Ebor Handicap 2018: Timeform's runner-by-runner guide
Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Saturday's Ebor Handicap, and pick out their 1-2-3-4...
"5lb higher now but could still be on the upgrade and any rain on the Knavesmire will suit."
Timeform on Crowned Eagle
1. WEEKENDER (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori)
Won minor event at Chelmsford (by two and a half lengths from Higher Power) in May and followed respectable third in Sandown Group 3 (2m) with creditable neck second to Marmelo in listed race over C&D last time. Tough ask off top weight, though.
2. DYLAN MOUTH (Marco Botti/Gerald Mosse)
Well-travelled seven-year-old who won five-runner Silver Cup over C&D by neck from Dal Harraild. Hasn't had many starts beyond 1½m, so needs respect despite looking no more than fairly treated.
3. MUNTAHAA (John Gosden/Jim Crowley)
Smart performer who won John Porter Stakes at Newbury (by neck from Chemical Charge) in 2017. Creditable efforts all three starts this season and looks well worth another try at 1¾m. Shortlisted.
4. SCOTLAND (Andrew Balding/Jason Watson (3))
Third in Silver Cup at York (length behind Dylan Mouth) in July, but 13 lengths last of 7 to Mirage Dancer in Glorious Stakes at Goodwood last time, dropping away when snatched up under two furlongs out.
5. MUSTAJEER (Ger Lyons, Ireland/Colin Keane)
Won handicap at Naas (by three and a quarter lengths from Espoir d'Soleil) in 2017 and fourth in Mooresbridge Stakes at Naas (two lengths behind Cliffs of Moher) in May. Beelow form in first-time hood when two and three quarter lengths fourth to Kalaxana in listed race at Roscommon last time.
6. CROWNED EAGLE (Marco Botti/Daniel Muscatt)
Won at Kempton (by three quarters of a length from Kelly's Dino) in March and produced career-best effort when neck second to Rainbow Rebel in Old Newton Cup at Haydock last time. 5 lb higher now but could still be on the upgrade and any rain on the Knavesmire will suit.
7. NAKEETA (Iain Jardine/Callum Rodriguez (3))
Won this race from 4 lb lower in 2017. Best effort this term in first-time tongue strap when three and a half lengths fifth to Stratum in JLT Cup at Newbury last time. Sure to make another bold bid now returned to this venue and dropped back in trip.
8. LORD YEATS (Jedd O'Keeffe/Graham Lee)
Won handicap here and listed race at Newmarket (by neck from Second Step) in 2017, both over 1½m. Respectable efforts in pattern company since and looks fairly treated back in a handicap.
9. TIME TO STUDY (Mark Johnston/Silvestre de Sousa)
Smart handicapper who was fourth in Henry II Stakes at Sandown (seven lengths behind Magic Circle) in May. Below form last two starts, though, and now tries a visor for the first time. prominently.
10. BLAKENEY POINT (Roger Charlton/Jamie Spencer)
Smart handicapper who won three times in 2017. Creditable effort in 1½m Glorious Stakes at Goodwood last time and has to be considered back in a handicap with step back up in trip no issue.
11. MONTALY (Andrew Balding/P.J. McDonald)
Won Chester Cup and Lonsdale Cup here (by nose from Dartmouth) in 2017. Not quite same force this year, four and a half lengths fifth of 6 to Nearly Caught in listed race at Sandown last time.
12. TEODORO (Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote)
Prolific sort who has been better than ever this year, winning Rose of Lancaster Stakes (1¼m) at Haydock last time by three and a quarter lengths from Brorocco under good front-running ride. Well treated under 4 lb penalty, but not sure to be suited by this big field and also has stamina to prove.
13. SAUNTER (Ian Williams/Fran Berry)
Won minor event at Compiegne (by five lengths from Dagobert Duke) in July and better than ever when following up in 6-runner handicap at Newmarket last time by one and a half lengths from Huge Future, leading 2two furlongs out and staying on well. Respected under 7 lb penalty.
14. SEA THE LION (Jarlath P. Fahey, Ireland/R.P. Whelan)
Progressive this term, winning all three starts, most recently 1½m handicap at the Curragh for second year running. 11 lb higher here, but remains lightly raced, and step back up in trip no problem.
15. PLATITUDE (Amanda Perrett/Daniel Tudhope)
Made winning start for new connections (after a breathing operation) at Goodwood in May and good second to Nearly Caught in 2m listed race at Sandown next start. Shaped better than bare result back at Goodwood last time and type to bounce back.
16. MY REWARD (Tim Easterby/David Allan)
Won at Pontefract (by one and a quarter lengths from Final) in June but below form since. Hard to fancy despite having run well at the track in the past.
17. WHISKEY SOUR (Willie Mullins, Ireland/William Buick)
Grade 1-winning hurdler as a novice who also won on the Flat at Galway (twice in four days) in 2017. Good three and a quarter lengths fifth to Lagostovegas in Ascot Stakes last time. Looks fairly treated.
18. FUN MAC (Hughie Morrison/David Probert)
Second in Chester Cup (six lengths behind Magic Circle) in May and creditable half-length third of 5 to Holdthasigreen in listed race at Maisons-Laffitte last time, making most.
19. STRATUM (Willie Mullins, Ireland/Robert Winston)
Justified strong support in first-time hood when winning JLT Cup (2m) at Newbury last time, decisively by three lengths from Kloud Gate. 8 lb higher mark demands more, especially now dropped back in trip, but has to be considered given connections.
20. MOUNTAIN BELL (Ralph Beckett/Andrew Breslin (5))
Won minor event at Newcastle (by two lengths from Cape Cova) in 2017 and creditable three and a quarter lengths third to Lady Bergamot in handicap at Chelmsford last time, dictating from the front. Much more on her plate here.
Reserve 21. SAIGON CITY (Declan Carroll/Ger O'Neill (5))
Won minor event at Doncaster (by five lengths from Across The Stars) in March and possibly amiss when only ninth of 11 to Mount Moriah in listed race at Nottingham last time. Usually races prominently.
Reserve 22. SIR CHAUVELIN (Jim Goldie/Daniel Tudhope)
Better than ever when winning handicap at Goodwood last time by half a length from Melting Dew, and respected under 4 lb penalty if getting into the race, but has never run well here.
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Timeform Ebor Handicap Analyst Verdict
Marco Botti fields two credible candidates in CROWNED EAGLE and Dylan Mouth, particularly the former who was just edged out by the smart Hamada here in May. He again went down all guns blazing at Haydock last time and earns the vote. With stamina concerns surrounding Teodoro, Irish raiders Sea The Lion and Stratum are feared most. Blakeney Point and last year's winner Nakeeta merit respect, too.
Timeform Ebor Handicap 1-2-3-4
1. Crowned Eagle
2. Sea The Lion
4. Blakeney Point