Going @yorkracecourse for opening day of #EborFestival is Good to Firm. Watered 2mm overnight.
Racing Going Reports @RCAGoingReports 9am Wednesday
Going Stick @yorkracecourse 7.3 overall. Straight Course; Far Side – 7.3; Centre – 7.3; Stands Side – 7.2
Anthea L Morshead @AntheaLMorshead Assistant Clerk of the course. 9am Wednesday
BITS and PIECES
John Ferguson, Godolphins Racing Manager “Godolphin racing manager John Ferguson said of Hawkbill: “The great thing about it is it’s a mile and a quarter, which we know he loves. He’s very flexible as far as ground conditions are concerned. And although he is taking on some of the best mile and a quarter horses in Europe, we believe he deserves to be there. Charlie is very happy with him. He is a horse that is maturing mentally all the time. They’ve done a great job with him and I think he will run well.” Let’s hope he’s right.
RACING POST The Punt 1.55 York Line Of Reason 14-1 “Not beaten far in Group 2 company last year and has slipped to a fair mark after some lacklustre efforts earlier this season. Showed wellbeing when second at Ascot last time and looks primed to give a good account of himself on his favoured fast ground.”
Sportinglife.com Ben Linfoot “Earlier on the meeting opens with the Symphony Group Handicap over the extended five furlongs and it’s a race local trainers have dominated down the years. That trend could well continue this year with Kevin Ryan, who has won two of the last three renewals, saddling Lexington Abbey who has sound claims after solid runs at Ascot and at York on his last two starts. However, jockey Pat Smullen jumps ship here to ride NINJAGO (16/1 generally, 20/1 Paddy Power), trained even more locally by York handler Paul Midgley, and he’s been given a real chance by the handicapper following below-par runs at Goodwood and Ascot on his last two starts.
Dropped 6lb from 101 to 95 following those runs, this is the lowest mark he’s raced off in his life and he’s really well-treated on loads of pieces of form, including his fourth here at York in May when he was beaten less than a length off a 7lb higher mark of 102. He also ran okay when seventh in the Sky Bet Dash on the Knavesmire in July, beaten four lengths off a 6lb higher mark. I backed him that day, as you may recall, and as I watched him never quite get into things I thought he just needed some help from the handicapper. That has duly arrived and back at York with Smullen booked he looks a big price at 16s.”
This guy knows his juveniles.
“David Baxter (Racing Post) Four juveniles for York 3:06PM 16 AUG 2016
Lonely The Brave, Betway Stakes (Nursery), Wednesday
This colt was also given an entry for the Gimcrack on Saturday, but this looks a more realistic task. He won really well at Chelmsford, albeit against lesser rivals, and was then second in a three-runner nursery at Chester. It was striking at Chelmsford that he is a big sort, so a switch to a more galloping track should suit him better. Off 84 he could have plenty more to offer.
Queen Kindly, Lowther Stakes, Thursday
A good one will be needed to down Fair Eva but there should be some each-way value and Queen Kindly could provide it. She ran a fine race on her second start in the Albany when third, then gained more experience with an easy win at Catterick. Back to six furlongs is no issue and Richard Fahey has his team in great form.
Yalta, Nunthorpe Stakes, Friday
The evergreen Kingsgate Native was the last juvenile to win the Nunthorpe, but Yalta looks a very interesting contender having been supplemented. The Mark Johnston-trained colt had been a big disappointment in Group company after two wins, but dropping back to the minimum led to a spectacular performance in the Molecomb at Goodwood. He lowered the two-year-old course record that day, and gets lumps of weight here.
Mokarris, Gimcrack Stakes, Saturday
Slow ground undid Mokarris in the Coventry, but he got back on track with a Listed win at Newbury last time. Simon Crisford continues to do well with his juveniles this season and this colt has only had three starts so there should be more to come.”
Luca Cumani website Wednesday 17th August.
“We should have plenty of runners this week including at York’s Ebor Festival which has been rather good to us down the years. We won the Listed EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes eight times during the 1990s although we have not enjoyed the best of luck since (Koora was second in 2015) so we are hoping for better fortune with Michael and Michelle Morris’ Tiptree. She seemed to appreciate the step up to a mile and a half last time but she will need to improve again in what is always a competitive race of its type. The feature race on Thursday, however, is the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks in which we are doubly represented with Koora and Loving Things. Unfortunately, the forecast predicts sunny conditions, whereas rain would have helped both our fillies. With a number of high class fillies declared to run the challenge ahead is going to be a tough one, but both of ours go there in good form and are not without winning claims. We can forget Koora’s last race in Ireland, when she was not herself for whatever reason, and we know that this is her trip. Banksea will probably run at the York on Friday, dropping back to a mile, and we hope he can get back to form. We could also run Shakopee (York), War Story and Blind Faith (both Sandown) on Friday; however, we unfortunately won’t have a runner in the Convivial Maiden at York, a race we have won for the last two years. It is also disappointing that we will be without a runner in Saturday’s Ebor, the most valuable Flat handicap in Europe, but the search to find next year’s winner has already begun and Saturday is still set to be an exciting day. Aside from Total Star in the Solario; we are also set to run Bermondsey (if he gets in to the race) and Laurence at Sandown, in each of the mile and a quarter handicaps, and Fallen For A Star is also entered for a mile and a quarter handicap at York.”