Desert proves too hot for York opponents

Wed 23 Aug 2017

Desert Law claimed his second win inside a week with a clear-cut success in the Symphony Group Handicap at York.

After striking at Doncaster just four days ago, the Paul Midgley-trained nine-year-old showed he is in good heart when backing that success up in the extended five-and-a-half-furlong event.

In a race few got into, the 14-1 shot tracked the early pace cut out by the fast-starting Thesme, before forging on under Luke Morris deep inside the final furlong and holding the late rally from favourite Edward Lewis by a length and a quarter.

Midgley said: "Fair play to Andy (Taylor, owner). I was a bit reluctant to run him, but Andy was positive we were running.

"He did it well on Saturday (at Doncaster) and has done it again there.

"He's been absolutely fantastic for us. He does not owe us one penny. He's won the (Epsom) Dash and all he's done is earn us money and he's a nice person as well.

"We'll enjoy today and worry about everything else for him after."

He added: "He travelled nicely, got a good tow into the race and never looked as though he was going to get beat."

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