Moore excels on progressive King Of Dixie

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Former champion jockey Ryan Moore carried out instructions perfectly on King Of Dixie as William Knight's rising star reigned supreme at York yesterday.

On an unusually low-key Knavesmire card, the smooth victory posted by Knight's up-and-coming Kingmambo colt stole the show and paved the way for connections to plot a path into Group-race company.

After finishing third in the Victoria Cup, King Of Dixie was sent off the well-supported 9-4 favourite for the PD Ports Stakes and while Moore sat a long way off a furious early gallop, his supporters were always sitting pretty.

Quickening smartly inside the distance, he went on to inflict an easy two-and-a-half-length defeat on Godolphin's Fateh Field. "I put him in here to see what we had and I'd be hopeful he could win a Group race after that," Knight said.

King Of Dixie is declared to run at Doncaster today but the trainer will make a decision this morning on whether he will turn out.

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