Ivan Grozny: was impressive last time out when winning at Galway
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By David Baxter 11:05AM 18 AUG 2016
IVAN GROZNY will attempt to continue the fine recent record of Irish trainers in Saturday’s Betfred Ebor as the favourite featured among a maximum field of 20 on Thursday.
A 14-length winner over the Ebor distance of 1m6f at Galway last time out, the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old has a 4lb penalty for that victory and bids to give his trainer another win in the race after Sesenta’s victory in 2009.
Tony Martin bolsters the Irish challenge with Heartbreak City and last year’s joint-favourite Quick Jack.
William Buick takes over from James McDonald on Northumberland Plate winner Antiquarium, with Seamour, who agonisingly failed to provide Brian Ellison with a winner in the race he covets most, also declared.
Havana Beat and First Mohican are on standby as first and second reserves respectively.
The reappearance of Sutter County will wait a little longer as Mark Johnston’s unbeaten juvenile did not feature in the final field for the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes.
Johnston has declared The Last Lion for the Group 2, with Blue Point, Mokarris and Ardad all featuring in the 11-strong lineup.