Bold alone

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BOLD EFFORT turned the William Hill Trophy, on paper a competitive sprint handicap, into a one-horse race at York yesterday. The three-year- old was in front for most of the six furlongs and lengthened clear readily once Tony Ives asked him approaching the final furlong.

The gelding, trained by Ken Cunningham-Brown at Stockbridge, had three lengths to spare over the favourite Coastal Bluff, who held Stylish Ways by a short-head with French Grit fourth. Perryston View, in front of the winner and third at Newmarket last time out but not favoured by yesterday's weights, never showed with a chance.

Cunningham-Brown, who was confident enough beforehand to insist that the owner Tony Richards made the trip to York, said: "The horse is very game and tough, and the faster ground here suited him very well." Richards bred Bold Effort, by his Kentucky Derby runner-up Bold Arrangement, and coincidentally also raced Standaan, sire of Coastal Bluff.

The pounds 50,000-added race was the feature of a day that has raised pounds 2m for charities over the past 25 years but was none the less thin, sandwiched between the Epsom Classics and Royal Ascot. Four of the seven races were four-horse affairs, the first two resulting in a short-priced double for in-form Willie Carson.

The two-year-old son of Distinctly North, Kahir Almaydan, who was beaten a short-head by Tuesday's Coventry Stakes contender Russian Revival on his debut, was barely out of a canter to win the opening Leonard Sainer European Breeders Fund Stakes by two lengths.