Ebor in reckoning for Red Verdon

Dunlop’s resurgent star may head back to York

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A shot at the Sky Bet Ebor at York is under “serious consideration” for Red Verdon following his recent victory at the track.

Ed Dunlop’s one-time Classic contender endured a disappointing end to his 2018 campaign – finishing down the field in both the Caulfield Cup in Australia and Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin.

However, having been gelded during the off-season, the six-year-old has bounced back to something like his best this season – most recently coming out on top in a thrilling three-way finish to York’s Silver Cup.

Dunlop said: “The owner is coming over, so we will have a long chat about things. He is in the Ebor, and that would have to come under serious consideration.

“He had a bad time in Australia, then he went and won his first start back this season; then for the first time in his life, we turned him out for six weeks, and he had a great time.”

Red Verdon demonstrated at York this month that he had benefited from the break.

Dunlop added: “Sophie Buckley at Culworth Grounds has done a great job freshening him up. It was great to see him get his head in front in a Group race.

“He has gone back up to 112, but there won’t be much between the weights in the Ebor because it will be quite compressed.”

Ebor in reckoning for Red Verdon
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