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Dirar launches American campaign

Last year's Ebor winner Dirar begins an American adventure with a start in the New York Writers Club Chase at Saratoga on Thursday.

Barry Geraghty has been enlisted by trainer Gordon Elliott to take the mount in the valuable handicap event over just under two and a half miles at the glamorous New York State course, while Dirar has been pencilled in for other US targets in the autumn.

Elliott plans to extend the gelding's stay until the Far Hills meeting on October 22 - an historic and hugely popular event in the New Jersey countryside.

Dirar, who has raced on the Flat this year, has also proved himself a decent jumper and was third in last month's Galway Hurdle.

"We've had runners over here before, but no success," said Elliott, who has already arrived in America.

"The prize money is very good and there is also the chance of good ground.

"He travelled over nicely and seems in good order. It's great to have Barry on our side for the race and the plan is to finish up at Far Hills in October. We might run him once or twice in between."


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