Wednesday 17th August 2022
Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)
A big welcome to my preview for the opening day of this year’s Ebor Festival up at York, which is my personal favourite racecourse. I’ll be kicking things off with the opening race of the meeting which is the 1.50 a Heritiage Handicap that’s contested over five and a furlongs. This is a feriociously competitive affair, of which 22 runners are said to take their place. I’ve taken a chance on Dusky Lord here who’s a 9/1 chance for the team of Roger Varian and David Egan. He posted a very solid effort at Goodwood last time when finishing second, and will contest this off just a pound higer. If he repeats that effort again here he’s every chance of going close.
Next up it’s the 2:25 which is the Group 3 Acomb Stakes that’s ridden over a distance of seven furlongs. I think this can go to Local Dynasty who’s currently a 9/4 chance for the all-conquering combination of Charlie Appleby and William Buick. He made a very impressive start to his racing career when bolting up at Newmarket earlier this month by over three lengths. It’s likely that there is a lot more to come from this son of Dubawi and he could well prove to be very tough to beat here.
The 3:00 is where we go now, which is the Great Voltigeur Stakes, a Group 2 event that’s contested over a mile and four furlongs. I’ve taken a chance on Deauville Legend here at 7/2 for James Ferguson and Daniel Muscutt. He’s made very solid progress this term as his form firgures read 1212, which include a Group 3 success at Newmarket and a fine second placed effort at Goodwood last time out behind New London in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes. He was also only a head behind current favourite Secret State at Ascot back in June and I think he’s got every chance of reversing that form here if continuing his current rate of progression.