First Eleven books Ebor ticket with gutsy victory at York under Frankie Dettori

Wed 15 May 2019

Watch a full replay of how the son of Frankel scored in the opening race of the York Dante meeting plus interviews with John Gosden and Frankie Dettori.

First Eleven was installed as the early favourite for the Ebor in August after a gritty victory in the Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Jorvik Handicap at York.

Unlucky at Royal Ascot last season, First Eleven was sent off at 5-1 for a race in which the winner was guaranteed a place in the first ever £1 million Ebor.

His success saw Sky Bet make him their 10-1 market leader(from 14s) and while John Gosden indicated it was a likely target, a return to Ascot is also on the cards.

First Eleven beat Fujaira Prince by a neck in the hands of Frankie Dettori.

“It would be lovely if we could have him right for the Ebor, but I don’t know about the next two furlongs,” said Gosden.

“I asked Frankie and he said ‘if you like’, which didn’t really inspire me with confidence.

“That was good today, he kept fighting. He was headed, but he came back and I see no reason not to run him once at Royal Ascot and then target the Ebor as they need to be 105 to get in – you can’t get in off the high 90s anymore.

“When they put on money like the Ebor, you should turn up and make a race of it.”

Owner Khalid Abdullah’s racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe added: “The Ebor has to be the target, but his dam did win a French Guineas, so another two furlongs is not absolutely guaranteed.

“He found plenty there and was very courageous.”

Andrea Atzeni, the rider of the second, was suspended for two days for using his whip in the incorrect place.

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