Hello Youmzain and rider Kevin Stott targeting more big race glory

This was the look of bewilderment on Kevin Stott's face after Hello Youmzain landed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.This was the look of bewilderment on Kevin Stott's face after Hello Youmzain landed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
This was the look of bewilderment on Kevin Stott's face after Hello Youmzain landed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Kevin Stott hopes to complete a big race sprint double when Hello Youmzain lines up in today’s Group One Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

The North Yorkshire jockey recorded his first win at the highest level when partnering Kevin Ryan’s sprinter to an emotional win in Royal Ascot’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

And Stott – who remains in the form of his life – is hopeful of confirming the Ascot form against the country’s best sprinters in an eagerly-anticipated race that forms part of the Qipco British Champions Series.

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The 25-year-old said: “It didn’t sink in until I was sat at home in bed the next morning watching the replay.

Hello Youmzain (right) wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot under Kevin Stott.Hello Youmzain (right) wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot under Kevin Stott.
Hello Youmzain (right) wins the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot under Kevin Stott.

“Hello Youmzain has come out of the race brilliantly, his preparation for the July Cup has been very good. He’s been fresh and well so I’m very happy with him.

“He’s a very big horse, he was a late two-year-old. He’s extremely balanced and very fast out of the stalls. If I could describe him in one word it would be that he’s athletic. He’s an absolute pleasure to ride.”

Stott will be able to draw heart from Leyburn trainer Karl Burke’s highly promising filly Dandalla who followed up on her success in Royal Ascot’s Albany Stakes by landing the Group Two Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket yesterday under Ben Curtis. She’s now a leading ante-post favourite for next year’s 1000 Guineas.

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Meanwhile the ever popular Leyburn jockey PJ McDonald landed his 1,000th UK winner when Zabeel Champion prevailed at Newmarket.

A one-time jump jockey who won the 2007 Scottish Grand National for the late Ferdy Murphy, the bulk of McDonald’s successes have come on the Flat, most notably with the now retired Laurens.

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