The Ebor Festival at York has been another huge success, showcasing several top class performances from both established and up and coming stars on the Flat. The curtain is lowered on York Saturday afternoon, but not before yet another top notch card to close out the four day bonanza.
Roaring Lion quickened brilliantly off a moderate gallop to win Wednesday’s Juddmonte International, with a telling turn of foot leaving a vintage line-up toiling in his wake. On Thursday, Sea Of Class was all class, coming from last to first to win the Darley Yorkshire Oaks under James Doyle. In the following Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes, John Gosden unleashed his latest super-charge equine beast, this time in the form of Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Lah Ti Dar. This wonderfully bred 3yo has the middle-distance greatness upon her if she keeps up this rate of progression. What a performance! If you haven’t watched it – be sure get on that!
On Saturday at York, action commences at 1.50pm with the Strensall Stakes, where the ever consistent LORD GLITTERS bids to have his day in the sun after a string of excellent efforts in better races than this one. He was beaten by half a length in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot, before being denied a neck by Beat The Bank in the Summer Mile. David O’Meara’s 5yo then ran an another solid race to finish third in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
This is his first visit to York, but the long, galloping stride of the grey Lord Glitters should be well suited to the track. This Group 3 prize is well within his compass, and he deserves to win it.
In the 3.00pm City of York Stakes, Expert Eye returns to the track after following up his Royal Ascot win with a creditable second in the Sussex Stakes. He could win this 7f prize and is an understable favourite, but he’s no superstar and I wouldn’t be afraid to take him on. Suedois is a solid alternative, while ABOVE THE REST is improving well of late and loves York. At a huge price, the returning Charlie Hills trained NEBO could also run well, if producing an improvement on the best of his form, after a break since finishing last in the 2000 Guineas. He is a nice horse, for all this is probably a bit hot for him just now.
The £500,000 Ebor Handicap is your typical puzzler, but a top quality staying handicap as you’d expect. He’s short now, but STRATUM stands out like a sore thumb for Willie Mullins after demolishing a decent field over two miles at Newbury last time out. The drop in trip shouldn’t be a worry and he’ll be a tough nut to crack under Robert Winston. At bigger odds, TEODORO has a fair each way shout if getting home over 1m6f, carrying a 4lb penalty for his Haydock success last time out. At bigger odds again, TIME TO STUDY also makes the big race shortlist in a first time visor. If the headgear brings about some improvement, he’s a talented horse.
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