York Ebor Festival Day Four Preview

York racecourse is ready for another superb day of racing

Alan Marron is back to preview day 4 of York which features the Ebor Handicap.

We finally got off the mark on Day Three with Angel Power (7/1) and we also had two big priced placed selections in On To Victory (18/1) and Black Caspian (40/1). 

The final day on the Knavesmire looks a very competitive card but we are hoping to hit the target at some stage with a nice priced selection or two. 

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William Haggas and Tom Marquand team up with MISS O CONNOR and she looks to have a very strong chance based on her form on softer ground.

She was unbeaten in her first four starts and finished it off with a Group Three victory in Saint Cloud on heavy ground. She returned this season and slightly disappointed at Ascot where she weakened tamely after making most of the running.

The good ground that day looked to be her undoing and with conditions likely to be in her favour here I would expect her to go very close.

She is relatively unexposed and looks one of the main protagonists in the race.


Many of my followers will remember back to the return of racing after lockdown when we previewed Newcastle and WISE GLORY was one of the horses I was very strong on.

He ran very well that day and subsequently went on to win his next two starts. He ran very well at Ascot last time out and this leaves him spot on for a tilt at this big pot. Stamina is his forte and the softer ground shouldn’t be an issue. This will be his first attempt beyond a mile and a half and I think it could prove to be right up his street.

He looks to have a solid each way chance if he can improve again. One to keep a close eye on.


SHINE SO BRIGHT who was winner of this race last season is back to defend his crown and looks to have a very strong chance to do so if Silvestre De Sousa can get the fractions right off the front.

It looks a race lacking much pace so he could get an easy lead and give them plenty to think about. He was third in the Hackwood at Newbury last time out and that form got a boost when fourth placed Judicial won next time out in impressive fashion.

Shine So Bright was a promising juvenile who finished fifth in the Coventry behind the John Gosden trained Calyx.

He could run well for us here at a double figure price.


The Willie Mullins travelling party nearly landed a big pot yesterday when Stratum ran a cracker in the Lonsdale Cup and they look to have a very strong chance of landing the meetings feature race with the seven year old mare TRUE SELF.

She was sixth in this race last year when she travelled really well into the race to lead over two furlongs out and struggled to see the race out. Donnacha O Brien who was on board that day would likely have waited a little longer in hindsight and I think this time around we may see Jason Watson hold onto her and let her travel into the race.

She has been globetrotting since last years race with a victory in Australia and runs in Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. I think she has really been laid out for this race and no doubt the master of Closutton will be looking to take advantage of the two pound lower mark than she ran off last year.

She has a massive each way chance her and should be very hard to keep out of the frame.

Has the master of Closutton laid out the masterplan with True Self in todays feature race?


The Brian Smart trained filly BLACKBERRY is unbeaten in two starts and has really impressed me with the manner of her victories to date.

She is very quick from the gates and travels well in her races and just wins by doing enough. Her victory last time at Doncaster was very good considering she gave four pound to the runner up and had her in trouble a bit from home.

Graham Lee is no better man to get a filly out quick and off in front and it could pay dividends here.

She is a very big price for what she has achieved as she deserves the step up in grade. Should go very close here.


The Godolphin owned MOUNTAIN HUNTER really caught my eye last time out at Haydock where he raced very freely throughout and done well to finish third behind two progressive four year olds in Alignak and Trueshan.

He spent the winter in Meydan where he ran his best race when third in a Group Two. If he can get back to any of that form then he will have a very strong chance here.

The booking of Oisin Murphy catches the eye and with some luck in running he could be staying on at the death to grab a place.

He is the class angle in the race and carries top weight for that reason. One to watch out for finishing late close home.

Oisin Murphy and Mountain Hunter team up, can it be a victorious partnership?


If he could get back to anything close to his two year form then SUNDAY SOVEREIGN looks massively overpriced here for Tim Easterby and Joshua Bryan.

He finished eight in the Norfolk in 2019 behind A’Ali when he started favourite for the race and subsequently jointed the team of Roger Varian. His first run this season was lifeless where he finished last at Sandown and looked like he needed the run badly.

He has since switched to Tim Easterby and he could be the man to bring this horse back to his best. He carries top weight here of 9-7 and it looks a weak enough race if he can show any of his juvenile ability. He may have had a few issues and will be one to thread carefully with.

I am more than happy to take the double figure price that is available each way and hope that he can come back to form.

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