Timeform Shortlist: York, Friday August 25

There is high-class Flat racing from York on Friday
There is high-class Flat racing from York on Friday

Timeform's free Shortlist on Friday comes from day three of the 2017 Ebor Festival at York.

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1.55 Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap (2) 1m3f188y

Timeform Top Rated:
120p 9. GAME STARTER Saeed bin Suroor Pat Cosgrave
119 10. AL NEKSH William Haggas Frankie Dettori
119 4. FIDAAWY Sir Michael Stoute Jim Crowley

Analyst's Verdict:
Saeed bin Suroor sent out the winner of this in 2015 and saddles two strong candidates in Game Starter and Red Galileo this time round. The latter was arguably unlucky not to finish even closer when runner-up at Ascot last time and is appealing off just 1 lb higher, but Game Starter has the look of a colt going places and he is preferred. Al Neksh, Appeared and Fidaawy are all in with a shout.

2.25 Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup Stakes (Group 2) (1) 2m56y

Timeform Top Rated:
132 2. DAL HARRAILD William Haggas Pat Cosgrave
131 1. DARTMOUTH Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore
130 7. SHEIKHZAYEDROAD David Simcock Martin Harley

Analyst's Verdict:
On the face of it Thomas Hobson needs to improve, but his yard landed this with a similar type in 2015 and he could be equal to the task. The 7-y-o was a most impressive winner of the Ascot Stakes in June and may have more to offer in this sphere. Dal Harraild was behind Dartmouth at Royal Ascot, but is taken to reverse the placings and emerge as the main danger. St Michel also merits respect.

3.00 Sky Bet City of York Stakes (Group 3) (1) 7f

Timeform Top Rated:
133 10. SUEDOIS David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope
131 19. RUSUMAAT Mark Johnston Jim Crowley
131 6. JUNGLE CAT Charlie Appleby James Doyle

Analyst's Verdict:
There's much to admire about Rusumaat, who looks progressive as well as tough and consistent judged on his latest victory in a strong Newbury handicap. This is a tougher assignment, but Mark Johnston's charge is expected to rise to the challenge. Suedois and So Beloved both performed with credit in Group 2 company last time, but the selection may have most to fear from Daban.

3.35 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Group 1) (1) 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
140 12. LADY AURELIA Wesley A. Ward Frankie Dettori
137+ 9. BATTAASH Charles Hills Jim Crowley
129 10. MARSHA Sir Mark Prescott Bt Luke Morris

Analyst's Verdict:
Battaash and Lady Aurelia could turn out to be sprinters for the ages and this clash between them will be something to savour. Opposing Lady Aurelia on the back of her stunning performance in the King's Stand is not a decision taken lightly, but Battaash was simply untouchable at Goodwood last time and he looks a champion sprinter in the making. Marsha is best of the rest.

4.15 British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes (2) 7f

Timeform Top Rated:
102p 3. CAPITAL FLIGHT Paul Cole Jamie Spencer
98p 6. DOSWELL John Gosden Frankie Dettori
93p 9. GABR Sir Michael Stoute Jim Crowley

Analyst's Verdict:
Even by this maiden's traditionally high standards, this has the look of a strong renewal. Capital Flight was an eye-catching third on debut at Goodwood where he didn't enjoy the rub of the green and he gets the nod. Doswell just failed on his introduction at Newmarket and rates a live danger, while Gabr and Nicklaus also merit respect and Sam Gold is a likely-looking newcomer.

4.50 Nationwide Accident Repair Services Handicap (2) 7f192y

Timeform Top Rated:
120p 7. MOJITO William Haggas Jim Crowley
119 9. CITY OF JOY Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore
118 10. HORROOB Roger Varian Jack Mitchell

Analyst's Verdict:
La Rav and Mojito are both progressive colts and are expected to come to the fore in this competitive handicap. The latter is accorded a great deal of respect as he bids for the hat-trick, but things didn't go La Rav's way on the AW last time and, with a strong pace likely to ensue, Luca Cumani's charge is preferred. Medahim, City of Joy and Mojito's stablemate Battered are others to consider.

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