Mukhadram: did not disappoint those who sent him off the 4-9 favouritePICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
York Stakes honours
Report: York, Saturday
Skybet York Stakes (Group 2) 1m2½f, 3yo+
MUKHADRAM, who has run two fine races behind the high-class Al Kazeem this summer, got his head back in front when landing the Skybet York Stakes on Saturday.
Second in the Prince of Wales's Stakes and third in the Eclipse, the William Haggas-trained colt was well fancied to capture the £56,710 first prize and did not disappoint those who sent him off the 4-9 favourite.
Paul Hanagan again adopted the front-running tactics he employed at Ascot and Sandown, but this time there was no Al Kazeem to spoil the party.
Grandeur, a dual Grade 2 winner in the States last year, did threaten when rallying under Frankie Dettori, but Mukhadram held on to win by three-quarters of a length.
A return to York and a possible rematch with Al Kazeem in the Juddmonte International Stakes at the Ebor meeting could be next on the cards for the winner.
"We'll get him back and see how he is," said Hanagan, who had a tricky decision to make with Hamdan Al Maktoum's Ektihaam on duty in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.
"It's long way to be in front," added Hanagan. "That makes me even more proud of him. I was struggling to get him on the right lead as he's a big horse and takes a bit of organising."
Haggas, who likes nothing better than a winner at York, was in no rush to formalise plans for the son of Shamardal.
"I had him a bit fresh and a bit on it today," he said. "He didn't win as convincingly as I hoped, but you can't have everything in life. He's won a Group 2 though, and we'll decide where we go next."