Mustajeer lands €1.1 million Ebor prize for Ger Lyons at York
Colin Keane delivers 16-1 raider to take record handicap prize on the Knavesmire
Mustajeer and Colin Keane take the Ebor at York. Photograph: Clint Hughes/PA
Mustajeer won the first million-pound edition of the Sky Bet Ebor at York for Ireland.
Ger Lyons’ raider improved on his fourth place last year in the famous handicap, landing the lucrative spoils by three-quarters of a length at 16-1 under Colin Keane.
Mustajeer had his race well won by then, though, and the six-year-old’s decisive success earned an immediate quote of 16-1 for November’s Melbourne Cup.
Lyons was not present, but tweeted: “Fantastic performance by ctkjockey & Mustajeer & my team winning the Ebor. Now I’m off out to cut the grass.”
Keane said: “It’s brilliant. After he ran so well last year the plan was to come back.
“He’s got better with racing. Last year he was difficult to handle, but he’s been better this year. He wears ear plugs.
“He is more relaxed and seems to get better with age.”
Kerri Lyons, assistant to her father, said: “That’s his last race for us. He’s been sold to go to Australia, but David (Spratt) still owns a share. Hopefully it will be the Caulfield Cup and then the Melbourne Cup.
“That will be a dream come true and he’ll do well for the new owners (Australian Bloodstock).”
She added: “His next port of call is down in Australia.
“He did that well. Colin was very happy with him.”