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Icon Dream set for York in August

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Jim Goldie’s Icon Dream will compete in next month’s Ebor Handicap at York. Racing tipsters and punters will have their eye on the five-year-old gelding who placed a close third in the John Smith's Northumberland Plate.

The Glasgow trainer told “It's the Ebor for him, I would think. Then we'll see after that. He's rated 100 and we'll play it just one game at a time. We're just keeping him to selected races with him fresh and well and hopefully we'll get a pay day.”

Contenders at the Ebor Handicap will include Simenon, High Jinx and Mount Athos. This past weekend, Luca Cumani’s Mount Athos (5-1 betting odds) won the John Smith’s Silver Cup at York after besting Lyric Street by an impressive four lengths.

“If you win the Ebor, you get an invitation to the Melbourne Cup provided you get rated high enough. It's a tough race that one and is a Group One handicap,” said Goldie.

In other news, Main Sequence had a hard struggle in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on Saturday. However, some horse tipsters view David Lanigan’s sprinter as a rival to Camelot in the St Leger. Main Sequence came in second behind Aidan O'Brien's colt in the Investec Derby.