On Friday, Gracia Directa emerged victorious in the Group 3 tyregiant.com Summer Stakes at York. Horse racing tipsters had considered the German raider as somewhat of an outsider with 14-1 betting odds heading into the six furlong event.
Dominik Moser's three-year-old filly has now won her last three starts and took home £32,560 for her owner at York. Sentaril was considered the favourite given its runner-up status in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, but would end up at a disappointing seventh. It was Sioux Rising and Hallelujah who placed second and third, respectively.
Gracia Directa, mounted by Robert Winston, sprinted ahead in the first two furlongs, and barely maintained its lead in the final stretches. However, she would run strongly to win by half a length against the fast charging Sioux Rising. The latter took in £12,314 in second prize. Turf conditions at York was regarded as soft in places due to intermittent rainfall during the week.
“We don’t know England and we don’t know York,” Dominik Moser told York Press. “We searched for a jockey that knew York and that’s how we found Robert. We are very happy. It’s a big step from a little race in Germany to England. We hoped for the first three but she won and it is better. She is an improving filly.”