Not sure that Morecambe & Wise ever made the charts with their signature ending, but it’ll do to introduce the final day of the York Ebor Festival, with the race in question due to go off at 3.40.
21 runners stand their ground as we write,headed in the market by Fujaira Prince, the facile winner of a handicap over this trip at Royal Ascot back in June and aimed at this race ever since. Such was the nature of that victory that the impost of an extra 9lbs may not prevent a follow up and we recommend a win bet at 9-2.
Further back in the field at Ascot, suffering a complete nightmare of a run was Alright Sunshine, which eventually finished eighth, beaten just over 11 lengths. That was only the progressive 5-y-o’s second run of the season and,with a 10lb pull in the weights we throw in an each way bet on this one at an attractive 20-1.
Always a good idea to chuck in a ‘rag’ as well, so we nominate Glencadam Glory for this category at an artisan 25-1.
Coverage starts at 1.50 with the Sky Bet & Symphony Strensall Stakes for which we select the 2018 winner Lord Glitters to repeat the dose. Getting on a bit, but seemingly as good as ever, David O’Meara‘s charge has the ideal conditions today and a win bet at 7-2.
The fiercely competitive Sky Bet Melrose Handicap for 3-y-os over the Ebor trip takes place at 2.25 and the William Haggas trained Favorite Moon is favourite for this at 11-4.
As we hate American spellings, we will oppose this one with an each way bet on Alan King‘s Midnights Legacy, which is trading at 10-1. Just 2lb higher than winning at Haydock last time out, today’s step up in trip looks a good move and we should get a run for our moulah.
The Sky Bet City Of York Stakes at 3.00 looks at the mercy of the ultra consistent One Master, who has the ground more in her favour today than when taking a Goodwood Group 3 last time out. Have a decent win bet at 15-8.
The Julia Graves Roses Stakes at 4.10 completes the coverage from York and we think the one to be with in this 5f dash is the Andrew Balding trained Politics, the mount of Oisin Murphy. Easy winner of a Sandown Maiden last time, he should be able to cope with the step up to Listed class. We’ll venture a modest each way bet at 9-2.
Cameras are also at Sandown for four ‘nightmare’ handicaps, but needs must, so we’ll have a go.
In the first, at 2.05 we suggest a win bet on New Chapter at 11-4 and an each way on Balzac at 11-1, while in the 2.40 Marronier will carry our shilling at 6-1 (e/w).
We double up again in the 3.15 with a win bet on Matthew Flinders at 4-1 and an each way bet on Raaeq at 11-2.
Only one horse is on our minds for the final race at 3.55 and we recommend a slight plunge on Dream World at 11-2.
Now for a lie down in a darkened room.
Fujaira Prince 3.40 York 2pts win @ 9-2
Alright Sunshine 3.40 York 1pt e/w @ 20-1 (6 places Skybet & Paddy Power)
Glencadam Glory 3.40 York 0.5pts e/w @ 25-1 (6 places Skybet & Paddy Power)
Lord Glitters 1.50 York 2pts win @ 7-2
Midnights Legacy 2.25 York 1pt e/w @ 10-1 (5 places Sky Bet, Hills)
One Master 3.00 York 4pts win @ 15-8
Politics 4.10 York 1pt e/w @ 9-2
New Chapter 2.05 Sandown 2pts win @ 11-4
Balzac 2.05 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 11-1
Marronier 2.40 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 6-1 (4 places)
Matthew Flinders 3.15 Sandown 2pts win @ 4-1
Raaeq 3.15 Sandown 1pt e/w @ 11-2 (4 places)
Dream World 3.55 Sandown 2.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (4 places)