Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Whittington pounces in Anglesey

Dick Whittington (left) edges out Toscanini

Dick Whittington edged out old rival Toscanini in a thrilling climax to the Jebel Ali Racecourse & Stables Anglesey Stakes.

Toscanini finished narrowly ahead of Dick Whittington when the pair finished second and third respectively behind Richard Pankhurst in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and the pair were 2-1 joint-favourites for the rematch.

Toscanini was in the firing line from flag-fall, with Joseph O'Brien waiting until the final furlong before unleashing Dick Whittington, and though Toscanini stuck to his guns admirably against the rail, the Ballydoyle runner wore him down to take the Group Three prize by half a length.

Rapid Applause came through to finish third, with Queen Mary Stakes third Newsletter a disappointing last of five runners.

O'Brien snr said: "He's a fast horse. Five or six furlongs looks his trip. I think it would be tight to get a mile with him.

"I'm delighted and we'll look at something like the Phoenix Stakes with him."

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