King George: Pyledriver springs Ascot shock for William Muir, Chris Grassick and PJ McDonald as Westover comes fifth | Racing News


Pyledriver produced the performance of a lifetime to cause a shock in the King George at Ascot.

Sent off an 18/1 shot for the midsummer Group One feature, William Muir and Chris Grassick’s star was seen by many as the outsider of the six runners.

Mishriff stumbled out of the starting stalls and had to make up ground early, while favourite Westover struggled to land a blow.

PJ McDonald, who came in for the ride on Pyledriver in the absence of the injured Martin Dwyer, sent his mount forward as the field straightened for home, chased by German raider Torquator Tasso, but no one could catch the winner as he sprinted clear to win by just under three lengths.

Torquator Tasso came home second, ahead of Mishriff and Broome, with Westover fifth and Emily Upjohn last.

PJ McDonald punches the air as Pyledriver beats Torquator Tasso to win the King George at Ascot
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PJ McDonald punches the air as Pyledriver beats Torquator Tasso to win the King George at Ascot

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