Ebor Festival | Day 1

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I think the favourite, Best of Days, is too short in this race, he won well on his only visit to a racecourse so far but the runner-up hasn’t done anything to confirm he form, with the fourth home still a unable to place in two further starts. Lockheed done me a favour at Goodwood when he drifted to a backable price. However it’s another Goodwood winner that interests me the most. BEAR VALLEY is the most experienced of the field, but hasn’t run a bad race yet in all four of his starts. His win by four lengths in the Telegraph Nursery Handicap marked him out as a horse to follow in my notebook and in my opinion that’s the strongest piece of form in the book. I would have him as favourite, so I’m more than happy to back him here.

BACK BEAR VALLEY AT 5.00 (General)

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Across The Stars was a Royal Ascot winner for me, however under a penalty he’s going to struggle to beat IDAHO. The O’Brien inmate was thirds in The Derby, which was followed up with a second in the Irish equivalent. Across the Stars finished 10th at Epsom, although he didn’t handle the track, that still leaves him with a lot to find on the selection.

BACK IDAHO AT 1.73 (General)

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This race revolves around POSTPONED. I always believed he was a Group 1 horse on fast ground, however he’s surpassed expectations and now won races on all surfaces. I’ve managed to seem him live twice this year, in Dubai he was excellent and that was then followed up by a fantastic performance at Epsom on soft ground. The turn of foot that he showed to put that race to bed leaves me in no doubt that the drop back in trip to 10 furlongs won’t be an issue.

Highland Reel is also a multiple Group 1 winner, however I doubt he’s going to get his own way from the front this time and therefore I want to oppose him against a true Group 1 class horse. Eclipse winner Hawkbill has weight for age on his side, has won his last six races with the form of those working out well. He hasn’t shown a sustained level of form compared to Postponed and therefore at this time I can’t be backing him. Jamie Spencer has been jocked off The Grey Gatsby, which is a positive move as he won’t be hanging him off the pace. My issue with him though is that I believe he’s now past his best.

I thought that Postponed would be nearer 2.20 for this race, therefore a the odds I have to side with him.

BACK POSTPONED AT 2.75 (Coral, 888 Sport, Betfair)

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