Mass rallies to Knavesmire glory
Reformed character Mass Rally (14/1) landed another big handicap as he saw off his rivals in the Coral Sprint Trophy at York.
Michael Dods' six-year-old has been called plenty of names in the past but he was on his best behaviour on the Knavesmire on Saturday afternoon as P J McDonald steered him to an impressive victory in the feature race on York's card.
Predictably many of the riders wanting to explore the stands' side rail and with so many wanting to occupy a small strip of ground, there were inevitably going to be hard luck stories in running.
Bogart and Spinatrix cut out the early fractions as the field made their way down the Knavesmire but in a race where surprisingly few got involved, Mass Rally swooped widest of all inside the final furlong to win with something in hand with Seeking Magic hanging on for second.
Hallejuah held every chance but was unable to quicken in third as Jimmy Styles ran on for fourth having not had the clearest of runs.
McDonald said: "That was some thrill. Paul was an absolute superstar, the only negative about this is that he's not riding it. He told me how to ride him to the letter and it worked out perfect.
"This is my biggest win of the year."
Dods said: "What he needs is a fast pace he can come off. I was worried about the draw but told PJ to just drop him in.
"It's a shame Paul wasn't here as it's his ride, but I use PJ a bit so I like to stick with who I know.
"He ran OK in the Gold Cup at Ayr but I had him a bit heavy there as I couldn't get the races into him I wanted. I knew I had him better today.
"He'll head to Ascot next week now."
Well-supported Baccarat never appeared to be travelling at any stage and though Tony Hamilton managed to keep him in contention with the pack, he could not secure any sort of run on the leaders.