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Back to back wins for Giavellotto in Yorkshire Cup

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Giavellotto recorded back-to-back victories in the Yorkshire Cup on Friday, for trainer Marco Botti and jockey Oisin Murphy.

GIAVELLOTTO winning the Yorkshire Cup Stakes at York in England.
GIAVELLOTTO winning the Yorkshire Cup Stakes at York in England. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Only the third horse in the race's history to claim successive wins in the Yorkshire Cup, the victory marked a return to form for Giavellotto. The team chose to swerve Royal Ascot after Yorkshire Cup glory last season, but he failed to win again, finishing third in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup at the back end of the campaign.

The chestnut was well-beaten behind re-opposing rival Tower Of London in the Group 2 Dubai Gold Cup in March but the result never looked in doubt at the two furlong marker, with jockey Oisin Murphy taking a long look behind before taking up the lead. He pulled clear to finish comfortably ahead of the second-placed Vauban with John and Thady Gosden's Gregory back in third. 

In an interview with ITV Racing, jockey Oisin Murphy said: "I knew that Ryan Moore was taking his time on Tower Of London and I was concerned that if I hit the front too early, I would give Ryan something to aim at.

"Marco Botti is having a terrific season, he's trained great horses in the past like Excelebration and his handling of this horse has been amazing. This is Andrea Atzeni's ride – he's having a brilliant time in Hong Kong so he couldn't be here, but he's been incredibly helpful with advice about how to ride him."

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