York Ebor Festival Day Three Preview

Alan Marron is back to preview day 3 of Yorks Ebor Festival

Safe to say it has been tough to find winners at York this week but we will stay positive and hope the final two days will prove to be fruitful.

Love produced an electrifying performance yesterday and heads to Paris in very good form.

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Alan King landed a couple of nice pots at Royal Ascot with similar types to his runner here ON TO VICTORY and with ground likely to suit he could go close at a nice price.

He hasn’t been seen since a fall over hurdles at Kempton in March. Prior to that his flat form is mixed and his mark looks lenient on what he has achieved.

We have to go back to 2017 to find most of his solid flat form where he was successful in a conditions race at Salisbury before being second next time out in a listed race. If he can get back to anywhere near that form he could go well here.

Looks a solid each way proposition in a competitive race.


NAYEF ROAD has seen the back of Stradivarius on two occasions this season and he deserves to finally get his head back in front.

At Royal Ascot he kept on strongly even though he was beaten ten lengths, he was a further eight lengths clear of Cross Counter back in third. That race looked to stretch his stamina reserves and Mark Johnston reverted back to two miles at Goodwood. He looked to have them all in trouble at the furlong pole but once Stradivarius got some daylight he stayed on well to collar Nayef Road close home.

He drops back down in grade here to Group Two company and that could finally see him get his head in front.

He should set the pace and control the fractions, will be very hard to beat.


David O Meara has a very interesting runner in this race in ESCAPE ROUTE who looks to be overpriced on the basis of the form it showed behind Yazaman who is much shorter in the market.

Escape Route stayed on strongly on debut at Pontefract after being slow away to get up close home and beat the Hugo Palmer trained Lockdown. His run in the July Stakes at Newmarket caught my eye when he done all his best work in the closing stages to snatch third close home.

Tactical who won the July Stakes is a very good juvenile and that race has worked out well.

If he can improve again for that run he could be a contender here with luck in running.


Battaash is simply a flying machine and could take all the beating here but I would be happy to take him on as York hasn’t been kind to him in recent seasons. He finished fourth in this race in 2017 and fourth in 2018 before breaking the track record last season.

While the others will need Battaash to underperform I think the horse that might catch him out could be A’ALI.

He made his debut this season on the all weather at Newcastle where six furlongs was always going to be an issue and he finished midfield. He improved off the back of that run and landed a Group Three at Sandown before heading to the Curragh and landing a Group Two.

It has been a gradual progression and he could improve again. He is a three year old on the up and looks the one to give the favourite most to do.


Oisin Murphy and Qatar Racing will look to get into the winners enclosure here with RUSHMORE who was very green on debut and should improve off the back of it.

He started favourite for that debut at Newbury so he had obviously been showing plenty at home. He was slow away and ran green before staying on in the closing stages. The fourth and fifth from that race have come out and won since while the winner of the race Guru disappointed on the all weather last week.

Rushmore cost 500k as a yearling and to repay some of that back he will need to go close here.

The Andrew Balding juveniles normally improve from first to second run so I would expect a big performance here.


The step up in trip could unlock the key to ANGEL POWER and I think she will go very close here.

If you look back at her runs to date she does all her work in the closing stages suggesting that she needs further. She has a solid record over a mile this season where she was impressive on the all weather before finishing second to Strait Of Hormuz at Haydock and then backing that up by finishing second to Tomorrows Dream last time out at Goodwood.

She travels well in her races and if you watch back the placed efforts there looks to be stamina in the tank.

She looks to have a strong chance here in what looks a tricky race.


This is somewhat of a shot in the dark to finish the card but the Kevin Ryan trained BLACK CASPIAN has been in my tracker for a while now and I think he could land a pot like this with luck in running.

He caught my eye on his second run where he finished second to Lord Of The Lodge at Haydock. His first run this season he was a solid fourth and then he improved off the back of that over the course when getting up close home over seven furlongs.

The ground was too quick for him last time out behind Brunch and a return to softer conditions will hopefully see him in a better light.

The owner is three handed in this race and hopefully we will be on the right one and finish day three on a high.

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