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Sir Ron Priestley holds off Al Aasy to prevail in the Princess of Wales’s

Sir Ron Priestley claimed the Group Two Princess of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes for Franny Norton and Mark Johnston holding off Al Aasy to prevail at Newmarket.

Starting at 100-30, the chestnut raced prominently and saw off a final-furlong challenge from William Haggas’ Al Aasy who had started as the 1-2 favourite.

Franny Norton set out to make all on Mark Johnston’s five-year-old, who is a half-brother to Gold Cup-winning stablemate Subjectivist.

With two furlongs to run, Sir Ron Priestley was being ridden – but not as vigorously as Highest Ground, who dropped away.

The odds-on favourite Al Aasy, normally a very smooth traveller, came off the bridle earlier than normal but still moved up to challenge as they met the rising ground.

In typical Johnston style, Sir Ron Priestley kept on battling against the rail – but Jim Crowley had still to ask for everything on Al Aasy.

However, as the line neared it, became obvious Al Aasy was up against a very determined opponent and would have to settle for second again – just as he did in last month’s Coronation Cup at Epsom.

Sir Ron Priestley (100-30) prevailed by a neck.

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