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Mark Nunan

Mark Nunan

Fourth win at Group 2 level for A'ali

Sun 19th Jul 2020, 16:54

A'ali and Colin Keane winning the Holden Plant Rentals Sapphire Stakes
© Photo Healy Racing

Unlike the previous Group 2 won by Aloha Star at 33/1, the Group 2 Holden Plant Rentals did unfold along the lines predicted by the betting market.

A’ali (Evens fav) came through strongly in the final furlong to collar Make A Challenge (6/4) and the British raider went on to score by a length.

The winner had raced more towards the stands’ side along with one other, with the other five runners towards the far side.

The runner-up, who lost little in defeat to a very talented rival, came through to head his group at the furlong pole but A’ali, winning at Group 2 level for the fourth time in only eight career starts, finished with a flourish with the pair racing wide apart.

The winner, a son of Society Rock, is trained in Newmarket by Simon and Ed Crisford.

Successful rider Colin Keane said: “He’s a very speedy horse.

“I thought at one stage that I was in trouble. It wasn’t by design that I was away from the main group and it would have been better to get a tow into the race but I felt I was on a fresh strip of ground.

“He’s very straightforward and feels like a Group 1 horse.”

Paddy Power quote A'ali at 8/1 (from 10/1) for the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Additional reporting by Alan Magee