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Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrove's double joy after Ebor Festival wins

By Frank Brownlow

Life just gets better for Ulster jockey Pat Cosgrave who landed his second big-race success in two days when winning on board Besharah in the Lowther Stakes at York's big Ebor Festival.

Cosgrave was also in the winners enclosure on Wednesday courtesy of victory on Storm The Stars in the Great Voltigeur Stakes.

Both winners were for trainer William Haggas.

Cosgrave, reflecting on Besharah's triumph, said: "I'm quite surprised, but I think she's getting better.

"It suited her going in the gaps and getting tight.

"Every ride I have for Mr Haggas seems to go well at the minute and I hope it hasn't finished yet."

Besharah turned on the style to register back-to-back Pattern-level victories with an emphatic triumph in the £175,000 shoot-out.

The well-supported 11-4 shot added to her win in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot - Cosgrave again in the saddle - when demonstrating a rapid turn of foot to claim the Group Two prize.

Settled in behind the keen-going pair of Easton Angel and highly-touted Newmarket maiden winner Lumiere, the two-year-old forced her way between the pair to hit the front just outside the furlong pole.

Once in the clear the daughter of Kodiac quickly put daylight between herself and her rivals, crossing the line two and a quarter lengths ahead of Lumiere, making it a quickfire double for Haggas after Tasleet in the opener.

Paddy Power cut Besharah from 25-1 to 14-1 co-favourite for next year's Qipco 1000 Guineas.

Pleascach, under Kevin Manning, stayed on best to get up in the shadow of the post and claim a battling success in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Winning trainer Jim Bolger said: "There may be something at Longchamp for her like the Prix de l'Opera.

"I don't think we would consider the Arc this year. I would love to train her as a four-year-old."

Acapulco starts favourite in today's Ebor feature, the Nunthorpe Stakes.

Rising star of Ulster racing Sammy Jo Bell had to settle for second place on board Dusky Queen in the EBF Stallions Stakes at York. The race was won by 5-2 favourite Mistrusting.

Dunadry jockey Bell rides Intiwin in the Nationwide Stakes today. Martin Harley and Fergal Lynch are also in action on the big York card.

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