Mozart Scores in Nunthorpe

Michael Tabor and Mrs. Susan Magnier's Mozart came from just off the pace to score a two-length victory in the five-furlong Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) on Thursday at the York meeting in Britain.

The Nunthorpe Stakes is one of the premier sprint races in Europe and it carried a £185,000 guaranteed purse. Mozart earned £107,300 for his victory.

Mozart, a 3-year-old son of Danehill, out of the Spectacular Bid mare Victoria Cross, rated off the early pace set by Repertory, charged to the lead two furlongs from home under rider Mick Kinane, then held the 6-year-old Nuclear Debate safe to the line. Nuclear Debate, ridden by Gerald Mosse, was last in the early running of the race before being pushed along half way from home.

Mozart covered the distance in :57.27 over the good-to-firm turf and won as the 4-9 favorite in the field of 10. Nuclear Debate, a son of Geiger Counter, out of the Cox's Ridge mare I'm an Issue, was three-quarters of a length ahead of Bishop's Court. The pacesetting Repertory was another three-quarters of a length back in fourth.

Bred in Ireland by Newgate Stud, Mozart is trained by Aidan O'Brien.