York has dominated the racing stage all week and four days of brilliant racing on the Knavesmire concludes on Saturday with the famous Ebor Handicap.
The Ebor is devilishly tough race for punters to solve but a cracking contest in itself. Not since 2007 has a favourite obliged so we’ll be swerving the Willie Mullins-trained jolly in favour of two more speculative shouts.
Montaly – 3.40 York @ 25/1
The 2017 Chester Cup winner hasn’t exactly been shining this season but his most recent run at Sandown was a step in the right direction. Montaly was a Group 2 winner at York during this meeting a year ago over an extended two miles.
This trip, just shy of 1m6f, is about as sharp as he’ll want it these days but should be within his wheelhouse.
Those early-season outings can be forgiven, with trainer Andrew Balding having endured a slow start this term with his string. They are now finding the target, with a 26% strike rate recently.
Montaly is a big price in the Ebor and could be capable of hitting the frame – or better – having dropped to a decent handicap mark.
Teodoro – 3.40 York @ 14/1
The second fancy in the Ebor is last-time-out Haydock winner Teodoro. That was a Group 2 prize he lifted and he did so with plenty in hand seemingly
On the back of it, he looks to be well ahead of his handicap mark despite going up 4lb with his penalty.
The question mark for Tom Dascombe’s runner is surely over this extended trip. He’ll have to dig deeper but we know he stays at least 1m4f and he’s worth giving a chance to on the back of that impressive win.
Lord Glitters – 1.50 York @ 7/4
The opening race on the York card is the Group 3 Strensall Stakes over 1m1/2f and it offers Lord Glitters a strong chance of gaining a deserved success.
He improved significantly for trainer David O’Meara this season and can count himself unfortunate not to have scored in three top-class events.
He ran well in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and, most recently, put up another excellent showing in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, both of them Group 1 races.
This is a drop in class and Danny Tudhope’s mount will likely make it count should he run to the same level of form he produced in the aforementioned races.
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