Sky Bet Ebor
Heritage Handicap, York 15:35
£500,000 guaranteed,
3yo plus,
1m 5f 188y, Class 2   
Saturday 20th August 2022

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1 Trawlerman 9/1
2 Alfred Boucher 8/1
3 Earl Of Tyrone 5/1
4 John Leeper 28/1
20 ran NR: Calling The Wind, Quenelle D'Or
Distances: shd, 1l, 2l Time: 2m 58.03s (slow by 1.03s)

The John and Thady Gosden-trained Trawlerman had a horror draw in stall 20, yet Frankie Dettori had the confidence to stay wide, all on his own, until they turned into the straight.

Evoking memories of Trawlerman’s sire, Golden Horn, who stayed wide when landing the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Dettori kept things simple and while he was passed by Earl Of Tyrone and then Alfred Boucher, his mount rallied in the last 200 yards.

Wednesday’s winner Alfred Boucher made a gallant dash close home and had his head in front two strides from the post, but Trawlerman kept finding to score by a short-head.

Earl Of Tyrone finished a length further back in third, while John Leeper was fourth.

Trainers Quotes

Dettori said: “My colleagues gave me a little bit of rope. I managed to get him to relax and in the straight I thought I was beaten but the grey horse came and kind of helped me.

“I thought I was just running out of runway and I might not get there but on the line, in fairness, he dug deep, put his head down and I thought ‘Ah! Close!’.

“In the past I’ve been close with Lady Aurelia (in the Nunthorpe) so I kept my mouth shut and I waited for the judge!”

John Gosden paid tribute to Dettori, whom he had a public falling-out with earlier in the season, which resulted in a week’s sabbatical for the rider.

“I think when we went and walked the course before the Arc with Golden Horn, we saw how wide his draw was and Frankie said, ‘I’m just going to stay out there’.

“We did it here with Muntahaa and Jim Crowley, who thought I was mad. I said it was a Baldrick plan that can work.”

He added: “You have to have a very good owner who would understand if it doesn’t work. If it doesn’t come off, it doesn’t come off. There is only one risk – if they go down the outside, they know where the stables are.”

Of the public falling-out with Dettori, which was quickly addressed, Gosden added: “I could not get his attention – I could not get him to concentrate, that’s all. In the end we gave him a bit of a public warning – that’s the way it is. He was left on the bench like he would be by a football manager.

“He has just ridden two fantastic races today and when our man is in the zone he is absolutely top-class. When he is not in the zone, he is a menace!”

Sky Bet Ebor Heritage Handicap
£500,000 guaranteed, 3yo plus, 1m 5f 188y, Class 2
20 ran
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places

1 (20)     Trawlerman 4 9-3 4ex John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 9/1
2 (9)
shd Alfred Boucher 6 9-2 4ex Ian Williams P J McDonald 8/1
3 (8)
1 Earl Of Tyrone 4 9-5 P Twomey W J Lee 5/1
4 (13)
2 John Leeper 4 9-9 Ed Dunlop Adam Kirby 28/1
5 (24) hd Get Shirty 6 9-12 David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope 16/1
6 (6)
nse Ever Present 6 9-9 Mrs John Harrington Shane Foley 16/1
7 (2)
shd Euchen Glen 9 9-4 Jim Goldie Paul Mulrennan 12/1
8 (3)
hd Shanroe 8 9-7 4ex Karl Thornton Robbie Colgan 50/1
9 (10)
Global Storm 5 9-8 Charlie Appleby William Buick 25/1
10 (17)
Candleford 4 9-6 William Haggas Tom Marquand 7/1
11 (14)
Fancy Man 4 9-11 Richard Hannon Sean Levey 33/1
12 (7)
Valley Forge 4 9-2 Andrew Balding David Probert 40/1
13 (21)
½ Rodrigo Diaz 5 9-7 David Simcock Jamie Spencer 40/1
14 (16)
Enemy 5 9-12 Ian Williams David Egan 33/1
15 (22)
Okita Soushi 4 9-8 Joseph O'Brien M P Sheehy 14/1
16 (19)
nk Licence 4 9-5 G M Lyons Gary Carroll 25/1
17 (1)
2 Max Vega 5 9-11 Ralph Beckett Rob Hornby 66/1
18 (18)
nk Benaud 4 9-4 Joseph O'Brien Jim Crowley 22/1
19 (12)
Raymond Tusk 7 9-6 Alan King Martin Harley 50/1
20 (15)
nk Gaassee 4 9-5 William Haggas Kieran Shoemark 4/1F
NR 16 (11) Calling The Wind 6 9-5 Richard Hughes NON RUNNER
NR 20 (4) Quenelle D'Or 4 9-2 Hugo Palmer NON RUNNER