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Last Crusader strikes in the Westow Stakes

Three-year-old Oasis Dream colt Last Crusader made all in the Listed Westow Stakes at York yesterday (12th May) to register his first stakes success.

Taken from Thoroughbred Daily News, 13th May 2022:

Last Crusader, went postward for the Westow Stakes at York making his fifth straight blacktype start and dominated throughout to secure a career high in style.
Sharpest of eight into stride to gain control, he came under pressure when threatened passing the quarter-mile marker and was driven out to win going away from stablemate Guilded.

"He's a serious horse this fellow," insisted Karl Burke. "He was big horse that we thought a bit of last year. He's got stronger, he's filled his frame and got quicker. He's such a relaxed horse for a sprinter, which is why he has the cheekpieces on. They're just to make him concentrate and it's not that he's ungenuine or anything. The sky is the limit as far as sprinting goes and, as he gets stronger, he'll go up through the grades. He's got some big entries. I think the [Gr.2] Temple Stakes might come a bit quick and the [Gr.1] Commonwealth is stepping back up to six [furlongs].We'll have to go home and think about it a little bit. Maybe
races like the Temple next year will be his target and later on maybe we can take the older horses on. He's a proper horse, we just need to plan his career properly and let him develop."