Ray Flanagan with his best bets for Ebor Saturday at York
Perhaps the best individual Saturday of the entire year, Ebor handicap Saturday at York. A few selections for a sporting interest.
York 2.25- King of The Castle and Surrey Gold
King of the Castle appeals as the class act of the race and deservedly shoulders top weight. He has contested some good maidens against the likes of subsequent listed and group race placed Ruling and The Mediterranean. His handicap debut at Down Royal showed him as a horse with potential to win a top handicap and he may find improvement for both stepping up in trip and getting the chance to race on a really straightforward galloping track such as York.
Surrey Gold appealed as one to watch when sluicing up at Newbury back in May and chances are the last few months he has been prepared with this race in mind. Definite chance provided forecast quick ground does not inconvenience.
York 3.35- The Ebor Handicap- SonnyBoyListon
Johnny Murtagh (pictured) has been steadily rising the ranks in Ireland as a trainer and could have a nice chance of making his mark across the Irish sea this afternoon with SonnyBoyListon. This horse looks to have been targeted all season at this race and there was plenty to like about both his latest starts. He finished a staying on fifth under tender handling over the course and distance behind the useful Hokum and it is good for the horse to have received track experience. Interestingly cheek-pieces which he wore when successful at The Curragh a year ago , are now re-applied, and today may be the day for glory.
York 4.45- Aerian Power and Strait Of Hormuz
Aerian Power has been a bit unlucky on both recent outing and could gain compensation in this hot handicap. His jockey stopped riding too soon on his penultimate start when set to score and he found himself too far back early on at Goodwood last time. He looks a smart handicapper in the making.
I was impressed with Strait of Hormuz at Doncaster last backend and he bounced back to form on his latest start in the Magnet Cup at this venue. Fast ground is key and holds every chance again.
1.5 pts ew-King of the Castle-2.25 York- 15-2 SkyBet- 6 places
1 pt win- Surrey Gold-2.25 York- 9-1 General
4 pts ew SonnyBoyListon-3.35 York- 17-2 SkyBet- 8 places
1 pt win- Aerion Power-4.45 York-8-1 bet 365
1 pt win- Strait Of Hormuz-4.45 York- 8-1 bet 365