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Angel delight is best possible tonic for trainer Dods

By Keith Hamer

Nunthorpe success for Mecca's Angel was described as "well worth the wait" by trainer Michael Dods.

Mecca's Angel gave Dods' stable the best possible tonic as the Darlington handler claimed his first Group One success in a pulsating renewal of the Nunthorpe Stakes at York's Ebor Festival.

The mare's season has been compromised by the prevalence of fast ground.

Mecca's Angel reeled in trail-blazing American filly Acapulco to record a two-length success from the 13-8 favourite, who was receiving lumps of weight from her rivals as a two-year-old.

In doing so she gave rider Paul Mulrennan his first triumph at the top level.

"It's been well worth the wait. We'd kept taking her out," said Dods of the 15-2 winner.

"We went to Ascot and we thought we had a chance of winning, but we took her out because of the ground. We took her to Ireland and I wished I hadn't run her on the ground.

"It was too quick and I wasn't happy with her for a few days, but credit to the yard, everyone got her right.

"I didn't think she'd get her conditions, but thankfully the rain came. She will be better with more juice, but it was fine and I was never going to take her out - she's shown what she can do when she has her conditions.

"She wasn't expensive - about £16,000. It's great for David Metcalfe (owner) and the whole yard.

"It's our first Group One winner, it's marvellous. Let's see where we go now, the Abbaye if she gets her conditions."

Mulrennan said: "That's my first Group One winner and to do it at York is special. It's our local track."

Ulster jockey Martin Harley, who steered Goldream into fifth, was given a two-day ban (September 4 and 6) for using his whip above the permitted level.

Harley rides Suegioo in today's York feature, the Ebor Handicap. Fellow Ulsterman Pat Cosgrave - a double winner at York this week - is on board Nearly Caught in the £250,000 showpiece. Cosgrave also rides Raucous in the Gimcrack Stakes.

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