York #EborFestival Selections

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13:50 York 21 Aug 2021

Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes

My Oberon 1pt win only 9/2

Took a Newmarket G3 with relative ease on return to action back in April and has since acquitted himself well at the highest level. Has been freshened up with a break and should be ready to roll here for the in form William Haggas and Tom Marquand. Has a previous course win to his name and will not mind the forecast rain.

14:25 York 21 Aug 2021

Sky Bet Melrose Handicap

Marshall Plan 0.5pt EW 16/1 6 places

Beat the Mark Johnston trained Golden Flame on just his second start and put in a fair effort in a race that has worked out pretty well at Royal Ascot. Shaped as though this step up in trip could suit when last seen a staying on 3rd and is well worth a try at these odds for the bang in form John Gosden.

15:00 York 21 Aug 2021

Sky Bet City Of York Stakes

Fivethousandtoone 0.5pt EW 40/1

Three year old runners have done well in this race in recent years taking 5 of the last 6 renewals so we plum for one of only 2 in here this term. Nowhere near his best in a couple of runs this year and has plenty to prove today. The best of his 2yo form however puts him right in the mix here should he be able to rediscover himself a little today. Yard are being patient with him and it will pay off at some point.

15:35 York 21 Aug 2021

Sky Bet Ebor Handicap

Max Vega 0.5pt EW 25/1 8 places Skybet

Stayed on past beaten horses when last seen returning from a 9 month lay off and a gelding op but was entitled to have been in need of that run and much better can be expected today. He is in good hands and put in one of his best performances around this time last year at Newbury when second to the very smart Hukum. Won’t mind the forecast rain and is overpriced with 8 places available. the Willie Mullins runner, Mt Leinster has to be feared given his trainers recent record in these type of events so a 1pt saver is advised at 6/1

16:10 York 21 Aug 2021

Julia Graves Roses Stakes

Caturra 1pt win only 15/2

Last of 7 in the G2 Richmond stakes last time out but was not beaten far that day having tried to make all in a race that looks to be holding its form well having turned out a G1 winner since. Already a listed winner and will need to defy a small penalty today but looks capable dropping back in trip today. Not sure he will want too much of the forecast rain but has the stamina to be staying on should it get testing enough.

16:45 York 21 Aug 2021

Sky Bet Handicap

Strait Of Hormuz 1pt win only 8/1

Back to form when a close up 3rd in the John Smith’s Cup last time out over CD and another few strides would have seen him come out on top. Andre Atzeni takes over in the saddle today and this ones last victory came in these very capable hands. Versatile with conditions and has to go close again today. Race could well be set up for him today with plenty of early pace looking a certainty from Cockalorum and Fishable.

17:20 York 21 Aug 2021

Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap

Showalong 1pt win only 15/2

A CD winner already and seems to like it here having put in another big run back in June. Has failed to get involved in two very hot races since but is worth another look returning here having been eased in the weights slightly. Gets a handy 3lb taken off by Ella McCain who does well for the yard that have won this twice in the last 5 years. Goes very well on soft ground so will have been praying for the forecast rain today.

0.25Pt Trixie Caturra/Straits Of Hormuz/Showalong – 1pt

Total Pts Played: 8 Points

Aug Total:  -6

Aug Selections: 6

Aug ROI: +%

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