Databank: Your essential guide to Saturday’s action with top tips, race of the day, jockey to follow, perfect partners and trainer target
- Frankie Dettori rides Kinross on his final appearance at York on Saturday
- Quirky Sweet William is the well-fancied favourite in York’s flagship race
The SkyBet Ebor takes centre stage at York with the winner guaranteed a start in the Melbourne Cup.
John Gosden won the race last year with with Trawlerman in partnership with son Thady and the pair are represented by fast-improving favourite Sweet William.
Frankie Dettori rides second favourite Absurde.
But his best chance could be with Kinross in the City Of York Stakes.
Below is the essential guide to Saturday’s action.
Frankie Dettori rides Kinross in the City Of York Stakes on his final appearance at the track
RACE OF THE DAY
The £500,000 SkyBet Ebor is the signature race of York’s August meeting and dates back to 1843. The winner is guaranteed a start in the Melbourne Cup.
John Gosden has won the race twice in the past 10 years, 12 months ago with Trawlerman in partnership with son Thady. The pair are represented by fast-improving favourite SWEET WILLIAM.
However, only one favourite has won in the past 10 years during which only two started from single-figure stalls.
Five of the last 14 winners were Irish-trained.
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
On his final rides at the track, it has to be FRANKIE DETTORI, whose previous eight rides have included two Group One wins.
His best chance is on KINROSS (York, 3.00) in the City Of York Stakes.
He also rides second favourite ABSURDE (York, 3.35) in the Ebor and St Leger entry DAVIDEO (York, 2.25) in the Melrose Stakes.
TRAINER TO FOLLOW
JAMES TATE has saddled five winners from 17 runners. That makes AHLAIN (Goodwood, 2.05), his only runner of the day, worth a second glance in the Prestige Stakes.
BIG DAY FOR
Apprentice Adam Farragher, who rides Alhambra Palace for William Haggas in the Melrose Handicap, a race the trainer has won twice in the past four years.
Sweet William is the well-fancied favourite in York’s flagship race – the £500,000 SkyBet Ebor
WHAT’S IN A NAME
ISAAC SHELBY (York, 3.00)
Not named after a character from Peaky Blinders but the first Governor of Kentucky. A big player after his neck second in the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
WATCH OUT FOR
NOSTRUM (York, 1.50)
His reputation as a Group One winner in waiting took a hit when beaten in the Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. Maybe the soft ground played a part there but there were some long faces in his corner.
HORSES FOR COURSES
LORD RIDDIFORD (Goodwood, 4.25) clearly loves the Sussex air. The Yorkshire challenger has won on four of five starts at Goodwood.
Simon and Ed Crisford run KNIGHT (Goodwood, 2.40) in the Celebration Mile, having won the race twice in the previous three years.
William Buick has only had 14 rides for Kevin Philippart De Foy but four of them have won to show a £1 level stake profit of +£10.75. The pair join forces with INQUISITIVELY (York, 4.45).
Andrew Balding has won York’s Melrose handicap in two of the previous three years and can add to his success story with The Goat (York, 2.25, nb).
The quicker ground is a question mark for the son of Cracksman, who was given a justified but lofty 12-pounds rise in the weights for the manner of his 12-length victory at Goodwood earlier this month on his handicap debut.
Al Hujaija (Goodwood, 1.30, nap) should get off the mark at the fourth attempt.
The Roger Varian-trained filly stepped forward from her debut effort to finish a neck second at Newbury on her second start before finding seven furlongs too far on her latest appearance.
Both Al Hujaija and favourite Betties Bay are rated 84 but she receives four pounds from that rival so should prove hard to beat back at six furlongs.
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