Sun sinks Titanic rivals
Saturday 11 August 2012
Sun Central stamped his authority on the Titanic Belfast Shergar Cup Classic at Ascot.
The 2-1 favourite is held in high regard by trainer William Haggas and James Doyle, making his debut for the Great Britain and Ireland squad, produced him down the wide outside to pull a length ahead of Ahzeemah.
"It was an honour to be asked to ride and I thought if I'd have a winner today it would be this horse," said Doyle.
Haggas said: "This is going to be a very nice stayer, and he was beaten by a good horse in Gospel Choir (winner at Haydock earlier in the day) here last time.
"He loves fast ground and he's by Galileo and a half-brother to George Washington and Grandera, so you can put him in the smart list. He might have just one more run this season, back here on September 8."
The Rest of the World appeared to have the competition sewn up before the final race as Aaron Gryder and Viking Storm (5-1) got the better of Johnny Murtagh and Ittirad in the Michael Page International Shergar Cup Challenge Handicap.