Friday York Ebor Festival Tips – Selections Through The Card On Day Three

Friday York Ebor Festival tips through the card on day two.Friday York Ebor Festival tips through the card on day two.

Friday York Ebor Festival Tips – TTC Selections On Day Three

The York Ebor Festival ramps up another gear on Friday with the third day of racing on the Knavesmire. We’ve picked out our Friday York Ebor Festival tips that run through the card on day three of the festival.

The feature race on day three of the Ebor Festival is the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes, a 5f contest that sees a field of fifteen scorching up the track. As well as this, there is the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup, a race that provides us with another opportunity to see staying superstar Stradivarius in action.

Ed Chamberlain and the ITV Racing team will be on hand again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the best of the action where there will be four live TV races for punters to puzzle over and we’ve picked out our Friday York tips and selections through the card on day three of the Ebor Festival.


1:50 York – Sky Bet Handicap (1m4f)

STATE OF BLISS deservedly got his head in front at Ascot last time, appreciating the switch to more patient tactics and ultimately running out a comfortable three-length winner. Nicola Currie was aboard that day and maintains the partnership here, whilst a five-pound rise looks far from insurmountable.

State Of Bliss had finished behind Wink Of An Eye at Goodwood on his start prior to Ascot, yet had cut out much of the running that day and did well to battle back once that rival had swept past.

Mark Johnston has a good strike rate with his three-year-olds here at York, and on the pick of State Of Bliss’s smart novice form (beat the now 114-rated Dubai Honour at Chester) he remains well-handicapped off a mark of 92.

Friday York Ebor Festival tips. Mark Johnston can train the winner of the opener on Friday's Nunthorpe card.

Friday York Ebor Festival tips. Mark Johnston can train the winner of the opener on Friday’s Nunthorpe card.

2:25 York – Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes (2m)

SPANISH MISSION showed a real liking for this track when landing the 1m6f Yorkshire Cup in May. He was ridden to get the trip in the Ascot Gold Cup afterwards and ultimately did well to finish as close as he did that day.

This extended 2m distance may well prove his optimum, and he has tended to save all of his best form for fast ground conditions – something that only enhances his chances today.

William Buick has built up a good partnership with this five-year-old, and perhaps interestingly, Spanish Mission currently holds form figures of 3131117 when racing from August onwards in the season.

3:00 York – Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes (6f)

BERKSHIRE SHADOW was a runaway winner of the Coventry Stakes on just his second career start, supplementing a Newbury maiden victory that has worked out well.

Sent off the 13/8f for the Group 2 Vintage Stakes last time, Berkshire Shadow found the soft ground against him and the steady gallop also wasn’t in his favour.

In the circumstances, he did well to finish a running-on second that day, but now back down to six furlongs on fast ground, with a strong pace guaranteed, there appear to be no excuses.

Friday York Ebor Festival tips. Andrew Balding's Berkshire Shadow can return to winning ways.

Friday York Ebor Festival tips. Andrew Balding’s Berkshire Shadow can return to winning ways.

3:35 York – Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes (5f)

ARECIBO has improved out of all recognition since joining his current connections, chasing home Oxted in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot back in June.

That represented a clear career-best performance on the figures, with a tearaway pace at 5f suiting his hold-up style of racing.

Arecibo has almost identical conditions here, with a guaranteed strong pace thanks to the likes of Golden Pal. Although Arecibo could only muster fourth behind a few of these rivals at Goodwood last time, he possibly hit the front a little soon that day and if Jamie Spencer can keep hold of him for slightly longer on Friday, he is backed to outrun his odds.

4:10 York – British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes (7f)

DAWN OF LIBERATION made a promising racecourse debut at Newbury last month, finishing third behind Reach For The Moon, a horse currently odds-on for the Group 3 Solario Stakes at Sandown this weekend.

A half-brother to Group winners Toormore and Estidhkaar, Dawn Of Liberation is bred to be smart, and he is expected to have learnt plenty from that initial experience at Newbury.

The Hannon stable sent Wentworth out to win this back in 2012, and this colt looks a good price to provide them with another victory nine years later.

4:40 York – Assured Data Protection EBF Fillies’ Handicap (1m2f)

SEA LA ROSA appeared to have found her niche when scoring dropped back to this distance at Redcar last time. The handicapper has far from overreacted by pushing her up two pounds for that success, and Tom Marquand now takes over in the saddle.

This 200,000 euro yearling is the fourth foal out of Listed winner Soho Rose, and her pedigree strongly suggests that she is unlikely to remain handicapping for long off a mark in the mid-80s.

Her powerful connections love a runner on the Knavesmire, and it’s easy to forget that it’s only just over nine months ago that this filly was chasing home the now 110-rated Loving Dream at Wolverhampton (100-rated Save A Forest in behind).

Friday York Ebor Festival tips. William Haggas holds strong claims of success courtesy of Sea La Rosa.

Friday York Ebor Festival tips. William Haggas holds strong claims of success courtesy of Sea La Rosa.

5:10 York – Sky Bet Mile Handicap (1m)

RIFLEMAN has not always proven the most willing partner, but he appeared to improve for a gelding operation when second to the formerly smart Accidental Agent at Newmarket last month.

John & Thady Gosden’s charge has long given the opinion that he could be very smart if everything fell right, and a strong pace over this trip with his regular headgear applied may well see him to best effect.

It seems interesting that Ryan Moore, a jockey who hit the turf when last aboard Rifleman, is happy to take the ride again.