We head to York for Day 3 of the Ebor Festival. There’s been some great action already and it’s Battaash who will look to grab the headlines today. On the other hand, we’re looking at some longer prices to try to find a winner.
The 14:15 is the Lonsdale Cup Stakes, a Group 2 race which won’t feature top stayer Stradivarius, as it has in previous years. This will give Nayef Road an excellent chance of claiming victory. Mark Johnston’s 4-year-old has finished behind him twice now in the last 2 starts, having started the season with a good win at Newcastle in the Cigaris Stakes, a Group 3 race.
He ran a cracking race at Goodwood and clearly has plenty of stamina in his page, being by Galileo. He seems to handle most ground conditions as well. That versatility is always a good asset to have. He’s the top rated in the field and really should be winning a race of this nature before long, without old foe Stradivarius in this years renewal.
The Gimcrack stakes is a Group 2 over 6f. There’s plenty to look about the field of 2-year-olds here and I’m quite keen to take a punt on one at a big price. I think Lauded is a little bit overpriced for Tom Dascombe and Richard Kingscote. He’s had plenty of experience with the three runs to date, winning on debut on good to soft ground at Haydock before heading to Ascot and arguably being a little bit disappointing in the Coventry Stakes, where the selection was a little too keen.
The most recent run came at Goodwood, finishing 3rd not far behind Yazaman of William Haggas who he will face today and is currently 3rd favourite. I believe Lauded is overpriced in comparison and it wouldn’t take much for this Acclimation colt to turn the form around. At the prices, I think he’s well worth a little bet, despite the fact that Tom Dascombe’s yard hasn’t had as many winners as I might expect for this time of year.