Solent Gateway holds off King Frankel to win the Tote Handicap
Rank outsider Solent Gateway claimed the narrowest of victories after a thrilling climax to the opening race on Cazoo Derby day Epsom – where the sun was beating down, in stark contrast to Friday.
Having finished a well-beaten ninth at Chester just a week ago, Tom Dascombe’s charge was a largely unconsidered 28-1 shot for the World Pool At The tote Handicap in the hands of Hayley Turner.
Greatgadian looked likely to prevail after powering to the front inside the final furlong, but both Solent Gateway and King Frankel (5-2) lunged late and flashed by the post almost as one.
Following a brief wait, the judge confirmed the former had won the day by a nose, with Greatgadian half a length away in third.