King sets sights on Ebor bid for Elgin

York contest the aim for winning hurdler.

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By Gary Nutting,

Alan King is eyeing a belated Ebor bid with crack hurdler Elgin – a race in which he already has a leading contender in Trueshan.

The eight-year-old, rated 161 in his last full season over jumps, was being prepared for the 2018 Sky Bet-sponsored York handicap when injury ruled him out.

King said: “We were trying to get him up the weights to get into the Ebor, but he disappointed when favourite for a Newmarket handicap and had to have a long time off.

“I’d be inclined to put a line through his recent comeback run over hurdles at Kempton considering his absence, but that should have blown away the cobwebs and I’m hopeful there’s a big handicap in him, over a mile and a half to a mile and six furlongs.”

Although subsequently dropped to 149 over hurdles, Elgin remains on 98 on the Flat and looks potentially well treated after just four runs in that sphere, with two wins to his name.

“In hindsight the ground was too quick for him that day at Newmarket,” added King. “He’s a big, heavy horse who carries a lot of condition, so ideally wants good to soft or easier.”

Elgin would need at least a 5lb rise to get into the Ebor based on the marks of last year’s participants, whereas Trueshan’s place looks assured as a 109-rated rapidly improving four-year-old.

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