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Article 1st June 2024 Epsom Downs

Rossa Ryan completed a Derby Day double when seven-year-old Misty Grey (7-1), carrying joint top weight, got up on the line to deny Mr Wagyu by a short head in the concluding JRA Tokyo Trophy, with last year's runner-up Mr Apollo a length away in third. He had earlier won the Betfred 3-Y-O Dash on Blue Storm.

Ryan had only ridden the popular grey once before, when second at Newcastle in March, but he knows his history well and described him as "a legend".

He added: "David (O'Meara) said to sit on the fence and to hope for a bit of luck, and it came. The front two took each other on and I was able to wait and wait. It fell right and it was brilliant."

This was Misty Grey's eighth win and took his earnings to around £330,000, but it was his first on turf since he was a two-year-old. He has now earned a step up in class.

O'Meara said: "Six and seven furlongs are his trip.There's a nice race for him at Newcastle at the end of June, the Chipchase, a Group 3, and we'll have to have a look at that, but what we do between then and now I don't know.

"We've only had him since January and he's been a great addition to our yard. He's full of himself and he's enjoying his racing. Horses like him are a pleasure to have around the place. All we have to do is keep him in good form and bring him to the races, where he does his thing."

The Long Shot Northern Dancer Handicap was won in style by another horse with a big weight, the Andrew Balding-trained Relentless Voyager (7-1) coming home three lengths clear of Ziggy.

Balding said: "He's a decent horse who was third in the Italian Derby last year when it poured with rain and the ground was too soft for him. He'll probably be back in a stakes race before long but we'll see what the handicapper does first. We were thinking of the Golden Gates at Royal Ascot, but he might go up too much for that."

Jockey Oisin Murphy, who'd had four seconds at the meeting to go with Friday's win on Evade, said: "That was super. He had a wind operation and ran well at Newmarket on his reappearance. He definitely improved from that and today he was in the right race and relaxed and travelled."


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