Yorker Steps Out At Sandown

SA Runner in second UK start

Robbie Fradd and Yorker in full cry at finish of the Gr1 Horse Chestnut Stakes (JC Photos)

Yorker in full cry in the 2014 Gr1 Horse Chestnut Stakes (JC Photos)

South African racing fans have had rather more to cheer for on the international scene than normal and will have another opportunity to be ‘proudly South African’ on Wednesday, 14 September, when Yorker makes his second UK racecourse appearance in the Listed Racehorse Sanctuary Fortune Stakes over 1 mile at Sandown.

After leaving South Africa and in excess of 800 days off the track, Yorker put up an exciting UK debut performance at the Ebor Festival at York,  finishing 1.25 lengths behind Scottish in the Gr3 Betfred Mobile Strensall Stakes on 20 August 2016.

William Haggas spoke to the Sporting Post earlier today and commented, “He’s had a few issues which I don’t think is anything new, but he’s a marvellous horse and ran a terrific race at York.”

“He’s going to run on Wednesday over a mile and this is sort of part 2 of his preparations so to speak.  I don’t think he’s ever been up a hill as steep as the one at Sandown, but it’s only a mile and I think he gets a mile and a quarter no problem, so I’m not concerned.”

The 7yo Jet Master gelding races in the colours of The Yorker Syndicate and as in the Strensall Stakes will have the services of Pat Cosgrave in the saddle.  The field will face the starter at 15:50 UK time (16:50 for local fans)

Yorker is among 55 entries for the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot on 15 October 2016.

Listed Racehorse Sanctuary Fortune Stakes field

Listed Racehorse Sanctuary Fortune Stakes field

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