But then the Ebor
roll of honour under the previous conditions did that anyway, with winners of the calibre of Sea Pigeon, Sergeant Cecil, Brown Jack, Jupiter Island, Further Flight and Gladness.
Dubai: It was a case of so-near-yet-so-far for Godolphin handler Saeed Bin Surour at York Racecourse on Saturday when Red Galileo, his globetrotting veteran, narrowly missed winning the Au1 million Ebor
Handicap, the feature race on the final day of the four-day Ebor
The Clarehaven trainer began Ebor
week by landing the Group 1 Juddmonte International with Roaring Lion.
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Pasternak famously netted a PS1million in the 1997 Cambridgeshire, while the likes of Quinlan Terry, Chivalry and Ebor
hero Hasten To Add have all completed a Prescott plan.
The classy Gabrial would be stepping up markedly in trip should he take his Ebor
chance, having never before run beyond a mile and a quarter, spending most of his career at a mile and nine furlongs.
Mr Dyson completed a business degree at Huddersfield University before playing professional football at Town and then transferring to Ebor
as a financial adviser in 2003.
First run in 1843, the Betfred Ebor
handicap is the focus of four days of sensational racing and there will be a number of superstars looking to add their names to the roll of honour of one of the most enthralling handicaps of the season.
But for Rugeley trainer Andrew Hollinshead, the focus will be on his stable's flag carrier Tominator as he heads for the Ebor
handicap next Saturday.
The four-year-old son of High Chaparral won a valuable Newmarket prize on his penultimate start and is as short as 8-1 for the Ebor
having finished second over the course and distance in last month's Silver Cup.
Big Jim said: "It's the Ebor
for him, I would think.