Seamour (right): run down late in the Northumberland Plate
PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
By Keith Melrose 7:28AM 21 JUL 2016
TRAINER Brian Ellison is aiming to get his hands on next month’s Betfred Ebor with Seamour after coming agonisingly close to winning the Northumberland Plate with the same horse earlier this month.
Ellison has long coveted the Northumberland Plate having been born and brought up in Newcastle, and he looked to have finally landed the prize when Seamour shot clear inside the final furlong, only for the five-year-old to be run down late on by Godolphin’s Antiquarium.
Undeterred by the reverse, Ellison now has his eyes pinned on claiming a second Ebor handicap at York to add to the one he claimed with Moyenne Corniche in 2011.
He said: “He was unlucky in the Northumberland Plate and the race he ran in at York last time turned into a sprint, so I’m writing that off. We’re aiming to get him to the Ebor.”
Moyenne Corniche defeated The Queen’s Tactician when winning the Ebor and Ellison is likely to have to fend off another royal runner at York with Michael Bell plotting to capture the contest with Fabricate.
“It’d be lovely to get in and it looks as though he’s got a chance, but it is touch and go so we’ll have him in a Listed race at Chester around the same time,” Bell said.
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