York’s Ebor meeting, which is now into its third day, is a highlight of the racing year in this neck of the woods. An annual pilgrimage for many punters.
There’s no doubt the feel of the meeting has changed since its switch from three days to four to incorporate Saturday.
But the quality remains. Twenty-five races, and not one worth less than £40,000 this year.
Whether your bag is top-quality Group races, richly competitive handicaps or two-year-old contests unearthing the stars of the future, you’ll see it all on the Knavesmire this week.
In response to many requests, I am posting my selections for every race over the four days. These will not be tips for the sake of tipping, but the horses I am backing as a semi-professional punter.
In races where I am keen on more than one horse, alternatives in brackets are given to the main selections. I am aiming to have each day’s advice posted by midnight the previous night.
Not a great day on day two, although if you managed to pinch the morning price of 18/1 about our winner, MUBTAGHAA, and resisted the prohibitive price of TAGHROODA, you might still have made a profit.
Here are my selections for Friday which, of course, is Nunthorpe Day. The Group One sprint itself is a fascinating cracker.
DAY THREE (FRIDAY)
1.55 STOMACHION (Satellite)
2.30 PALE MIMOSA (Estimate)
3.05 ABSOLUTELY SO each/way
3.40 RANGALI (Cougar Mountain, Extortionist)
4.20 DISSOLUTION (Beach Samba)
4.55 MOOHAARIB (Maverick Wave, Extremity)
Now the field has been finalised, interest in Saturday’s Ebor is mounting. I am happy to stand by my ante-post selections, WADI AL HATTAWI and ELIDOR. But MIGHTY YAR has to be respected after sneaking in at the foot of the weights, and I can pass on a strong word, at a big price, for MUTUAL REGARD.