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Tiger pounces late to land real Ebor thriller.

LADY CECIL'S Tiger Cliff devoured the York mud to claim a last-gasp victory in a pulsating climax to the Betfred Ebor.

The strong-travelling Genzy looked the likely winner of Europe's richest handicap halfway up the home straight, but 5-1 shot Tiger Cliff fairly flew home in the hands of Tom Queally to get up by half a length.

Number Theory was a length further back in third, with well supported favourite Ted Veale fourth.

Scarborough-born owner Henry Ponsonby said: "It's very emotional as Sir Henry would have loved this and I think he had something to do with turning the taps on. He wasn't a Yorkshire man but he really loved Yorkshire.

"We don't know about plans. He's in the Cesarewitch and there's the stayers' race on Champion Day. We'll just play it by ear."

Astaire (5-1) gave trainer Kevin Ryan a third Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes triumph with a game neck success over Wilshire Boulevard.

Jockey Neil Callan was suspended for four days (September 8-11) for misuse of the whip.

"When the rain came, the ground was the big worry. I looked up his pedigree and some of his relatives had won on soft ground, but that was in Ireland," said Ryan.

"All my Gimcrack winners have been good horses. He will go straight to the Middle Park now. It's too early to think about next year and that will look after itself."

Hot Streak (3-1) gave Ryan a double when overcoming a tardy start to take the Julia Graves Roses Stakes under Jamie Spencer.

"When he won his maiden here some people said he didn't beat much, but he can only beat what was there on the day," said the Hambleton handler.

"He has improved a lot for that and I thought he might handle the ground. He was still very green. We'll have a chat and see what we'll do."

Fran Berry brought Dark Crusader (8-1) from last to first to claim the Betfred Melrose Handicap for Irish trainer Tony Martin. "She's bred to get the trip and we thought she would after she won over a mile and a half at Galway, one of the stiffest tracks in Ireland," said Martin.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 26, 2013
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