Dancing King holds on to give Mark Johnston third successive March Stakes

Dancing King made every yard of the running to provide Mark Johnston with a third successive win in the tote March Stakes at Goodwood.

Following on from the half-brothers of Sir Ron Priestley and Subjectivist winning the Group Three, Dancing King added his name to the race run in memory of John Dunlop.

Despite Joe Fanning dropping his reins close to home and the fact the odds-on favourite Nagano loomed up looking sure to go by, Dancing King kept on pulling out more and won by a head.

Johnston told ITV Racing: “It’s our style of running to allow them to roll along so we don’t complicate things. This lad is in the Cesarewitch but it’s a condition of all the Kingsley House partnerships [who own Dancing King] that the horses go to the October Sales.

“It’s a shame, but they have hit the jackpot with a few cheap purchases and this looks like being another.”

Fanning said: “I haven’t ridden this lad for a while but he’s very straightforward and was always doing enough.”

David Egan had to settle for second on Nagano but had already won on the Clive Cox-trained Aratus, who continued his rapid progression when clinging on in the tote Quadpot Starts Here Handicap.

The three-year-old finished second on his debut last September but is now unbeaten in his four races since. Having gone clear inside the final furlong the veteran Escobar did close to within a neck of the 2-1 favourite but the line came too soon.

At Beverley, Barn Owl made all of the running to take the William Hill Silver Cup Handicap for PJ McDonald and Roger Charlton. The three-year-old started as 7-4 favourite for the 10-furlong contest and victory never looked in any doubt.

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