Moore gave Sir Michael Stoute’s Royal stayer a terrific ride to rally up the rail in the straight and snatch victory from Simple Verse on the far side
DARTMOUTH made sure there was a Royal winner in the Betway Yorkshire Cup.
The Queen’s star swooped late to come out on top in a thrilling finish to the Group 2 feature prize on the final day of York’s Dante Meeting.
Ryan Moore was at his peerless best on Sir Michael Stoute’s five-year-old. Despite the field racing down the middle in the home straight, Dartmouth was hemmed in as the 1m6f race got serious.
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He had to switch to the stands’ side and it was only a late surge that saw the 11-4 favourite grab Simple Verse by a neck.
There was the same distance back to High Jinx in third with Endless Time another head away in fourth.
Moore said: “He’s got mile-and-a-half pace. He travelled beautifully and is such an honest horse, but it didn’t help that I was apart from them and he’s done very well.
“That’s his fourth Group race now, we know what he is, he’s a very honest horse.”
Dartmouth gave the Queen a winner at her favourite meeting when landing the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot last year.
He’s now likely to attempt to retain that Group 2 trophy next month.
The Queen’s racing manager John Warren said: “I didn’t think he was going to get there because they were so wide.
“Ryan had this plan to come this side, so he knew what he was doing. It was a remarkable ride, he’s an absolute professional.
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“This horse is exceptionally brave, so tough and genuine. Today proved he can pull out all the stops when he wants to.
“He’s a Hardwicke horse through and through. We’ll stick to Ascot over 1m4f and then just see if we could stretch his stamina further to be a proper cup horse. It might be a fun experiment.”
Main Desire is also heading for Royal Ascot.
Michael Bell’s filly – a winner at Nottingham on her debut – came home strongly to land the juvenile Listed contest at 4-1 under Danny Tudhope.
She is likely to line-up in the Queen Mary at the Royal meeting but also has the option of the Albany Stakes.
Bell said: “She’s gone really well at home since Nottingham. Prior to that she’d looked like a natural – she’s a rocket.
“I’ve not had a filly like her since Margot Did.”