Grey Gatsby bids for triumphant return to York at Ebor Festival

The Grey Gatsby ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Betfred Dante Stakes during day two of the Dante Festival at York Racecourse.

The Grey Gatsby ridden by Ryan Moore wins The Betfred Dante Stakes during day two of the Dante Festival at York Racecourse.

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THE GREY GATSBY could bid for a triumphant return to York Racecourse in the Juddmonte International at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival in August.

Kevin Ryan's Dante Stakes winner in May, who subsequently won the Prix du Jockey Club in France, is trained less than 30 miles away from the track at Sutton Bank.

He broke his maiden on Knavesmire and is one of 38 top middle distance horses entered in the £800,000 mile and a quarter contest - the richest race ever staged at York.

Also bidding for the chance to join a roll of honour that includes Frankel are Derby winner Australia, Noble Mission and Godolphin hope True Story.

With track chiefs having increased the prize money for all their three Group 1 contests - the Juddmonte, Darley Yorkshire Oaks and Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes - they have been swamped with top quality entries.

The last two Oaks champions, Taghrooda and Talent, could go for the £330,000 York equivalent, while in the Nunthorpe five Royal Ascot winners - Sole Power, Slade Power, Hootenanny, Anthem Alexander and Baitha Alga - are among 52 entrants for the five furolong dash.

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