Nyaleti to make step up in William Hill May Hill Stakes
Trainer Mark Johnston belatedly follows Ryan Moore’s advice when he runs Nyaleti over a mile in Thursday’s Group Two William Hill May Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
Moore recommended Johnston step up Nyaleti in trip after she won the six-furlong Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in July.
But Johnston stuck to that distance when Nyaleti was unplaced in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville.
Trainer Mark Johnston has followed Ryan Moore’s advice with Nyaleti
Johnston’s son and assistant Charlie said: ‘Ryan did say after the Princess Margaret he thought this is the direction we should be going in, but we decided to punt and go for the Prix Morny.
‘We knew after two furlongs that the writing was on the wall. She just got outpaced and was struggling from a very early stage.
‘We thought we’d make the entry here and saw she was top-rated by 9lb on Timeform, so we thought it was too good an opportunity to miss.’
There was no fairytale final ride in yesterday’s Doncaster feature race, the Clipper Logistics Legends Stakes for former jockeys, for 70-year-old George Duffield.
The rider who won the 1992 St Leger on User Friendly finished seventh on Soldier Blue behind Brian Harding-ridden 5-1 winner Off Art.
But there was a great result for jump jockey Lisa O’Neill, who landed the Kerry National at Listowel for the second year in succession, this time on Gordon Elliott-trained Potters Point.
O’Neill was adding the big prize to her success in last season’s National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on Elliott’s Tiger Roll.