Group 1 glory for Plyedriver

 In Lambourn News

William Muir enjoyed a first success at Group 1 level along with joint-trainer Chris Grassick, as Pyledriver broke the heart of Al Aasy to land a thrilling Coral Coronation Cup on rain-softened ground at Epsom.

The 7-4 favourite Al Aasy was produced to win a furlong out, but Pyledriver dug deep under Martin Dwyer and battled back superbly to regain the initiative close home.

Dwyer, who had shown great enterprise to seize the lead from outsider Highland Chief on the descent into Tattenham Corner, looked likely to have to play second fiddle when easy-to-back 7-4 chance Al Aasy was produced with what appeared a race-winning challenge by Jim Crowley from inside the two-furlong pole.

The pair hit the front, but Pyledriver refused to accept defeat and, in a stirring duel, got back up to score by a neck.

An emotional Dwyer, who was completing the big Epsom treble of winning the Derby, Oaks, and Coronation Cup, said: “It’s great for the whole team. I’m so proud of the horse. There have been times over the years when I have hated racing, but days like this make it all worthwhile.

“The euphoria of winning a race like this is hard to describe. Racing is a wonderful sport.”

Japan fared best of the Aidan O’Brien duo, finishing a one-paced third.

Pyledriver is 6-1 with Betfair for Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and 33-1 for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

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