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Elliott 'enjoys' the ride after Dirar lands Ebor

Willie Mullins and Noel Meade have achieved an awful lot in racing and have an awful lot of big race winners still to saddle, but they, like us all, will be very aware of the new kid on the block.

Gordon Elliott hit fame when winning the 2007 Aintree Grand National with Silver Birch in his first full season as a trainer, and his reputation has continued to swell ever since.

He is currently the leading jumps trainer in Ireland but it was at York when his name became even more familiar as the recently engaged trainer sent out Dirar to win the Ebor Handicap.

Jamie Spencer was onboard as honours in Europe's richest Flat handicap came this side of the Irish Sea again following 2009 winner Sesenta into the record books.

The 14/1 chance was waited with under a typically confident Spencer and he saw out the trip better than his 19 rivals to claim a length-and-a-quarter victory.

Of the five-year-old, Elliott said: "Jamie gave him a great ride. When I won the National I was probably too young to appreciate it, but we'll enjoy this one!"

Elliott is no stranger to his raids in Great Britain and is the current champion trainer at Perth for the last couple of seasons.

His sights for Dirar could bring him to Dubai, though. "He was third in the Galway Hurdle and it was always the plan to come here," he said. "After that and after today the plan is to go to Dubai and back to the Galway Hurdle next year."