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Quinn maps out Ebor plans

Pearl Castle and Swnymor are both under consideration for the Betfred Ebor at York later this month following creditable efforts at last week's Galway Festival.

Talented dual purpose performer Pearl Castle ran an excellent race to finish sixth in the fiercely competitive Galway Hurdle and is set to revert to the Flat on the Knavesmire, the scene of his victory in the Queen Mother's Cup in June.

Swnymor, a relatively new addition to trainer John Quinn's team having joined from Rebecca Curtis' yard earlier this season, made a winning debut for his handler at Chester before finishing fifth in Galway's Connacht Hotel Handicap.

"Pearl Castle is a very nice horse and finished sixth in the Galway Hurdle the other day. He ran a good race," Quinn told At The Races.

"He's won at York and he's quite a smart horse. He came out of Galway fine and if he gets in (the Ebor) I'll run him.

"It was a very good run (from Swnymor). He was drawn 17 of 20. Galway is a brilliant track, but there isn't much room and no one is going to give you much room.

"He ran a really good race, he's a horse we like a lot and we might keep him to the Flat for the time being."

Quinn also plans to run his Silver Cup third Great Hall in the Ebor, but his fourth and final entry in the prestigious handicap, Tahira, is set to embark on a jumping career instead.

"We bought him (Great Hall) in the spring, he's a nice horse and he ran really well on his first run for us at York. He needs decent ground," said Quinn.

"The Ebor is his main aim this year. I think he's a nice staying horse.

"I think I'm going to go another route with her (Tahira). We've run her on the Flat and we've been pleased with her, but we've been schooling her over hurdles and she jumps very nicely, so her next run will probably be in a novice hurdle."