By Duane Fonseca
Saturday’s feature at York Racecourse, the £1 million Ebor Handicap, was won by Irish trainer-jockey pair of Ger Lyons and Colin Keane respectively after Mustajeer stormed to a three fourths length success ahead of Godolphin’s Red Galileo.
John Gosden schooled Ben Vrackie set the pace early with Keane bringing Mustajeer to the front three furlongs from home in the 2800m contest. Pressure increased from the chasing pack in the closing stages, but Mustajeer and Keane had done enough and strongest challenger Red Galileo, the charge of Saeed bin Suroor, was forced to settle for second under Cieren Fallon. Desert Skyline took third a further half length behind.
Keane said: “It was a very good performance. It was pretty smooth and I probably got there a bit sooner than I wanted to.
“His aim at the start of the year was to be here and it’s a brilliant training performance by Ger. I’m just grateful to be riding him.”