Scottish wins the Steventon Stakes Image by Newbury Racecourse

Scottish was a clear cut winner of the Strensall Stakes
Image by Newbury Racecourse

Scottish was the decisive winner of the Group 3 Betfred Mobile Strensall Stakes at York this afternoon.

A field of ten lined up for this one mile, 208 yard contest on the final day of the Ebor Festival.

Custom Cut was away well with Air Pilot to the inside and Scottish out wide.

Settling down, Custom Cut held the lead from Scottish and Air Pilot, with a fair amount of scrimmaging in behind.

Turning into the home straight, Custom Cut continued to lead and stuck to the far side with Air Pilot, while Scottish raced wider.

With two furlongs to race Custom Cut came under pressure but stuck to his task, but Scottish travelled powerfully and asserted with a furlong left, easing into a clear advantage.

Scottish and William Buick were well on top in the final furlong and strolled to the line comfortable winners. Yorker, having his first run since June 2014, ran a belter to stay on for second, ahead of the game Custom Cut, with the front three well clear of Gabrial in fourth.

The Charlie Appleby trained Scottish had twice won at Listed level before, notably at Newbury in July, but this was his first victory at Group 3 level.

“He came out of his Haydock run well and the form had been franked by the winner in France,” said Appleby.

“We told William to be positive because with the strong tail-wind he’d be hard to peg back.

“He won’t get into the Cox Plate this year so we’ll look at the Caulfield Cup.

“He’s only been beaten twice over a mile and a half when he’s got his ground and one of those was by Highland Reel

“We bought him with Australia in mind and he’s a nice horse to have about the place.”