BY THE TIME THE prestigious and valuable 7f heritage handicap on the card was staged, the rain had desisted and the 19 runners, three for Shadwell, arrowed down the straight track with the seeming third string for the late Shehih Hamdan’s operation, Danyah, landing the spoils, completing a double for William Buick, sporting a pink cap for Owen Burrows.

With the owner’s retained jockey, Jim Crowley, in action at York, the ‘second string’, Dane O’Neill, had opted to partner top weight Motakhayyel who was sixth, one place behind the third Shadwell runner, Aldaary.

A 4yo homebred gelded son of Invincible Spirit, the winner was second, under O’Neill, at Royal Ascot in the Buckingham Palace Stakes, over the same 7f course and distance. This was his fourth career victory, first this year at the fourth attempt and it was a good performance considering he was conceding weight to all 18 rivals, bar the aforementioned Motakhayyel.