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Ancient Cross back to best on Knavesmire

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Ancient Cross and Paul Mulrennan (left) get up to win the Betfred Mobile Sports Stakes during the Betfred Dante Stakes Day of the 2013 Dante Festival at York Racecourse.  Picture: John Giles/PA Wire.

Ancient Cross and Paul Mulrennan (left) get up to win the Betfred Mobile Sports Stakes during the Betfred Dante Stakes Day of the 2013 Dante Festival at York Racecourse. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire.

Ancient Cross and Paul Mulrennan (left) get up to win the Betfred Mobile Sports Stakes during the Betfred Dante Stakes Day of the 2013 Dante Festival at York Racecourse. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire.

There was a popular local success on day two of the York Dante meeting when Ancient Cross (above) made a sparkling return to form in the Betfred Mobile Sports Stakes.

Trainer Mick Easterby was not on the Knavesmire, having decided to head to the sales at Doncaster, but delighted owners Pete Bown and Steve Hull would be able to celebrate without him.

Winner of this race in 2011 but with only one other victory since, Ancient Cross (14-1) was always close to the pace and stuck on well to defeat Goldream by a neck.

"It's been a great team effort, and the Easterbys love having a winner at York," said jockey Paul Mulrennan.

Course specialist Navajo Chief ran out a clear-cut winner of the Betfred Hambleton Stakes for Alan Jarvis.

Fifth in the race last year, he beat Area Fifty One at the Knavesmire back in June and was racing off a mark only 1lb higher.

Michael J Murphy has struck up a good partnership with him and he timed his challenge to perfection, riding his first Listed winner in the process.

 

DRIVING

The race was run in driving rain, which may have counted against the favourite Two For Two, who had every chance on the rail and came home fourth.

It was left to Prince Of Johanne and Anderiego to chase home the 12-1 winner, who was a length and a half clear.


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