By Duane Fonseca
James Doyle’s dogged determination ensured Shine So Bright dug deep into his farthest reserves to come up with what was needed to only just beat favourite Laurens in the Group 2 City of York Stakes on the final day of the Ebor Festival at York Racecourse on Saturday.
Doyle, who replaced the sidelined Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle, made sure he kept the pressure turned on from the start as Laurens came at them as soon as the gates flung open.
Trained by Andrew Balding, 3yo Oasis Dream colt Shine So Bright made all to win by a nose from the Karl Burke trained and PJ McDonald ridden Laurens, with Cape Byron a further two lengths behind in third.
Balding's wife, Anna Lisa, said: “He’s like a pocket rocket. He’s not very big, but he’s got a huge heart and he’s a star. All credit to the team at home to get a horse as fit and ready to go like that.
“He just had a little niggle (reason for absence). That was pretty impressive.
“It was a good run in the Guineas. James Doyle hadn’t sat on him before and he said he really did give me a nice feel. He's got a big heart. It looks like seven is his trip. The trainer will decide where to go next, but it was lovely to see him back so well. Thrilled.”