Picture: Hannah Ali
Ryan Sexton extended his lead in the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series, supported by White Rose Saddlery, when landing round five of the series at Beverley Racecourse on Tuesday, June 21.
The race over five furlongs was the first on the card, on a gloriously sunny afternoon and run on ground that was officially good to firm. It was open to jockeys who had not ridden more than 50 winners and all the participants were already on the scoreboard.
The Grey Lass under Andrew Breslin was quickly away and made much of the running on the Tim Easterby trained filly, with Golden Gal, ridden by the current winner of the series, Oisin McSweeney, keeping her company up the rail.
Sherdil remained in the middle of the pack and with a furlong to go was asked for a strong effort to race between the leading pair and got his head in front exactly on the line in a perfectly timed race.
Winning rider Ryan Sexton said after the race,
“The boss has been having a bit of a go at me for coming wide so when the gap appeared I took the opportunity and went straight for it.”
The Grey Lass was a neck back in second with Golden Gal a further half length back to finish third.
This was Ryan’s second win in the series and he now heads the table with 39 points, Oisin McSweeney is in second with 24 points and Jonny Peate lies third with 20 points.
Ryan also went on to win the last race on the card aboard Musical Romance for Tom Clover.
The next race in the series takes place at Redcar on Sunday 17th July, which is also part of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival week, sponsored by Sky Bet.