McDonogh looking forward to Ebor bid

Declan McDonogh
(Healy Racing Photos) Declan McDonogh is relishing the prospect of partnering Ivan Grozny in the Ebor at York on Saturday.

The former champion jockey rode the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old for the first time at last month's Galway Festival and a hugely-impressive victory saw him leap to the head of ante-post lists for this weekend's lucrative handicap on the Knavesmire.

McDonogh admits Thursday's draw will likely have a significant bearing on his chances.

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He said: "It's great to be asked to ride him again and I'm really looking forward to it.

"It will be a different test to Galway but he has plenty of racing experience over hurdles and has a lot of pace to get into a position.

"A lot will depend on what draw he gets.

"It looks like the ground will be fairly quick. It's possible they could get a shower or two and I'm sure they will have the ground in good condition."


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