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Will power prevails at York

A review of the action at York, where Willbeme gave Neville Bycroft's team a welcome payday in the 25,000 feature.

Bargan-buy Willbeme ran away with the 25,000 BetBright For Your World Cup Bets Choose EBF Nominated Fillies' Stakes at York.

Despite being raised 10lb for an easy Beverley win last month, the six-year-old was still running from 1lb out of the handicap.

Some big southern yards were represented with Jeremy Noseda and Saeed bin Suroor sending runners to join the northern stalwarts Tim Easterby and David O'Meara - but they never saw which way the Andrew Mullen-ridden winner went.

She hit the front well over a furlong out and drew three and a quarter lengths clear of the consistent Bondesire to score at 12/1.

Another hefty rise in the weights surely awaits.

Veteran trainer Neville Bycroft said: "I think I've only had two or three winners here, the last might have been about 10 years ago.

"We haven't thought what could be next, I thought this was a step too far today.

"She won first time out at three and then broke her pelvis. At four she had back trouble, but still won twice. Last year she had trouble with her feet, so this is the first year she's been injury-free.

"She only cost 2,500 so if we can get black type that would be amazing."

Pres Rapide (5/6 favourite) joined John Quinn's juvenile squad for Royal Ascot with a comfortable victory in the Constant Security Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden.

Coventry Stakes-bound The Wow Signal heads up the team along with Harry's Dancer, who will run in the Queen Mary, and both of those have been bought into by Al Shaqab Racing.

"I entered him for the Norfolk Stakes this morning," said Quinn of the Phil Makin-ridden winner..

"He's very fast and as that race isn't until Thursday he's got six days to get over this.

"There's a possibility he'll run next week and he's for sale to stay in the yard until the end of the season. I think he'll be running in stakes races."

Totalize (8/1) was a winner at the first time of asking on the Knavesmire for rising star Megan Carberry in the Garbutt & Elliott Stakes.

Cousin of established Irish stars Paul and Nina, the young rider made a rapid recovery from a sickening fall just a couple of days ago at Hamilton and was beaten a nose on her only ride at Haydock on Thursday.

The three-and-a-half-length winner now has a big date at Newcastle in a fortnight on his agenda.

Trainer Brian Ellison said: "He'll go for the (Northumberland) Plate now if he gets in. A 5lb penalty takes him to 91 so it will be touch and go. The Ebor will come into it, too.

"Megan's very good, this lad can be a tricky ride but they went very fast which helped.

"That's the first time he's run on decent ground. He obviously likes it."

The old firm of David O'Meara and Silvestre de Sousa teamed up to win the Geoff Pemberton Memorial Stakes with Alejandro (7/1).

With opportunities for Godolphin slowing down, De Sousa is increasingly riding back in the north and was seen at his best on the five-year-old, making every yard of the running and fending of all-comers.

He eventually beat Foxtrot Romeo by a length and a half.

De Sousa said: "It wasn't the plan to make it, but he jumped so well and settled nicely. I was always saving a bit."

O'Meara doubled up in the last when the Sam James-ridden Saved By The Bell (4/1 favourite) brought up his hat-trick in the Jigsaw Spon sorship Services Apprentice Stakes, defying top weight.

Luca Cumani made his name by developing late-maturing types and in Connecticut (6-4 favourite) he may just have another.

On just his third start, the three-year-old held off the far more experienced Donny Rover to win the Neptune Investment Management Stakes by a head.

"I don't think we'll step him up in trip just yet," said Matt Cumani, the trainer's son.

"There's plenty of time for a mile-and-a-half races, maybe next year, we'll see. For a very quiet horse he doesn't half battle and he's improving with racing. If he got in the John Smith's Cup that might be an option."

Kevin Ryan and Paul Mulrennan teamed up to win the seller with Sudest (8-1). The winner was bought back in but runner-up Izzthatright was claimed by Dan Gilbert, part-owner of Totalize and his future may now lie with Brian Ellison.