Racing UK’s unbeatable Ebor memories package
Saturday 25 August 2012
Now that this year’s Betfred Ebor is imminent we can have a look at the races over the past 25 years or so that have made it one of the most highly-anticipated handicaps in the country.
Cherish the commentary, admire the old school advertising and marvel at the different riding styles from legends such as Piggott, Starkey, Swinburn, Carson, Eddery and Kinane as Racing UK takes you for a trip down our Ebor memory lane.
The Ebor handicap has been the subject of some monumental gambles since the inaugural running in 1843. There could be one again this year after Sir Mark Prescott’s Motivado slipped in at the bottom of the handicap following his Goodwood success.
Trawling through the archives we start in 1983 when Lester Piggott teamed up with Clive Brittain to score on Jupiter Island.
It was to be the last of The Long Fellow’s five victories, which makes him the most successful jockey in the 1m6f contest.
We go through to 1995, when Sanmartino provided Willie Carson with victory off the feather weight of 7st 11lbs.
Moving on we start at 1996 when Fergal Lynch followed up Carson’s victory by partnering Sir Michael Stoute’s Clerkenwell also off 7st 11lbs. The following year Les Eyre sent out Far Ahead at 33-1, the biggest-priced winner for a generation until Mudawin copped at 100-1 in 2006.
Finally we have the most recent Ebors, including a victory for Purple Moon, who used the race as a springboard to finish as runner-up in the Melbourne Cup for Luca Cumani.
There is also success for Wilie Mullins, who struck with Sesenta in 2009 before fellow National Hunt trainer Gordon Elliott saddled Dirar after just one prep run two season's ago.