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Live Your Dream handed reserve role for Ebor

Ante-post favourite Live Your Dream is first reserve for Saturday’s Sky Bet Ebor at York after missing the cut by one.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor and jockey Pat Cosgrave had faced an anxious wait to see if the four-year-old, who has won three of his four starts this term, would sneak into the field for the 14-furlong handicap.

The Knavesmire feature has a safety limit of 22 and Live Your Dream just failed to scrape into the line up, with Shanroe – who won a qualifying event at the Curragh which guaranteed an Ebor run – the last horse in.

Euchen Glen tops the Ebor field
Euchen Glen tops the Ebor field (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Euchen Glen will shoulder a top weight of 10st 2lb for trainer Jim Goldie after an exceptional campaign that has seen him win at both Group Three and Listed level, as well as a narrow defeat at Glorious Goodwood.

Sonnyboyliston, one of two runners for Johnny Murtagh along with Mirann, the William Haggas-trained pair of Ilaraab and Hamish and last year’s winner Fujaira Prince are all towards the head of the betting and have been declared.

Willie Mullins’ Saldier was another leading fancy but he does not feature in the final field, with the Tony Mullins-trained Princess Zoe a further high-profile absentee after also sidestepping a possible run in Friday’s Lonsdale Cup.

Real World also runs for Godolphin at York
Real World also runs for Godolphin at York (David Davies/PA)

Bin Suroor’s Real World does get the chance to go for gold on the Knavesmire in the Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes.

An easy winner of the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot, he struck at Listed level last time and bids to graduate to Group Three company.

He faces six classy rivals though, with Lord Glitters, My Oberon, Duke Of Hazzard, Bell Rock, El Drama and Brunch in opposition.

Primo Bacio (right) is back at York
Primo Bacio (right) is back at York (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Primo Bacio returns to the Knavesmire for the Sky Bet City Of York Stakes after some fine efforts in Group One races.

Ed Walker’s filly was a Listed winner at the track in May and has since finished fifth in the Falmouth Stakes and a close-up seventh in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

Last year’s Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Space Blues tries to get back on track for Charlie Appleby after finishing fourth at Goodwood after a break since  the Dubai Carnival and he will be joined by stablemate Glorious Journey.

Sir Busker just missed out in the Sovereign Stakes at Salisbury but tries again for William Knight with John Quinn running both Highfield Princess and Safe Voyage.

Lord Of The Lodge, Pogo and Fivethousandtoone complete the field.

Dream team facing Ebor wait

Ante-post favourite Live Your Dream is still not guaranteed a run in the Sky Bet Ebor following the confirmation stage for the big handicap at York on Saturday.

The Saeed bin Suroor-trained gelding has progressed all season, most recently landing a heritage handicap at Newmarket’s July meeting.

The Willie Mullins-trained Saldier is another not certain to make the cut, although there are no such worries for the Karl Thornton-trained Shanroe who currently sits outside the top 22 runners but is guaranteed a place in the line-up after winning a qualifying race at the Curragh in June.

Jim Goldie’s evergreen Euchen Glen remains on course at the top of the weights, while other leading fancies include the Johnny Murtagh-trained Sonnyboyliston and Hamish from the William Haggas yard. Tony Mullins’ Gold Cup runner-up Princess Zoe also stands her ground.

Away from the Ebor, high-class filly Primo Bacio has been supplemented for the Sky Bet City of York Stakes.

Trained by Ed Walker, the three-year-old was unfortunate not to be closer than she was in the Falmouth Stakes and was last seen finishing seventh behind Mother Earth in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville.

William Knight’s consistent Sir Busker is among the potential opposition, as is Charlie Appleby’s Glorious Journey and Space Blues, but Haggas has taken out impressive weekend winner Sacred.

Bin Suroor plots patient rise for Real World

Saeed bin Suroor will continue to take small steps up the ladder with Real World – but he believes the potential is there for the son of Dark Angel to reach the top.

An eye-catching winner of the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot in June, Real World then stepped up in trip and class at Newbury to win a Listed race.

His rating of 116 puts him hot on the heels of the best around, although the Godolphin trainer is happy to take a steady approach.

“We’ll look for a Group Three for him next – he’s progressing,” said Bin Suroor.

“He was keen early on (over 10 furlongs at Newbury), but still finished well. He’s doing well and came out of his last race well – I’m happy with him.

“We’ll look after him, because he’s a horse with a big future now. He’s rated 116, he’s very good. He’ll be in some big races in the future.

“He ran in Dubai this year, and finished second and third on dirt, so he handles it. After he’s finished here, he’ll go back out to Dubai in the winter.

“Physically he’s better than before. He might be one for the World Cup – we’ll see.

“I don’t think we’ll go over a mile and a half, because he’s showing more speed now, (so) I think we’ll keep him to a mile and a mile and a quarter. We’ll see in Dubai if we want to try him over further.”

Live Your Dream (white hat) is heading for the Ebor
Live Your Dream (white cap) is heading for the Ebor (David Davies/PA)

Bin Suroor also has one of the favourites for the Sky Bet Ebor in Live Your Dream, winner of four of his seven starts to date and set to be joined on the Knavesmire by the yard’s Newmarket winner Untold Story.

Bin Suroor said of Live Your Dream: “The Ebor looks the race for him. He’s improving – he came out of his last race nicely and he’s in good form.

“He’s probably a Group Three horse at the moment, but I think you need a Group horse for the Ebor, so we’ll take it from there.

“Good ground would be what he wants.”

He added of Untold Story: “The trip was too far for him (two and a half miles) at Ascot. He is tough and he tries hard.

“Having juice in the ground helps him. I think he is best on good or good to soft ground.

“We will take him to the Ebor now, with Live Your Dream, and I think a mile and six will be better for him.”