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Ebor dream for Icon team

Sun, 01 July 2012

The Betfred Ebor at York is on the agenda for Icon Dream following his excellent debut for Jim Goldie in Saturday's Northumberland Plate.

The five-year-old showed high-class form when trained by David Wachman in Ireland, but failed to rediscover his best when moved on to David Simcock in Newmarket, and Goldie stumped up 20,000 euros at Goffs last September to bring him to his Scottish yard.

He made his first racecourse appearance in 11 months at Newcastle and travelled powerfully into the home straight under Graham Lee, but was unable to reel in Donald McCain's Chester Cup hero Ile De Re.

He still ran a superb race to finish a close-up third and Goldie is looking forward to a trip to the Knavesmire on August 25.

The trainer said: "He's fine. He's a bit tired, but you would expect that as it was a hard slog in that ground. We're delighted with the run. We'd trained him for the event and it was a great performance from him.

"I would have been happier if Mr McCain's horse wasn't in the race as we knew he ticked all the boxes and would be a hard nut to crack, but for a moment I thought we would crack it. He travelled very well.

"We'll probably look at the Ebor with him now. Going back to a mile and six should suit him. He has that bit of class.

"We bought him relatively cheaply as he's been a bit of a fragile horse, but we have a good back man and a good gallop and a lot of work has gone into getting him ready for Saturday's run.

"The owners have been very patient and hopefully there is plenty more to look forward to."