Saturday 21st August 2021
Author: Jordan Yates
“Welcome aboard my preview for the concluding day of this year’s Ebor Festival. I didn’t do a preview for Day 3 as I didn’t fancy much at all so it wouldn’t have been worthwhile me rambling on about a bunch of races that I don’t have a strong opinion on. I did tip Dawn Of Liberation up on the Facebook Story though who finished 2nd at 8/1 in the maiden. I fancy a few though on the concluding Saturday which I will share with you here.
Looking back on Friday’s action it saw Stradivarius gamely win the Lonsdale Cup again after out battling Spanish Mission and it was a win for Yorkshire in the Nunthorpe Stakes with Winter Power taking the spoils for Tim Easterby and Silvestre De Sousa.
As ever though, enjoy the racing and the preview!”
The opener is the where my first punt of the day comes from which is the 1.50 Strensall Stakes, a Group 3 event which is contested over a mile and a furlong. Real World will be a warm favourite here and rightly so on the back of his exploits so far the season, which include a Royal Ascot success and a listed win at Newbury. He’ll be tough to beat, however, I’m going to try and take him on though and I’ve done that with My Oberon for William Haggas and Tom Marquand. This four-year-old by Dubawi made a huge impression here last year when bolting up in a maiden and has since gone on to race at the top-level. He’s found life tough at times within Group 1 company but was only a neck behind the very smart Skalleti on his penultimate outing in France. If bringing that level of form to this ease in grade he’s got every chance of playing a part.
The next race I’ll be looking at is the 3:00 which is the Group 2 City Of York Stakes over seven furlongs. I think this is all about Space Blues for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. The Godolphin five-year-old made his return from a break at Goodwood last month where he ran a solid race when finishing fourth in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes, it’s his form from last season though which sets him apart from the rest here. A Group 1 winner in France, he should be a lot more tuned up for this assignment and if anywhere near his best will take some stopping. The Ed Walker trained Primo Bacio looks his chief danger.
Concluding my punts and preview will be the feature itself which is of course the Ebor Handicap at 3:35. One of the most competitive handicaps of the flat season with it’s large field, and this year’s renewal is no different at all. Sky Bet are offering 8 places on the race at 1/5 of the odds, so I’m going to try my hand with two picks. Instead of going through the runner by runner, noting all the chief dangers, I’m just going to fire my picks out as I don’t want to keep you here all day. The first of these comes in the form of Sonnyboyliston for Johnny Murtagh and Ben Coen, who’s currently trading at around 8/1. Now you might think that’s not a massive price for a race like this, however, despite the race’s competitive nature 20 out of the last 20 winners have been shorter than 16/1. At least that’s what this trends website is telling me anyway. Johnny’s four-year-old arrives here on the back of a sixth placed effort behind Hukum in the Group 3 Silver Cup last year, and won a listed event in Ireland the time before that. He’s got experience winning a big field handicap too having won a Premier Handicap at the Curragh last September and is also still fairly unexposed. I fancy him to run a big race if getting some luck. My other pick here is the Ismail Mohammed trained Away He Goes who’s the mount of Dane O’Neil. He was last seen when finishing a very impressive second behind Trueshan in the Group 1 Goodwood Cup which makes him one of the highest rated horses in the race. His trainer says the plan is to go to the Melbourne Cup after this, so they clearly have high opinions of him and if running to a similar level as he did last time he could well have a big say.