Betfred Ebor Heritage Handicap - 24th August 2013  

2012 Ebor

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Tiger Cliff Snatches Ebor Glory

1 Tiger Cliff 5/1
2 Genzy 11/1
3 Number Theory 16/1
NR: Handsome Man (IRE), Montaser (IRE), No Heretic,
Steps To Freedom (IRE), Sun Central (IRE), Tropical Beat
14 ran Distances: ½l, 1l, 1l
TIME 3m 3.36s (slow by 5.86s)

Lady Cecil's Tiger Cliff thrust home late to claim a last-gasp victory in a thrilling Betfred Ebor at York.

Tiger Cliff
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Tiger Cliff

Following heavy rain overnight, Europe's richest handicap promised to be an attritional affair, run over the stamina-sapping distance of a mile and three-quarters, and there was drama as soon as the stalls opened as leading contender Opinion completely blew the start. Luckily for him he soon made up the ground due to the sedate early gallop.

As the pace gradually increased the strong-travelling Genzy looked the likely winner halfway up the straight, but challengers from further back began to emerge and though he galloped on strongly in the final furlong, 5-1 shot Tiger Cliff fairly flew home in the hands of Tom Queally to get up by half a length.

Number Theory was a length further back in third, with heavily supported favourite Ted Veale making late headway into fourth.

Queally said: "I wanted to angle to the stands side as much as I could because it's a bit quicker there. He travelled well and we were happy to see the rain as he has the attributes of a horse that handles cut in the ground.

"He always finishes his races and he dug deep when it mattered. It's probably one of the hardest races of the year to win. It's good when a plan comes together. It's great for Henry Ponsonby (owner) and the team at home."

Ponsonby added: "I'm very emotional, I know Sir Henry (Cecil) would have loved this. It's just wonderful. He's still a very untapped horse this. I must thank my owners, Michael Marshall and Lady Cecil, all at team Warren Place."

Marshall was assistant to Cecil and has continued in the role since the licence was passed over.

He added: "It's a team performance - a great job. On his homework we felt he had a great chance. We weren't sure on the ground but we took a chance."

Genzy's trainer Ian Williams said: "You'd think he was the winner a furlong out. He's run a blinder and we're delighted with him. Probably his race last week (in the Geoffrey Freer at Newbury) left its mark a little bit, but we're very happy with him. He's run great.

"He may go to France and run in the stayers' race on Arc day (Prix du Cadran). He qualifies for premiums over there."



Betfred Ebor (Heritage Handicap)
£250,000 added, 3yo plus, 1m 6f, Class 2
14 ran
Going: Soft (Good to soft in places)

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Tiger Cliff
Lady Cecil
T P Queally
9st 0lbs
5 - 1
Ian Williams
R Kingscote
9st 0lbs
11 - 1
1/2 length
Number Theory
J R Holt
S Sanders
9st 9lbs
16 - 1
1 length
Ted Veale
A J Martin
F M Berry
8st 13lbs
9 - 2
1 length
Oriental Fox
M Johnston
J Fanning
9st 1lbs
16 - 1
1/2 length
Blue Surf
Mrs A J Perrett
P Mulrennan
8st 13lbs
25 - 1
3/4 length
W J Haggas
P Makin
9st 3lbs
14 - 1
1 1/2 length
B Ellison
B McHugh
8st 10lbs
25 - 1
D M Simcock
Martin Lane
9st 6lbs
14 - 1
Sir Michael Stoute
R L Moore
9st 5lbs
5 - 1
1 1/2 length
Caravan Rolls On
P W Chapple-Hyam
J P Spencer
9st 1lbs
7 - 1
1 length
Hanoverian Baron
A G Newcombe
Michael J M Murphy
8st 9lbs
28 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
Bishop Roko
R Charlton
M Harley
8st 13lbs
10 - 1
Short Head
Highland Castle
D R C Elsworth
L P Keniry
8st 9lbs
22 - 1
3 lengths
Sun Central
W J Haggas
S Sanders
9st 10lbs
Steps To Freedom
Mrs J Harrington
Non Runner
9st 5lbs
D M Simcock
Luke Morris
9st 3lbs
Tropical Beat
D O'Meara
D Tudhope
8st 13lbs
Handsome Man
S bin Suroor
N Callan
8st 13lbs
No Heretic
D M Simcock
D E Egan
8st 11lbs
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