Hello and welcome to ArseonlineRacing’s coverage of the Ebor Festival from York. This website is 100% independent & has NO affiliate Links, curated by 2 racing enthusiasts from either end of the British Isles.
Charlie hails from Glasgow while Rich is from the Isle of Wight, miles part but united by the sport of kings…..
A cracking week of racing is instore for us all with the first day staging the Group 1 Juddmonte International among the card… Let’s get started!
The going at York is…. Good – Good to Soft in Places….
Charlie – 3.45 – Sky Bet Handicap Class 2 over 2m 56y – Make My Day – Out of Galileo and Posset, has had 4 career starts beginning with a 2nd place finish at Haydock on the 27th April 2019 when beaten 7 lengths by Severance. Was 4th on next start at Salisbury on the 11th June 2019 in a race won by Mankayan. Goodwood was next venue on the 21st June 2019 and Make My Day won over 1m 6f in a class 4, beating December Second by 1 and 1/4 lengths with Cape Cavalli a further 3/4 of a length behind in 3rd. Made seasonal return at York on the 18th July this year and won again over 1m 3f and 188y in a Class 3, beating Prejudice by 2 and 1/4 lengths with Al Muffrih a neck further back in 3rd. Having already won at York knows what’s involved and should be in the thick of it come business end of race.
.4.20 – Sky Bet Fillies Sprint Handicap Class 2 Handicap over 5f – Keep Busy -Out of Night of Thunder and Look Busy, Although isn’t a prolific winner has ran in some hot races at Class 1 to Class 3 level. Has ran 5 times this year beginning with a 7th place finish in a Class 1 Group 3 at Newcastle over 6f on the 4th June, next up was a Class 1 listed race over 5f and 10y at Sandown, when finishing a 3 and 1/2 length 2nd to Lazuli with Dream Shot a further 3 and 1/4 lengths adrift in 3rd. Ascot was next port of call and Keep Busy finished 2nd again in a Class 2 Handicap over 5f, behind winner Art Power with Dancininthestreet a neck behind in 3rd. Was sent to York for next run in the Class 1 Group 3 Fillies Stakes over 6f, Keep Busy finished a well beaten 13th, race was won by Queen JoJo. Was dropped into a Class 3 at Hamilton over 5f and 7y for latest run and won, beating El Astronaute by a neck with Istanbul a further 2 and 1/4 lengths adrift in 3rd. If repeating form shown at Hamilton and Ascot should be thereabouts although will need to step up on previous run at York.
.4.50 – Sky Bet Nursery Handicap Class 2 Handicap over 6f – Line Of Departure -Out of Mehmas and Entreat, has only had 5 runs so far, beginning with a 3rd place finish on debut at Haydock on the 25th June when behind Fountain Cross and Vedute over 6f in a Class 5. Returned to Haydock on the 5th July and finished 5th in another Class 5 over 6f. A Class 5 over 6f at Newbury on the 19th July was next on the cards and Line Of Departure was beaten a neck into 2nd by Royal Scimitar with Aesthete a head behind in 3rd. Was sent to Yarmouth for a Class 5 Handicap over 6f and 3y on the 28th July, when beating Bobby On The Beat by 1 length with Beverage a further 4 and 1/4 lengths adrift in 3rd. A class 3 Handicap at Ascot was next on the cards for Line Of Departure and he won again beating Ataser by 1 and 1/4 lengths with Cobweb Corner a neck behind in 3rd. If repeating form shown on last 2 starts should be thereabouts again today. .
Well that’s my thoughts on today’s selections, good luck if following and please remember to keep stakes small so it doesn’t hurt your pockets, I will now hand you back over to Rich for the Final Word.
Final Word with Rich –
Thanks Charlie, it looks a fantastic week we have ahead of us so let’s see what’s on offer on Day 1….
2.45 Great Voltigeur Stakes – Group 2 -3yo Only – 1m 3f 188yds….
Darain – Dubawi x Do Re Mi colt.
Debut on July 8th at Newbury in a Class 5 1m 2f Novice Stakes, powering clear with 2f to go, winning by 4 & 3/4 lengths. Headed to Newmarket on July 24th, in a 1m 2f Class 5 Novice Stakes, winning under a penalty by 2 & 1/4 lengths. Making it 2 wins from 2 starts. Trainer John Gosden is treading the same path as last season with Logician, who went to the St Leger…..
DANGER – Mogul – Galileo x Shastye colt.
Leopardstown 1m Juvenile Group 2 winner last season. Started this season with a 4th place in the Group 2 1m 4f Kin Edward Stakes at Ascot, finished 6th in the Derby at Epsom on July 4th before winning the 1m 4f Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes at Goodwood on July 30th…..
3.15 Juddmonte International Stakes – Group 1- 3yo Plus – 1m 2f 56yds…
Ghaiyyath – Dubawi x Nightime 5yo Horse.
5 from 5 over 1m 2f. Beat Enable in the Group 1 Eclipse at Sandown last time out. Top rated127
Lord North – Dubawi x Najoum 4yo gelding.
3 from 3 over 1m 2f and won the Group 1 Prince of Wales’ Stakes at Ascot on June 17th. Rated 124.
Magical – Galileo x Halfway to Heaven 5yo Mare.
7 from9 over 1m 2f & 2 runner up spots to Enable & Crystal Ocean. Won the Group 1 Gold Cup at the Curragh on July 26th & receives 3Lb for being a female. Rated 122….
add to this the 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko – Kittens Joy x Sweeter Still 3yo colt, who has been unlucky the last couple of runs, has 3Lb on the 2 older horses & can consider himself unfortunate in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood…
I think if Ghaiyyath is allowed to dictate he wins, with the other highlighted in behind. Kameko adds more spice to the contest & with 3YO’s winning 4 of the last 6 running’s of this race you may think I would go that way too…. I mention Lord North & Magical as i believe they will finish 2 & 3 but it could be either or for the Runner’s up spot!
4.50 Nursery – Class 2 – 2yo Only – 6f….
Mutazawwed – Muhaarar x Muteela colt.
6f Class 5 maiden winner at Lingfield on the All weather on 2nd start on June 19th. Finished 3rd of 5 to Twaasol by 3 & 1/4 lengths in a 6f Class 2 Conditions Stakes at Epsom on July 4th.
Runner Up at Hamilton on August 1st in a 6f Class 4 Handicap, beaten by a head despite interference in the final100 yards… Top Rated 89.
That is everything for you today folks… Thanks for popping by & your support…
Remember to keep stakes small or just watch the fantastic racing on TV.
All the Best – Charlie & Rich