Sir Ron Priestley returned to profitable methods when seeing off the persistent problem of Al Aasy within the Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket.
Franny Norton got down to make all on Mark Johnston’s five-year-old, who’s a half-brother to Gold Cup-winning stablemate Subjectivist.
With two furlongs to run, Sir Ron Priestley was being ridden – however not as vigorously as Highest Ground, who dropped away.
The odds-on favorite Al Aasy, usually a really clean traveller, got here off the bridle sooner than regular however nonetheless moved as much as problem as they met the rising floor.
In typical Johnston type, Sir Ron Priestley stored on battling in opposition to the rail – however Jim Crowley had nonetheless to ask for every little thing on Al Aasy.
However, as the road neared, it turned apparent Al Aasy was up in opposition to a really decided opponent and must accept second once more – simply as he did in final month’s Coronation Cup at Epsom.
Sir Ron Priestley (100-30) prevailed by a neck.
“I got a bit of a fright when he came out of the gates because he lost his back end,” stated Norton.
“But then after two strides he rolled on into it, after which I knew it will come right down to a warfare.
“To be fair I was kind of emptying a little bit as well, but it would have to take a brave one to get by him.
“The good factor is, we type of misplaced him at York and he ran okay at Ascot. I feel the bottom’s the issue.”