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Take Cover breaks down Walls

A round-up of the rest of the action from York, where Andrea Atzeni wrapped up a nice double when Take Cover took the City Walls Stakes.

Take Cover (9/1) made every yard to claim the John Smith's City Walls Stakes.

The David Griffiths-trained seven-year-old had been an excellent eighth to Sole Power in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, beaten just three lengths, and proved impossible to pass drop markedly in class for this Listed event.

G Force put down a strong bid but the winner was always holding the 7/4 favourite as he gave jockey Andrea Atzeni a quick big-race double after his victory on Farraaj in the John Smith's Cup.

Veteran Kingsgate Native had every chance after being brought to challenge on the outside of the field but was ultimately well-held.

Griffiths said: "He's different league when it's like that. They just can't get to him as he stays six pretty much.

"We did wonder about running him. The ground is quick, but it's safe.

"Hopefully we can kick on now. He'll probably go to Goodwood for the King George Stakes and then back here for the Nunthorpe. I think he's a Group One horse.

"We wanted Andrea, but couldn't get him. When his horse (Eton Rifles) was a non-runner we got him."

Bronze Angel registered his first success since the 2012 Cambridgeshire when making light of the fast conditions in the John Smith's Racing Handicap at York.

The Marcus Tregoning-trained five-year-old had showed signs of a return to form when a close fourth in the Buckingham Palace Handicap at Royal Ascot over seven furlongs and was suited by the step up to a mile.

The 6/1 joint-favourite pulled nicely clear under Martin Dwyer in the final furlong to win by two and a quarter lengths from Bartack. Mujazif was third and Alfred Hutchinson fourth.

Dwyer said: "He was stepping back up to a mile, he was back to his winning mark and Marcus filled me with confidence.

"I was on the best horse and I went for the safe option. I was further back than I wanted to be from the wide draw (11), so I just waited and got him relaxed.

"The last half-mile he flew into the race, he quickened really well and I went to the outside to be sure. He's a proper fast-ground horse."

Bronze Angel could be out again in a valuable handicap in the next few weeks as he holds entries in Ascot's International Stakes on July 26 and the Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood.