It was Alpinista who justified the hype surrounding her to win the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at the Ebor Festival on Thursday.
Having impressed to win Group 1 events abroad in Germany and France, Alpinista managed to earn her first Group 1 success on home soil on day two of the York showpiece festival.
With Luke Morris in the saddle, Alpinista showed great pace in the dying stages to finish ahead of the highly-rated runner-up Tuesday and La Petite Coco, who had to settle for third.
Trainer Sir Mark Prescott was full of praise for his charge as he landed his first British Group 1 winner since 2017.
“These are hard to come by for a smallish stable, every five or six years we’ll have a good one come along and it’s tremendous when it happens,” Prescott said.
“We trained this one’s dam, grand-dam and great grand-dam so it’s been a marvellous family to be a part of. Miss Rausing [owner] was very keen to come here as she hadn’t won a Group 1 in England so she’s done it all now.”
In the opening race of the day at the North Yorkshire track, it was Swingalong who claimed the spoils after managing to edge out Queen Me to win the Lowther Stakes.
It was a superb performance from jockey Sean Levey to win the Yearling Stakes as he steered Shouldvebeenaring to win for trainer Richard Hannon.
Another favourite in Blue For You won the Clipper Logistics Handicap ahead of Escobar and Tyrrhenian Sea.
Jockey Ryan Moore added another impressive win to his list for the season with victory in the Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes on Haskoy.
Kyeema won the Nursery Handicap for trainer William Haggas, before Adaay In Asia came out on top in the finale that was the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap.
It’s the Nunthorpe Stakes that will take centre stage at the Ebor Festival on Friday (15:35) with Royal Aclaim the 7/4 favourite to claim the spoils in the feature contest.