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Cody’s Wish far too strong in G3 Westchester Stakes


Cody’s Wish continued his rise through the ranks as he outclassed his opposition to notch a first G3 win in the mile Westchester Stakes at Belmont Park, USA, on Saturday, 7 May.

The Bill Mott-trained four-year-old, who was beaten a neck in the G3 Challenger Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in March, disputed the early running alongside three of his four rivals before settling in second on the outside of Sound Money.

Cody’s Wish loomed up to hit the front turning in and forged clear in the straight, with Junior Alvarado easing the Godolphin colt close home for a five-length success on a sloppy track.

Junior Alvarado said: “Cody’s Wish has improved a lot. He was wandering around and I never felt that he had a good hold of the track but he was simply the best horse today.

“We were hoping to break well and be very close to the pace because nothing has really come from the middle or the back. It worked out great.”