Win, lose or draw in the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap in York on Saturday, Ed Dunlop has confirmed that Derby once hoped John Leeper would race again next season.
The four-year-old won two of his first three career starts and was an 8/1 chance for the Epsom Classic last year, but ended up behind Adayar.
Although he failed to win the next nine starts, the Newmarket player has not lost faith in Frankel’s son, who is named after his late father, the former coach. Classic John Leeper Dunlop winner.
Although he admits he was “frustrated”, Dunlop was adamant to hold his ground after the first team’s Rebel’s Romance top scorer followed in the mile-and-a-half Queen’s Plate match at Goodwood as the ideal preparation for Europe’s richest mortgagee.
John Leeperwho will be ridden by Adam Kirby, will carry the 9th 9lb on his shoulders in a race where three of the last four winners have successfully overtaken the 9th 5lb to win.
Dunlop said: “Goodwood was a race that prepared a lot. It was an incomplete ride and they went slow and fast. It was a big horse and we wanted to give it a run in preparation for Ebor.
“All the systems have been pointing this out for a while. He’s a bit disappointed, but he’s still very talented and he’s in very good form, and we’re happy with the final piece. his.
“Touching the wood, he’ll go well, but it’s very competitive and there’s a lot of runners. We need a bit of luck. However, the plan is for him to race next year.”
Three of the top five in the market come from Ireland, with Paddy Twomey’s Count Tyrone topped most lists after a clear win in a mile-and-a-half listed race at Limerick. That form was evident when the runner-up scored in Group Three the following time.
Joseph O’Brien trained by Joseph Okita Soushithird place in the Bronze Horse Stake at Royal Ascot, was another leading contender despite a wide draw at stall 22, along with that of Jessica Harrington When will be available?who is in a more favorable position of the six.
The six-year-old made a good impression when he picked up a valid big-court handicap at Leopardstown in September, and returned from a 314-day break in a loss at Down Royal last month.
Harrington said: “This race has been planned for a long time and we hope it goes according to plan. We are happy enough with his return race at Down Royal. He is having a good time. good form and that run will blow away any cobwebs.”
House Challenge Led by William Haggas’ Pair Gaassee and Candleford. The first tried the ride for the first time, while Tom Marquand attached himself to the second, who scored against the Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal meeting.
Frankie Dettori teamed up with John and Thady Gosden trained by John and Thady Gosden Trawlerman in Godolphin blue. The addition of an extra hood helped him win by a similar distance at Goodwood, and while he retains the cap, the connections could lead to an awkward draw. .
Thady Gosden said: “He ran in Goodwood with the hood on last time and he got a very nice ride by Benoit (De La Sayette. He won well enough. Two starts between him and the winner) His win at the start of the year didn’t go quite as planned and he was an obvious horse who stayed on the trip.
“He’s been playing well since then and obviously we were held to a 20 draw, which is not ideal. But you can just play the hand you’re dealt and we’ll come up with a plan. “
Jim Goldie is heading to Knavesmire in a confident mood with Euchen Glen, who is sitting in booth two. Paul Mulrennan rides on the arm of a difficult-to-play cripple who bid to become the first nine-year-old to win the prize since Sea Pigeon in 1979.
Goldie said: “He’s a consistent horse. Hopefully he’ll be very consistent on Saturday. It’s been an exciting race with a lot of interesting horses in it. He’s been in decent form. well and that’s the track he’s shown well before, so we’re hopeful.”
Richard Hughes may never have won a race as a jockey, but will confidently take home the prize as a coach, if it rains heavily in York before now and 3.35 p.m. Saturday. He’s saddled Call the windwho was placed in both Cesarewitch and Handicap last November and placed a fair third ahead of Coltrane in the Esher Stakes at Sandown in his previous run.
“You’d better do a dance in the rain – I need the rain,” Hughes said. “I really know. If we hit it, we’ll go, but if not we probably won’t run. But he’s in great form and if it’s going lightly, he’ll have it. great chance. If it’s good to be solid, I won’t run.”