Amarillo (purple) just holds on from the fast-finishing Pastoral PlayerPICTURE: Getty Images
Amarillo shows rivals the way in Jury Stakes
Report: Haydock, Saturday
Timeform Jury Stakes (Group 3) 4yo+ colts & geldings
PETER SCHIERGEN, who saddled the mighty Danedream to land last year's King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes, landed further Group-race success in Britain on Saturday as Amarillo narrowly held the late surge of last year's winner Pastoral Player in a pulsating finish to a race better known as the John of Gaunt Stakes.
While winning jockey Andreas Starke enjoyed a clear run on the winner, it was the complete opposite for the luckless Graham Lee and Pastoral Player, who was trapped on the rail at a crucial stage before flying down the outside a fraction too late.
Libranno cut out the early running with Red Jazz and Red Duke in close proximity and Amarillo settled beautifully in fourth.
As the leaders started to run on empty, Starke sent his partner to the front within the final two furlongs, a move that proved decisive.
Lee eventually brought Pastoral Player off the rail and round runners, devouring the turf in the process as he bid for back-to-back wins.
Unfortunately for his supporters, Amarillo kept on gamely in front and was awarded the verdict in a photo-finish.
Winning trainer Schiergen said: "We came here because there was no race for him in Germany. Both 1,400m and 1,600m are okay for him but the next race was at 1,700m and that is too far. Everything was good today and we may come back."
Starke added: "I knew the other horse was coming and Nymphea had just got caught but I knew his head was in front on the line. It was a very good performance to come across from Germany and win."