Cheltenham Festival-winning owner Andrew Gemmell claimed an Ebor Festival success on Thursday afternoon as Cruyff Turn saw off all-comers at York for Aberdeen Park & Partner in the Clipper Logistics Handicap.
Tim Easterby’s gelding was given an outsider’s chance by bookmakers but fought on well under David Allan to land the valuable £100,000 Heritage contest and award Gemmell with a notable victory in the flat code.
In silks familiar to those of National Hunt supporters, the victorious owner also boasts Paisley Park to his strong racing ranks – the 2019 Stayers Hurdle hero.
The three-time Grade 1 king secured his finest hour at Prestbury Park two-and-a-half years ago under Aidan Coleman, sandwiching a duo of wins in the Long Walk at Ascot in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
At Glorious Goodwood, Gemmell also toasted success in the Goodwood Cup with Trueshan with the Singula Partnership.
Speaking in the aftermath of that Group 1 glory, he provided an update on Paisley Park.
He told Sky Sports: “Paisley is back [in training] and I’m looking forward to the jumps season as well. I always think with the jumpers, it’s like seeing a lot of your old mates coming back again.
“I think Aintree just came a bit too soon after Cheltenham and the course didn’t really suit him.
“Everything is grand with the horse. We’ll see this season what we do. I would think we’ll head down the same route.”