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Day 3 of the York Ebor meeting today and who’d be a Marketing Executive?

Built up for weeks as ‘Stradivarius Day‘, even to the extent of encouraging patrons to dress in his colours and then the old warrior bruises his foot (bless) and will not be turning up.

This leaves the mud loving Trueshan as the odds on favourite, but with no rain having fallen on the Knavesmire the fav’s participation must also be in doubt. All in all, we will leave the 2.25 alone and concentrate on the other four races on telly, starting with the Sky Bet Handicap at 1.50.

Key to this race may well be the 12f race from the Shergar Cup meeting, in which three of today’s runners took part.

Charging Thunder fared best in second, but there are reasons for thinking that the two Laydees team runners may come out on top this afternoon. 

Angel Power eventually finished 5th after a ride that Our Hayley probably won’t want to watch many times and there were clear signs that Roger Varian‘s 5-y-o was returning to the form that saw her win two Group races as a 3-y-o. At 22-1, the mare looks overpriced and we recommend an each way bet.

Finishing with a wet sail into 3rd from an impossible position was the Brian Ellison trained Onesmoothoperator who has Ben Robinson taking over from Joanna Mason. That was just the second turf start for this 4-y-o, the first being in a Listed race on this course, in which it ran really well. At 14-1 we go each way this one too.

The Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at 3.00 is up next with a field of 12 and three co-favourites at 3-1. We’ve a mind to oppose all three with an each way punt on Clearpoint at 12-1.

Richard Fahey‘s youngster is 2-2 and has got the stable’s adrenaline flowing with comparisons with Sands Of Mali, which won this for the yard five years ago. At the price, we’ll take a chance he’s right.

And so on to the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at 3.35.

Unbeaten 3-y-o Royal Acclaim is the market leader at 5-2 and James Tate‘s pride and joy has yet to come off the bridle in winning all three races to date, beating subsequent dual Group 1 winner Perfect Power on racecourse debut.

Hard to know how good this filly is but we are prepared to find out by recommending a win bet.

The one runner that looks overpriced is Charlie Appleby’s representative Lazuli, which was saddles with a penalty when finishing strongly into 4th behind today’s opponents Khaadem and Raasel at Goodwood 3 weeks ago. No penalty today and third run back from a break, this horse should not be 20-1 and deserves an each way bet.

Televised action concludes with the EBF Fillies’ Handicap at 4.20, which we think will be won by a 3-y-o, but we are not sure which one.

Both Amanzoe and Shampion are potentially very well handicapped so, at 100-30 each, we will ‘dutch’ the race and hope for a dead heat.

Back tomorrow for the meeting highlight.

Summary:

Angel Power 1.50 York 1pt e/w @ 22-1 (5 places)

Onesmoothoperator 1.50 York 1pt e/w @ 14-1 (5 places)

Clearpoint 3.00 York 1pt e/w @ 12-1 (4 places)

Royal Acclaim 3.35 York 3pts win @ 5-2

Lazuli 3.35 York 1pt e/w @ 20-1 (4 places)

Amanzoe 4.10 York 2pts win @ 100-30

Shampion 4.10 York 2pts win @ 100-30

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