One Master is the shortest priced horse on Day 4 of the York Ebor Festival. Sam Boswell looks at whether he can win and picks out his top tips.
The 15:00 at York is the first race we’re going to look at. The City of York Stakes is a Group 2 over 7 furlongs that features a warm favourite in One Master. And she’s going to be the selection here.
William Haggas’s horses are in good form and the 6-year-old mare was so impressive when winning at Goodwood last time out, justifying favouritism. Despite being a bit tight for room, she pulled cleared in the final strides to win.
7f certainly looks to be her optimum trip in my opinion. She’s been a fantastic horse for connections. She’s never run at York on any of her previous starts, but that doesn’t concern me. I really think she’ll be a cut above most in the race. She gets a handy 3lb allowance and will be my NAP of the day on Saturday – a confident selection to give William Haggas and Tom Marquand more success.
The Ebor is one of the highlights of the flat season. This very competitive handicap just seems to get warmer each year. Whilst the prize money is reduced, the competition looks just as fierce. Fujaira Prince has been antepost favourite ever since William Haggas’s horse Hamish was ruled out. But it’s actually another runner from Haggas’s yard that’s made the race that I’m really keen to back each way.
I think the 4-year-old filly Monica Sheriff has a very interesting profile. This horse comes in to the race, having had a fantastic season last year, rattling off 5 wins, ending the season with two wins over today’s trip, including a Group 3 at St Cloud. She really could be anything. She’s won on heavy ground and good to soft, so any further rain at York will be no inconvenience. I’d like to see the ground soften a little bit for her to be seen at her best. Danny Tdhope is booked to ride and he’s already had a winner this week at York. He certainly knows the track well.
I would have been keen on Verdana Blue, but I think the ground is going to go against her. At 12/1, Monica Sheriff has to overcome the fact that this is her first start of the season. But I am convinced there is a race of this nature in this filly.