Winner £95,741 2nd £36,210 3rd £18,097 4th £9,040
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 11.53s
  • Off time: 14:32:48

Blaine proves magic in Gimcrack

Game juvenile retains unbeaten record

Last Updated: 24/08/12 5:22pm

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Blaine and Philip Makin run on gamely to deny Heavy Metal

Blaine and Philip Makin run on gamely to deny Heavy Metal

Blaine battled on gamely to land the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York.

This was a second win in the Group Two contest for trainer Kevin Ryan, following the success of Amadeus Wolf in 2005.

Blaine and eventual second Heavy Metal were in the firing line throughout (along with Euxton Hall) and those held-up off the early pace struggled to land a blow in the six furlong contest.

Lewisham was always struggling after missing the break but Morawij travelled strongly in midfield as did Pearl Acclaim who was tracked throughout by Odooj.

When those in front gradually increased the steady tempo, the chasing pack found that they couldn't close the gap and, as Euxton Hall dropped away, it was left to Blaine and Heavy Metal to fight out the finish.

Got Talent

Despite having just a maiden win at the track to his name, the son of Avonbridge edged out his more experienced rival by a head under Philip Makin with a length back to Cay Verde in third.

Makin said: "He's got a talent and that's only his second run. I was very pleased with him.

"He travelled great and picked up great in the end."

The juvenile (a half-brother to the same yard's Bogart) is owned by Matt and Lauren Morgan who are in their first venture with Ryan and were joined in the winner's enclosure by former England cricketer Dominic Cork.

Exceptional Work

Ryan said: "He's a good horse and still quite a weak horse. His work at home has been exceptional and I was quietly confident he would prove it on the day.

"We were a bit worried we were getting a bit too much rain, but he's handled the ground OK.

"He's going to develop and he's got great heart. He's very relaxed and he loves what he's doing."

Ryan did not nominate a specific target for his charge, but suggested he may only make only more appearance as a juvenile.

He said: "We'll take him home and see how he is in the next week. He'll tell us when he's ready to run again. It's fairly likely he'll have one more run this season."

Mark Johnston said of the runner-up Heavy Metal: "Joe (Fanning) said he came there to win it, but he just couldn't get past the winner.

"Our horse likes top of the ground and it maybe just wasn't quite fast enough for him today. It certainly wasn't as fast as it was at Goodwood.

"It was still a good performance. He's in the Middle Park Stakes but the ground might be against him by then, so we'll see."

Fanning was found to have used his whip above the permitted level and was banned for September 7 and 9.

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