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Brando to target Duke of York - Ryan

21st April 2017, 09:39 by Simon Barlow

Brando will go for the Group Two Duke of York Stakes at the Dante meeting after outrunning Ornate in the Group Three Abernant Stakes.

Kevin Ryan's team claimed a third win in the last four runnings of the Newmarket race after the fleet-footed five-year-old gelding overhauled Ornate in the final furlong.

Ornate, on his first start for Robert Cowell, quickly gained a soft lead of three lengths on the field by half way and it looked like last season's Ayr Gold Cup winner - sent off at even money - had a fight on his hands in this sprint.

But Brando, named after Hollywood legend Marlon Brando, found the required effort under Tom Eaves on meeting the rising ground to run on and win by a length.

Ryan later said: "He’s some horse. We were a little concerned about the fast ground but we had to find out as we're going to come up with the same problem at some stage in the season.

"It was nice to get a lead off Ornate but you start to get worried when Ryan Moore has a soft lead and he seemed to be getting away. Brando has a lot of class and it's the sign of a classy horse to pick one up who’s had an easy lead. The Duke of York will be his next run."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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