Ed Vaughan’s last UK runner wins for trainer’s longest supporter

Trainer Ed Vaughan's last UK runner won at odds of 18/1.

Hackness Harry led on the line in division one of the Unibet Extra Place Offers Every Day Nursery over six furlongs at Kempton.

Sporting first-time blinkers, the juvenile sprinter ran on powerfully for Luke Morris in the closing stages to deny the 11/8 favourite Lynns Boy by a nose, the mount of jockeys' championship leader Oisin Murphy.

Vaughan, who announced in the summer this would be his last season in the training ranks due to economic reasons, said it was a "fantastic" and "very fitting" result.

Hackness Harry is owned by Alan Pickering, the trainer's first supporter when he took out a licence in 2004.

Robin Hoods Bay carried his colours to victory in the 2014 Group 3 Winter Derby.

In July, Vaughan saddled Dame Malliot to win the Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket.

The following week he revealed he had made the decision to bring his UK career to an end.

“I wouldn't rule out training elsewhere, but with 25 horses, as we have here, I just don't see a future for doing that in the UK because I think things are going to get very tough when we are already in the situation where we have prize money that hardly covers the cost of keeping a horse in training for a month," he said.

Vaughan spent four years in America learning his trade and broke in Dubai Millennium when based with Darley in Ireland.

He also worked as an assistant to dual Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning handler Noel Chance, before joining the late Alec Stewart in Newmarket.

Following his death in 2004, Vaughan started training in his own right and he moved to the historic Machell Place Stables in 2011.

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