For Day 3 of the Ebor Festival I have another three betting tips for you to get stuck into. I can’t review Day 2 at this point as I am writing this before the action begins, but hopefully it will be a profitable day for us. Anyway, without further ado, let’s get on to Friday’s action.
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It’s been a very good week of racing at York so far and Mostahdaf was highly impressive in the Juddmonte on Day 1, when proving too good for Ballydoyle’s superb three-year-old, Paddington. Both runners did themselves justice, but perhaps taking on the older and more experienced Mostahdaf was a shade too far for Paddington at this stage in his career. However, it takes nothing away from his season. Today is destined to be another great day of racing and I can’t wait to see my NAP selection running in the main event, which is the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes.
In the opener here, Balance Play and Wootton’sun are both going to prove popular and I’m finding it hard to split that pair, but I have a different plan to try. A little further down the betting is Mr Curiosity, who is progressing nicely this season and if he handles this track, he represents a decent each way chance. His trainer, Tim Easterby, does plenty of winning at York, so he surely knows the type required for this sort of race.
Mr Curiosity was a bit unfortunate to miss most of last season, but since his return to action this season, he has progressed nicely and looks relatively well-Handicapped here. He won at Ripon on his penultimate start and although that was on a softer surface, he has also won on good ground. In short, we know he handles conditions and he comes into this race with some decent place form, so I think Mr Curiosity is a worth EW shout here at 20/1.
This year’s renewal of the Nunthorpe looks very one-sided to me. Bradsell and Big Evs are two very nice horses, but Highfield Princess is clearly the best choice. She is a supremely good traveller, she was dominant in the King George at Glorious Goodwood and won this race last year too.
Although Bradsell got the better of Highfield Princess at Royal Ascot, his best form comes on that course. I don’t think here at York, which is purely a speed course, we’ll see him at his best. Highfield Princess is absolutely the one to beat here and at 11/8, she’s a steal.
The Shadwell operation are double-handed here, with Enfjaar and Tafreej, who both hold obvious claims. However, I really fancy Ed Walker's colt English Oak, who is a son of the great Wootton Bassett.
He was impressive on his second start at Thirsk was very unlucky not to get closer to Jeff Koons at Newmarket, which was due to late traffic problems. He was surely on track to take on the winner that day and no doubt he will have improved again for the experience. Although he has a hike in the weights here, English Oak remains unexposed and looks like he is gearing up for another big run here.
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