Welcome to Arseonlineracing’s coverage of York’s Ebor Festival.
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Another fantastic day’s racing at the Knavesmire, with double classic winner Love adding another Oaks to her growing collection & today we have the fastest horse over 5f Battaash!!
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The going at York is…… Good
2.15 Enhibaar – Out of Redoutes Choice and Chanterelle, has had 11 career runs winning 6 times and placing 3 times. The wins have came at Kempton, Goodwood x3, Haydock and Doncaster on ground ranging from Firm to Good to Soft. Has only had 2 runs this year beginning with a 4th place finish at Newmarket on the 9th July in the Group 2 Princess of Wales Tattershall Stakes over 1m 4f, behind winner Dame Malliot, 2nd placed Communique and Desert Encounter. Was sent to Goodwood on the 1st August and won the Class 1 Group 2 Qatar Lille Langtry Stakes over 1m 6f, beating Cabaletta by 3 and 1/2 lengths with Snow a further 10 lengths adrift in 3rd. If showing up in same mood should be in the mix again today stepping up in trip to 2m 56y.
2.45 Minzaal – Out of Mehmas and Pardoven, has had 2 starts winning once, was 4th on debut at Ascot on the 25th July behind winner Mohawk King, Churchill Bay who was beaten a head and Mayaas who was a neck behind in 3rd. Next race was at Salisbury on the 9th August when beating Marlay Park by 3 and 1/4 lengths with Yuan Prince a further length and 1/4 behind in 3rd. With that win under the belt should know what’s required today, although this is a stronger race and a step up in class, Jim Crowley will use his experience to settle him down before making his move in closing stages.
3.45 Rushmore – Out of Lope De Vega and Qushchi, cost 500k guineas as a yearling, has only had 1 run and finished a well beaten 7th at Newbury over 7f on the 18th July after setting off as favourite, race report said held up in rear and ran green hanging left over 1f out. Andrew Balding is a good trainer and will have worked on that at home prior to today’s race, partnered with Oisin Murphy again today and could easily progress beyond current mark of 77.
1:45 – Sky Bet Handicap –
Selection: Zabeel Champion
This looks to be a good chance for Mark Johnston’s Zabeel Champion to register a third win from five starts. This son of Poet’s Voice has been running well since racing resumed from lockdown.
After a modest performance at Yarmouth where he just needed the run,
Zabeel Champion notched up back to back wins at Newmarket, the most recent being a good quality handicap at the July Festival. Goodwood was next on his agenda where he just found a well handicapped horse too strong late home, but it was still a good performance. The step up a furlong at 1m 3f shouldn’t be a problem and the Johnston stable is in fine form. Big chance.
2:15 – Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup –
Selection: Dashing Willoughby (Nap)
With no Stradivarius to contend with this year the door is wide open for some smart stayers to bag this G2 prize. Enbihaar is a very worthy favourite who gets the 3lb weight allowance for Fillies. While Nayef Road has finished second at Ascot and Goodwood to the mighty Stradivarius this term and is sure to go well. However, with the ground being on soft side I will take a chance on the improving Dashing Willoughby, who is seeking a hat trick this season. Andrew
Balding’s charge comes into this race on the back of a G3 win over this trip at Sandown, he looks a bigger and better horse this season and there could well yet be more to come. On ratings he is right in the mix and any more rain that falls, the better for him. My nap of the day.
3:15 – Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes –
Yes, I know, an obvious choice in the big race on day 3 of the Ebor Festival. Battaash has taken his form to new levels this season and should win a second straight Nunthorpe, even if the ground has some cut in it. Without the crowd Battaash is a calmer and more focussed horse.
I look through this field and I don’t see any horse bar Art Power that can give him a race. Ornate can give the bat-mobile a tow into the race, so that makes Jim Crowley’s job a little bit easier.
Hopefully the ground will dry out some more and Battaash can add to his King Stand’ and King George wins in 2020. This isn’t a great betting heat. So, sit down and enjoy the festival of speed!
2.15 weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup
Enbihaar has been a progressive mare over the past two seasons for John Gosden, and now tackles her toughest assignment to date as she steps up to 2 miles. She also faces the consistent and front-runner Nayef Road here, who will ensure there is no hiding place for this daughter of Redoute’s Choice. Enbihaar hasn’t looked like stopping over 14f, landing a trio of Group 2’s and must run well if the course avoids any significant rain.
2.45 Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack Stakes
Mohawk King was a good winner of what is usually an above average Maiden race at Ascot last month, he only won a head, but this son of Siyouni wasn’t the quickest away, before closing down the leaders on the run-in. The fourth that day, Minzaal, has since won at Salisbury and they lock horns once more here. I expect both to be key players, with the Richard Hannon trained charge to come out on top once again.
Final Word with Rich –
2.45 Gimcrack Stakes – Group 2 – 2yo Only – 6f….
Yazaman – Kodiac x Online Alexander colt.
Debut 5f win by 1 length at Yarmouth in a Class 5 Maiden on June 11th, Beaten 1 & 1/4 lengths in 2nd to Tactical in the 5f Class 1 listed Windsor Castle at Ascot & finished 2nd again to the same horse, with the same distance beaten in Group 2 July Stakes at Newmarket, when stepping up to 6f on July 9th.
Finished 2nd again, last time out, on July 30th at Goodwood in the Group 2 Richmond Stakes to Supremacy by 4 lengths…
3.45 Maiden Stakes – Class 2 – 2yo Only – 7f….
Tawleed – Exceed & Excel x Terhaad colt.
Runner up over 6f in a Goodwood Class 2 Maiden on race course debut, beaten by 2 & 1/4 lengths on July 28th. Up in trip.
4.15 Fillies’ Handicap – Class 2 – 3yo Plus – 1m 2f 56yds…
Aslaaf – New Approach x Baqqa 3yo.
won on 2nd start on June 14th in a 1m 2f Class 5 Fillies’ Novice Stakes by 1/2 a length. Runner up in the Super Fillies’ Class 2 Handicap at Sandown by 3/4’s of a length on July 5th. Stepped up to 1m 4f at Goodwood in a Class 3 Handicap, finishing a 2 length runner up….. Back to 1m 2f…
That is everything for you today folks… Thanks for your support & for popping by…
Remember to keep stakes small or just watch the fantastic racing unfold on the TV….
All the best – The Arseonlineracing Team