York

  • 15:00 Duke Of York Blue Square Stakes 6f

  • Winner £56,770 2nd £21,520 3rd £10,770 4th £5,370
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 10.18s
  • Off time: 15:00:38
15:00 York Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Delegator 5/1
2nd Regal Parade 13/2
3rd Tiddliwinks 40/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (4) 5/11261- Beige, dark blue hoops, dark blue and beige hooped sleeves, dark blue cap Markab 249
Distance Winner
8 9-12 H Candy P Cosgrave 118 10/111.00
2 (7) 153223- Red, white star, red sleeves, white stars, old gold cap Dalghar (FR) 191
5 9-7 A M Balding J Fortune 113 7/18.00
3 (9) D35/148- Royal blue Delegator 186
5 9-7 Saeed bin Suroor L Dettori 112 5/16.00
4 (5) 10342-1 Purple, Grey seams and sleeves, Purple and Grey check cap Genki (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
7 9-7 v R Charlton S J Drowne 111 17/29.50
5 (2) 1444-31 Yellow, Red disc, Yellow sleeves, Red stars, Red cap Hamish McGonagall 18
Course Winner
6 9-7 T D Easterby D Allan 107 20/121.00
6 (13) 221-554 White, Emerald Green Cross of Lorraine, Emerald Green and White chevrons on sleeves, Pink cap Hitchens (IRE) 39
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-7 T D Barron Graham Gibbons 102 14/115.00
7 (14) 1/0561-5 Emerald Green, Royal Blue sleeves, White cap, Emerald Green spots Inler (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
4 9-7 B J Meehan M Dwyer 106 11/112.00
8 (3) 400-760 Purple, White seams, White sleeves, Purple armlets, Purple cap, White stars Prime Defender 10
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-7 B W Hills R Winston 103 25/126.00
9 (1) 009922 Royal Blue, Red chevrons, White and Red striped sleeves, Red and White quartered cap Rain Delayed (IRE) 11
Distance Winner
5 9-7 M Dods Johnny Murtagh 105 12/113.00
10 (12) 01164-5 White, Royal Blue cross belts, check sleeves, White cap, Royal Blue spots Regal Parade 38
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 9-7 D Nicholls Adrian Nicholls 119 13/27.50
11 (8) 44740-0 Gold and Black check, Pink sleeves and cap Tiddliwinks 10
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 9-7 K A Ryan P Makin 93 40/141.00
12 (10) 1U500-7 Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star Triple Aspect (IRE) 46
Distance Winner
5 9-7 W J Haggas R L Moore 107 12/113.00
13 (6) 261520- Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Rose Blossom 220
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-4 R A Fahey P Hanagan 106 9/110.00
14 (11) 131-5 Black, large Yellow spots, armlets and cap Ladies Are Forever 28
Distance Winner
3 8-8 G R Oldroyd T Eaves 103 20/121.00

Verdict

Prime Defender gained a shock victory a year ago but this looks a higher quality event. It's intriguing to find Delegator racing over a sprint trip for the first time in a career that has seen him mixing it with the likes of Sea The Stars, Rip Van Winkle and Goldikova. Whether he'll have the pace for this is another matter while Andrew Balding's acquisition from France Dalghar is another who is better known over further though he will love the ground and had enough speed to finish runner-up in the Diadem last year. Genki is a cracking sprinter on his day but could just prefer faster going, a remark that also applies to Rose Blossom. REGAL PARADE will love the ground and has a fitness advantage over some main rivals after a run over 7f on heavy going at the Curragh. He led for a long way when a very close fourth behind Goldikova in the 7f La Foret at Longchamp in October and he'll be primed for this by Dandy Nicholls.