Tuesday 12 December 2017

O'Neill to run Well Sharp in Ebor after Tominator blow

Jonjo O'Neill
Jonjo O'Neill

Press Association

Jonjo O'Neill could be represented in next month's Ebor by Well Sharp after Tominator was ruled out of the York showpiece by injury.

Winner of this summer's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, Tominator faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a ligament problem. The six-year-old will not be going jumping in the winter as he is given time to recover, but O'Neill is hoping Royal Ascot winner Well Sharp can prove an able deputy at York.

Bought by JP McManus out of Michael Dods' yard as a prospective hurdler, Well Sharp failed to really shine over obstacles and made his comeback on the level at York in May, where he hacked up by six lengths. Racing off a 10lb higher mark in the Ascot Stakes he was an impressive winner once again and will have another 7lb rise to overcome back on the Knavesmire.

"He's in the Ebor and we'll have a good look at that," said O'Neill of the 16/1 chance. It's some way off yet so a lot can happen so we'll just wait and see. The difficulty is for horses like him there aren't that many options as to where you can go. So, he'll probably run there but it's a fair way off yet."

Meanwhile, Cork native Jimmy McCarthy announced his retirement from the saddle after partnering Ogee to victory at Southwell.

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