THE Betfred Dante will remain in North Yorkshire after Kevin Ryan's The Grey Gatsby sprung a massive surprise in the feature race of the Dante Festival at York.
Twelve months after the Middleham-based Libertarian ended a lengthy wait for a North Yorkshire-trained winner of the leading Derby trial, The Grey Gatsby obliged for Ryan, who is based at Hambleton.
However, the 9-1 shot will not attempt to double up at Epsom as he does not hold a Derby entry and is unlikely to be supplemented.
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Instead, he will head for the French equivalent, the Prix du Jockey Club, which is staged over ten furlongs at Chantilly.
Always prominent in what was a muddling affair, The Grey Gatsby quickened two furlongs out and held on towards the line, although a veer towards the right meant he had to survive a stewards' enquiry before he was awarded the race.
The fast-finishing Arod was second, with the odds-on favourite True Story an extremely disappointing third.
The Godolphn colt, who was the second favourite for the Derby before the off, never looked comfortable under Kieren Fallon, and was unable to land a blow in the closing stages.
As a result of True Story flopping, Ballydoyle's Australia is now a best-priced 8-11 favourite for the Derby at the start of next month.