ITV Racing York tips – Live TV best bets on day three of the Ebor Festival

ITV Racing York tips for day three of the Ebor Festival.ITV Racing York tips for day three of the Ebor Festival.

Friday sees the third day of the York Ebor Festival take place and we give our ITV Racing York tips on another top-quality afternoon.

Another top-class afternoon awaits punters on Friday at York with the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes heading the day three racecard for the Ebor Festival. Seven races in all will head to post for Friday’s racecard and the ITV Racing cameras will be on hand to feature the first races of the afternoon.

Ed Chamberlain and the team will be there again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the day’s action; while Brian Healy gives his ITV Racing York tips for Friday’s coverage.


1:45 York – Sky Bet Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m4f

RESTORER can get back on the scoresheet having ran much better when last seen out at Chester earlier in the month and Ian Williams’ charge is handicapped to go well.

The Mastercraftsman gelding made a winning reappearance at Newbury in June, beating Moll Davis after which he failed to get competitive behind Maydanny at Goodwood where he was beaten around eight lengths.

His last outing saw him beaten just over one length when finding only Palavecino too strong and he’s due to go up in the weights in future starts so may well be able to take advantage of this current mark having won from higher in the past.

2:15 York – Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes (Group 2) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (3yo+) 2m½f

NAYEF ROAD has come off second-best the last twice behind Stradivarius but he faces little of that calibre here and Mark Johnston’s charge can get back on the scoresheet.

The Galileo colt enjoyed a decent campaign last term, winning twice and finishing third in the St Leger, and he continued his good spell when getting to within one length of Mildenberger on his reappearance in the rescheduled Sagaro Stakes at Newcastle.

He’s lost little caste in defeat in both his subsequent outings behind the star stayer at Ascot and Goodwood respectively and he looks well up to winning this prize if performing to a similar level given he remains unexposed as a stayer over this trip.

Nayef Road can gain a deserved success at York on Friday.

Nayef Road can gain a deserved success at York on Friday.

2:45 York – Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

MOHAWK KING looked a very smart prospect when scoring on debut at Ascot last month and sure to improve for the experience Richard Hannon’s charge can follow up.

The Siyouni colt finished strongly from off the pace that day to beat Churchill Bay by a head and that form has since been franked by the fourth horse home who reopposes here.

The Hannon team has been in good fettle with their juveniles this term and could have a classy prospect on their hands judging on that ready success on debut. Sure to improve he can take another forward step here to double his tally and maintain his perfect record.

3:15 York – Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Cl1 (2yo+) 5f

BATTAASH has the beating of a few of these already and Charlie Hills’ charge should take plenty of beating as he bids to retain his crown.

The Dark Angel gelding hasn’t always shown his best on the Knavesmire, but he made no mistake twelve months ago beating Soldier’s Call and he can’t be judged harshly having failed to handle heavy ground at Longchamp behind the reopposing Glass Slippers in the Prix de L’Abbaye.

He’s since gained revenge on that rival twice when taking both the King’s Stand Stakes – his first win at Ascot in four attempts – and at his beloved Goodwood when breaking his own track record to claim another Qatar King George V Stakes.

Improving three-year olds A’Ali and Art Power are both afforded plenty of respect despite the poor record in the race of that age group and Battaash should scorch to further Group One success here.

Can anything stop Battaash from winning a second Nunthorpe Stakes?

Can anything stop Battaash from winning a second Nunthorpe Stakes?

3:45 York – British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 Race) Cl2 (2yo) 7f

NAVAL CROWN has run well on both his starts to date, shaping with ability to finish third each time at Newmarket and Ascot respectively, the latter of which came in the Listed Pat Eddery Stakes.

Charlie Appleby’s charge was beaten three lengths on that occasion behind Chindit, unable to sustain his effort. That form has since been boosted however and there could be more to come from the Dubawi colt who can find improvement.

The most experienced runner in the field he could put his street-smarts to good use now and every chance he can get off the mark now.