A fantastic week’s racing at York comes to an end on Saturday and punters are presented with the devilish puzzle that is the 20-runner Ebor..
A handicap over a mile and six furlongs, this is as exciting as it is unpredictable. It would be foolhardy to consider ruling out many of the line-up so, with caution applied, instead we’ll take our chance with two against the field for Saturday’s big race at York (15:35).
James Fanshawe has been amongst the big winners this summer and his Star Storm (14/1) looks primed for a big show in the Ebor under James Doyle.
A son of Sea The Stars, his latest third in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot in June is one of two strong performances at that track so far this season.
He was finishing better than most on that afternoon and, having enjoyed a nice break since, the extra yardage on offer in the Ebor looks set to bring out the best in him.
Also worth considering is the Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly Dubka (10/1), who was only narrowly beaten in the Group 3 Lillie Langtry at Glorious Goodwood last month over the Ebor trip. She’s been running in good company all summer and has her chance now back in a handicap, with Stoute currently netting winners at a strike rate of almost 31 per-cent (11-36).
William Haggas bids to win the Gimcrack Stakes (15:00) for the third time since 2010 when he saddles 7/2 chance Headway, who was rather undone in the mud at Goodwood last month and should bounce back on this sounder surface.
Later on Saturday evening, there is some excellent action on a six-race card at Windsor and Roger Charlton’s Second Step (around 2/1) is likely to take plenty beating in the Listed August Stakes (18:10) on the back of a really smart performance last time in a Glorious Goodwood Group 3.