New Group Winner for Churchill
The Group III Saval Beg Levmoss Stakes (1m6f) at Leopardstown was won by progressive stayer Yashin (4g Churchill x Mirdhak,by Dansili), who was having his first run this year and turned in a career best performance to score a head win.
Trained by Jessica Harrington, he has won three of nine starts and looks set for his best season so far.
“Yashin will have to go up a bit to get to the Melbourne Cup, but he stays well and he has to have good ground. He probably likes going left-handed too. He was hung wide and keen all the way there. Shane said he really had no right to pick up and win like he did. I know it was only a short head but he was always getting there,” said Jessica Harrington.
Bred and raced by Gerry Byrne, Yashin is the best of two winners from unraced Dansili mare Mirdhak, a daughter of Group III winner Muthabara.
He is the 11th stakes-winner for Churchill and is his third this week following on from Blue Rose Cen and The Foxes. The champion son of Galileo stands in Australia this spring at a fee of $22,000.