Egan puts International Stakes glory above cash after York win atop Mishriff

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David Egan banked at least £500,000 when Mishriff won the Saudi Cup in February and perhaps a 10th as much when the same horse ran away with the International Stakes here on Wednesday, but the clear-eyed 22-year-old rider had no doubts about which had been the better day at the races. “This horse means everything to me, he’s going to make my career, hopefully,” Egan said. “This is my best day at the race track. The money doesn’t matter, it’s all about the horse.”

Many of the sport’s most famous middle-distance performers have won this race but few have done so as smoothly and easily as Mishriff, who was eased down a few strides from the line but still passed the post six lengths in front of Alenquer. Love, who stepped in as a late substitute for St Mark’s Basilica when her stable companion was ruled out on Monday, was six-and-a-half lengths behind the winner in third.

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