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Eyecatchers from York Ebor Festival – Day 1

From @RTR_Liam

Project Dante – Step up in trip to 6f
Project Dante could only finish 13th in this handicap over 5f 89y but that was much better than it appeared like he was going to after a furlong or so as he was badly outpaced and was never travelling off the back of the field. Eventually he got going and started to run on really well and I thought Hollie dropped her hands far too quickly (didn’t want to get too close?). He was beaten just 5 1/4 lengths in the end and the handicapper is likely to drop him down the handicap. Having initially been given a mark of 103 after his 3rd at Royal Ascot and then up again to 106 after finishing 10th of 11 at Newmarket, he has started to come back down. This run at York was off a mark of 100 and I expect to see him dropped another 3 or 4 for this race. In another handicap again next time and stepped up to 6f, I think he can go very close.

Aim: Fever Tree Handicap

Aim: Cathedral City of the Dales Handicap

Edit : -4 to 96

Frankenstella – Bumped into one
Frankenstella has surely just bumped into one at York in the Stayers Handicap. The horse who beat him , Alfred Boucher went on to finish a very close 2nd in the Ebor just a few days later. If you took out Alfred Boucher from this race, Frankenstella wouldn’t have come off the bridle in my opinion to win this. This was only his 2nd run of the season and he’s still very lightly raced. I hope he’s saved for feature races and connections target the Cesarewitch and next season’s Chester Cup. He could certainly progress into Group races as well but they might as well try and win a feature race and a lucrative pot or 2!

Aim: Cesarewitch Handicap

Aim: 2023 Chester Cup

Edit: +2 to 89

Pink Crystal – most unlucky of the week
We had Designer in our York Blog (along with lots of other winners) but to be honest, we were lucky. Pink Crystal for me was definitely the best horse in the race and with a clear run would have won going away and looked very impressive. She looks very progressive and travelled well but got stuck behind a wall of horses. When she eventually got out it was far too late and Designer had got a break over the far side. She ran on strongly and was closing all the way to the line. She currently has a rating of 84 and I think she will go up 3 or 4 for this and usually I would be keen for connections to take advantage of this handicap mark but I think she’ll be put into a Listed race next time for Fillies.

Aim: Arran Scottish Sprint (Listed)

Edit: +3 to 87

Eyecatchers from York Ebor Festival – Day 2

Dare to Hope – back to Nursery company
Dare To Hope ran in another lucrative race in the Premier Yearling Stakes and ran ok for 4th despite for me not being on the right part of the track. I hate horses going right over the far side when trying to make their move. They picked up another £12k for finishing 4th and think next time we will see Dare To Hope back into Nursery company and they can get back to wining ways before hopefully continuing to progress as a 3 year old.

Edit: -1 to 87

Revich – back off to Ayr
Revich finished 3rd at Goodwood in the Golden Mile but didn’t run as well at York , arguably due to being drawn out wide and being stuck out wide down the straight. The rest of the Golden Mile form worked out really well with Orbaan, Blue For You & Ouzo (1st, 2nd and 4th) finishing 1st, 4th and 5th here. I think Revich will put this disappointing run behind him next time and the handicapper may drop him for finishing 9th. If the handicapper drops him 1lb for this to 95, he would be just 3lb higher than when he won at Ayr in 2021 and I would be surprised if they didn’t go back here to try and win the race again.

Aim: Virgin Bet Handicap

Edit: -1 to 95

Eyecatchers from York Ebor Festival – Day 3

Hi Royal – ran a cracker on debut
Hi Royal finished 3rd on debut behind Desert Order (who I think will be in Group races at the end of the season) and Glenfinnan who had finished 4th in a Novice race on debut at Newbury. Hi Royal ran the best of those at York without a previous run under their belt. His lack of experience was very noticeable as he was slowly away and was 3rd last turning into the straight. Kevin pulled him out from behind the pack and moved into the centre of the track and kept drifting when making his challenge. Kevin didn’t use the whip until late on when he felt he had a chance of winning the race but just found 2 too good. With that run under his belt, you would imagine he will be better next time and I think will show that this effort was a very good effort and take all the beating in a novice/maiden event somewhere.

Operating – Ryan didn’t think he was doing anything
Operating was sent off 11/4 favourite for the final race on day 3 and for most of the race never looked like winning. In a race where the front 2 got a break and never got caught, Ryan sat Operating towards the back of the field and looked like he was giving up on Operating when he didn’t appear to be picking up when asked for his effort. It wasn’t until the final furlong that Ryan actually made an effort to ride Operating to the finish when I think he realised that none of the others were actually making any ground. He finished 6th in the end and was never nearer and never going to win. I think he will be stepped back up in trip next time and he does have an entry in the Cambridgeshire which would arguably suit. He is also entered in the sales before that and it would be interesting to see if he’s sold and if so who to.

Aim: Cambridgeshire

Keep an eye on: Tattersalls Sales

Edit: No change on 91

Eyecatchers from York Ebor Festival – Day 4

Euchen Glen – Let’s try and regain his crown
Euchen Glen finished 7th in the Ebor and was arguably the most unlucky in the race as he never really got a clear run and Paul had to keep weaving instead of riding him out and he was a never nearer 7th in the end. This was a good effort for the 9 year old and he’s demonstrated his handicap mark is something he can run well off especially with a clear run. He may drop another pound for this and his 102/101 handicap mark would be the same or just 1lb higher than when winning the Old Borough Cup in 2020. I think he runs his best races when held up and if he runs at Haydock and is held up and comes off the rail down the middle to make his challenge, I would be confident of a big run.

Aim: Old Borough Cup

Edit: No change on 105

Silver Samurai – beaten by 2 in-form, well handicapped sprinters
Silver Samurai was eyecatching 2 runs ago when 7th at York when running on strongly and again this time on Ebor day when he finished 3rd behind Summerghand (really well handicapped) and Commanche Falls (in-form) and I think this form will work out really well. Silver Samurai came there travelling well but was run down by the 2 who finished in front and I think as he’s finished 3rd he might only get 1lb raise and that in a race which arguably doesn’t feature the front pair he can go 2 places better next time.

Edit: No change on 97

Regional – needs a different ride
Having been running on strongly in his previous races, Regional was given a different ride here and I think that went against him particularly as the front 3 all came from off the pace. I think they will revert to hold up tactics next time and having finished 13th here, he may well be dropped a pound or 2 by the handicapper. I think he’s still improving and nicely handicapped and this will simply be a blip which will be quickly forgotten about when he bounces back next time.

Both Regional and Silver Samurai could be aimed at the same races at Doncaster & Haydock

Aim: The Tin Man Handicap

Aim: The Cazoo Handicap Stakes

Edit: -1 to 102

These blogs are worth reading and the horses added to your NagMe. We had some great wins at York including Soulcombe, Summerghand & Trawlerman in the Ebor!

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