It’s the final day of York’s Ebor Festival but I am over in France this afternoon to ride Aristia at Deauville.
3:00 – City Of York Stakes
If I could ride any of these, I would ride SPACE BLUES. I thought he shaped with plenty of promise in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, on what was his first run back in a long time. He’s a Group 1 horse and should prove very hard to beat. The main danger would be Primo Bacio who was impressive here at York earlier in the season.
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3:35 – Ebor Handicap
The Ebor is always one of the most competitive handicaps run anywhere in the world and this year’s renewal looks no different! William Haggas is a proud Yorkshireman who tends to target a lot of his horses at York. He has four runners in the field so has a very strong hand. HAMISH is the pick of Tom Marquand. He’s a very lightly raced colt who hasn’t been seen on the track since 2020 but he is 2 out of 2 at York which is crucial form. He goes well fresh and will love the fast ground, so he’d be my tentative selection.
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ARISTIA gave me narrow-listed race success up at York last month when getting the better of Alpine Star. She showed such a willing attitude that day and deserves a shot at this Group 2 prize. I’m hoping the ground continues to dry out as she wouldn’t want it too soft. Jim Crowley is missing a big day at York to ride Zeyaadah for Shadwell so that is notable, and she could be the one to beat.
(Check out all the racing from Deauville here.)