Williams prospecting for Gold at York

At a track that neighbours a former chocolate factory, Willie Wonka’s final golden ticket will be won on Saturday afternoon.

As its name rather suggests, York’s Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes (3.00) is the last chance for a horse to grab a guaranteed place in the first £1million Sky Bet Ebor in August.

News of the riches on offer clearly reached the Far East as three-time Hong Kong winner Gold Mount has come across to join Ian Williams and bid for a lucrative place in the field.

It’s actually a welcome back home as he was a smart three-year-old on these shores in 2016, landing the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot for Alan King when he was known as Primitivo.

But the Asian horse with the British name may find it tough to cope with the British horse with an Asian name – Mekong looked a surefire future Listed winner when chasing Gold Cup hope Dee Ex Bee home in Group 3 company at Sandown.



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