The racing at York so far has been fantastic and most of the winners have been well found in the market but not by this correspondent! Abingdon, The Wagon Wheel and Jallota’s big price place have kept the wolf from the door.
GOING– The rain did arrive yesterday and Ebor Saturday will be contested on GOOD ground, perfect racing ground. Unless a really heavy shower turns up!
DRAW- I’m ignoring the draw on the round course and in the last my selection runs from stall 10 which will just have to do!
SATURDAY AUGUST 20th
1.45 C2 10F+ Handicap 0-105 3yo+.
SNOANO – Thought he would run in yesterday’s 12F handicap but goes here over 2F less instead. Been running well all season, including here at York. His second at Goodwood was very strong, he goes on any ground.
Two star** win @ 7/1 general.
IMSHIVALLA – Will appreciate the ease in the going and she is a real trier. Trip, ground, grade and Hanagan all plusses. One star* each way @ 16/1 general.
2.15 Strensall G3 9F 3yo+
Most of this field are “twilight” horses with OR marks of around 110, won handicaps but in and out at listed/G3 level. The 9F trip is one rarely raced at.
DIPLOMA – Absolutely hosed up last time. Now takes on her elders and the boys. Gets upwards of 10lbs from the whole field. Two star** win @ 3/1 general.
GABRIAL – Just have a sneaking feeling the old boy could sneak a place here. Good ground, 9F and Hanagan in the saddle are all about right and the price is just too tempting. One star* each way @ 16/1 ¼ 1,2,3 with Ladbrokes.
2.50 Melrose Handicap C2 14F 3yo
Five of these ran in the same 12F handicap at Goodwood. Shraaoh was top of my list but the more I watch his races the less straightforward I think he is. No doubt I will live to regret this but I am putting two up against him.
JAAMEH Took ages to pick up at Goodwood, was just behind Shraaoh at the finish and is a pound better off and now nearly four times the price! One star* win @ 11/1 with Coral.
KELLSTROM Not seen since May, first run in a handicap but this could be a Group horse in a handicap. Son of Galileo, trained by Aiden O’Brien and a full brother of Order St. George. One star* win @ 8/1 with PP.
3.25 Gimcrack G2 6F 2yo Colts and Geldings
Eeny meeny miny moe! Market tells us nowt! I’ll pass.
BLUE POINT – (Charlie Appleby) Thursday 11 August 2016 ATR News – “Godolphin have had a change of heart with regard to plans for Blue Point and the juvenile will now run in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York next week.”
MUBTASIM – (William Haggas) Trainer says Gimcrack next “as long as it’s fast ground.”
MOKARRIS – (Simon Crisford) Racing UK – Gimcrack a likely goal for Newbury victor Mokarris Wednesday 27 July 2016 Connections of Mokarris are looking towards the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York as his most likely target. After finding soft ground not to his liking in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, the Simon Crisford-trained two-year-old bounced back to add to his Haydock maiden win with victory in a Listed event at Newbury earlier this month. A step back up in class now awaits the son of More Than Ready, with the six-furlong Group Two prize on August 20 the prefered target. Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “Mokarris came out of his last race fine. He ran very well and I was genuinely impressed with him. He is a nice horse that has that has got a good turn of foot. It was nice to see him bounce back on fast ground. You would have to say that soft ground is not to his liking. I would think the Gimcrack is where we go next.”
4.00 EBOR Handicap C2 14F 3yo+
None of my early fancies have made the starting line-up. Looks the normal impossible riddle to solve. So I will keep it simple and suggest two horses with York form, have a fair weight and should stay the trip.
HEARTBREAK CITY One star* win @ 10/1 with Coral.
TOP TUG One Star* each way @ 16/1 Five places with WH and Ladbrokes.
4.35 Roses Stakes Listed 5F 2yo
No idea! Afandam goes in the placepot, Atzeni is having a good week and does Hugo Palmer have a bad 2yo?
4.55 Apprentice Handicap C2 5F 3yo 0-105
LATHOM – O’Meara’s yard back to form, ground fine, could do with a manic pace. Handicapped to win one of these, just needs a bit of luck in the last hundred yards.
Two star** win @ 7/1 general.
Now I’ve written my piece let’s see what #FantasticMrFahey has said to sportinglife.com.
Fresh from saddling Queen Kindly to Group Two glory in the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes on Thursday, star columnist Richard Fahey talks us through his runners across the country on Saturday. The forecast rain is very much in Imshivalla‘s favour for the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Stakes. She loves soft ground and is in good order. She’s capable of winning a good handicap like this, as we saw at Epsom earlier in the season, and is going well at home. Gabrial is a wonderful old horse and rain would help him in the Betfred Mobile Strensall Stakes. He’s been running very well this season, probably the most consistent he’s been at any stage of his career. Whether he’s good enough to win this I wouldn’t know but he seems very well. I was a little surprised Theos Lolly got into the Betfred Melrose Stakes but the step up in trip should suit him. He’s a good, hardy, horse who is enjoying a fine season. I’d be shocked if he was up to winning a Melrose if I’m honest but he is running well. I’d be delighted if Megan Lily finished in the first three in the Julia Graves Roses Stakes as she looks up against it on paper at least. Our final runner at the Ebor Meeting is Celebration in the Betfred Apprentice Stakes. He is a horse I really like, a good, hardy, pro who is going to give his owners a lot of fun. His day will come somewhere and he ran really well at Goodwood last time.