Invincible Army Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Invincible Army ran out a convincing winner of the Group Two Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at York.

A quality field of ten took part in this six furlong contest.

From the stalls it was Ornate who was well away with El Astronaute.

This pair raced apart but vied for the lead through the first two furlongs, a length clear of Hey Jonesey, Major Jumbo and Brando,

With two furlongs to race, Brando came between the two leaders, while Invincible Army and Major Jumbo quickened on the stands side.

But it was Invincible Army, under PJ McDonald, who went forward and strode clear impressively to beat Major Jumbo by a comfortable couple of lengths.

Yafta came third, ahead of Limato, doing his best work at the finish in fourth.

Invincible Army was giving trainer James Tate a first Group Two success.

Tate said: “That’s a local win. I was born in Harrogate and grew up in Tadcaster, you can’t get more local than that!

“It’s fantastic, he just seems to be different this year, he’s even posing for photographs and is calm before the race. He really seems to know what he’s here for.

“I’d still be concerned if the ground ever came up really rattling, summer fast ground, but as long as it is safe, which it certainly was today, it’s fine. It’s the first day of the year here and they’ve done a nice job. If it was softer that would be even more in our favour.”

Tate added: “You have to think of Group Ones only from here on in. He gets six furlongs well, so we’ve only got the Diamond Jubilee, the Sprint Cup and the Champions Sprint, which will be the three main targets.

“We always thought he’d get to the top one day. His dam (Rajeem), who (owner) Saeed Manana raced, didn’t win her Group One until she was four and neither did Invincible Spirit (sire), so we always hoped this would be his year and that was part of the reason we put him away so quickly last season.

“I did hope he might do something like that, but as trainers, even when it is going well, you are disappointed more than you are not.

“That’s our biggest win. We nearly won a French Classic last year with Hey Gaman, though.”