Weekender among 18 entries for Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup

Weekender and Raheen House - clash at York on Saturday
Weekender and Raheen House - clash at York on Saturday

Weekender features among 18 five-day entries for the Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup at York on Saturday.

John Gosden's charge was second in the Ebor itself last season and the winner of Saturday's race is guaranteed a place in the line-up for the £1million showpiece in August.

The champion trainer also has Highgarden in the Listed contest and she improved on her final start of 2018 to win the Princess Royal Stakes at Newmarket.

Mark Johnston has a strong hand with three entries. Austrian School finished third behind stablemate Dee Ex Bee in the Henry II Stakes on his last start. Making Mirarcles was fourth there having previously spreadeagled his field when winning the Chester Cup. Bayshore Freeway ran well here on her latest outing, finishing third to Dramatic Queen in the Group Three Bronte Cup.

Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute are set to team up with Mekong, second in the Henry II, while Andrew Balding could run both last year's March Stakes heroine Maid Up and Lorelina, a three-time winner in 2018.

Desert Skyline was fifth behind Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup on his return to action while Raheen House could make his first start for William Haggas after joining the yard from Brian Meehan.

Buzz, Coeur Blimey, December Second, Glan Y Gors, Gold Mount, Indianapolis, Mustajeer and Rock Eagle complete the field.


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