Sleeping Lion came from last to claim top honours in the William Hill Mallard Handicap.
The charge of james Fanshawe has been a 4-1 shot in Jamie Spencer’s hands and was dropped out at the back of the field for much of their protracted one-mile-six-furlong competition.
Spencer coaxed his mount into a prominent place entering the last two furlongs and has been in front.
Charles Kingsley looked a threat late , but Sleeping Lion found challenged and was ultimately on top in the point – scoring some shade cosily.
The disappointment of the race was the hat-trick-seeking 2-1 favorite Saroog, who would finish only fifth of Simon Crisford.
Fanshawe explained:”We were just getting somewhat frustrated with him operating in big handicaps. He did not get in the Ebor, therefore him conducted in York at the race and he never got to it.
“Today with a smaller area and he managed to find a place. He likes to be hauled up, but he wants a bit of time to get rolling. He picked up in great time today.
“I am not sure where we will go together with him. We are going to see exactly what the handicapper does. He’s a really wonderful horse and he has shown it now.”
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