Timeform Shortlist: York, Saturday 25 August

The Ebor Handicap is the feature race at York on Saturday
The Ebor Handicap is the feature race at York on Saturday

Timeform's free shortlist comes from York on Saturday...

"He again went down all guns blazing at Haydock last time and earns the vote..."

Timeform on Crowned Eagle

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1.50 Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3) (1) 1m177y

Timeform Top Rated:
132 2. LORD GLITTERS David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope
130 4. MUSTASHRY Sir Michael Stoute Jim Crowley
125 8. ZAAKI Sir Michael Stoute Frankie Dettori

Analyst's Verdict:
Lord Glitters has taken his form up a notch this term and ran another cracker when third in Sussex Stakes last time. He looks the one to beat in the opener. Last year's victor Mustashry is much respected and should be spot on after his successful Sandown reappearence last month, whilst Seniority has already scored 3 times this season and has to enter calculations on his return to pattern company.


2.25 Sky Bet Melrose (Heritage Handicap) (2) 1m5f188y

Timeform Top Rated:
118p 11. SUPERNOVA David Simcock Jamie Spencer
117 2. MAKING MIRACLES Mark Johnston Silvestre De Sousa
116 12. SERGIO LEONE Richard Hannon Ben Curtis

Analyst's Verdict:
Supernova still doesn't look the finished article, for all he is maturing quickly, and with this step up in trip likely to bring about further improvement, he may be up to completing the hat-trick. Making Miracles, Corgi and Berkshire Blue are a trio of others to consider in this valuable handicap.


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

Timeform Top Rated:
131 7. EXPERT EYE Sir Michael Stoute Frankie Dettori
130 5. SUEDOIS David O'Meara Daniel Tudhope
128 1. ABOVE THE REST David Barron Ben Curtis

Analyst's Verdict:
Expert Eye confirmed the form shown in the Jersey with an excellent second in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood at the beginning of this month, and he looks the one to beat back at this level. Suedois has hit top form again so commands plenty of respect, while Donjuan Triumphant shouldn't be ignored after running a big race in the Lennox Stakes.


3.40 Sky Bet Ebor (Heritage Handicap) (2) 1m5f188y

Timeform Top Rated:
125 12. TEODORO Tom Dascombe Richard Kingscote
123 14. SEA THE LION Jarlath P. Fahey R. P. Whelan
123 18. FUN MAC Hughie Morrison David Probert

Analyst's 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.


4.15 Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed) (1) 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
116 6. SABRE Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan
113 1. VINTAGE BRUT Tim Easterby David Allan
113 2. WELL DONE FOX Richard Hannon Jim Crowley

Analyst's Verdict:
An open renewal of this listed prize. Sabre has been knocking on the door at this level and gets a narrow vote in receipt of weight from previous listed scorers Vintage Brut and Well Done Fox. I Believe In You looks capable of making his mark in this company, while Chapelli is another unlikely to be too far away.


4.50 Sky Bet Handicap (2) 1¼m56y

Timeform Top Rated:
118 5. PIVOINE Andrew Balding Jason Watson (3)
117 3. GULF OF POETS Michael Easterby Harrison Shaw (5)
117 6. ANOTHER TOUCH Richard Fahey Tony Hamilton

Analyst's Verdict:
It's fair to say that things didn't go Pivoine's way in the Glorious Goodwood handicap won by Alfarris and, now 6 lb better off with that rival, Andrew Balding's charge may well emerge on top granted a trouble-free passage this time. Alfarris is clearly going the right way and should give another good account, while Banditry will be a danger to all if on song,


5.20 Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap (2) 5f

Timeform Top Rated:
121 6. ROUNDHAY PARK Nigel Tinkler Lewis Edmunds
120 2. MARNIE JAMES Iain Jardine Callum Rodriguez
120 5. LORD RIDDIFORD John Quinn Jason Watson

Analyst's Verdict:
A seriously competitive sprint to bring the meeting to a close. The thriving Roundhay Park gets a narrow vote but a strong case can be made for many others, including recent Glorious Goodwood 1-2 Lord Riddiford and Marnie James. Kevin Ryan's Savalas already has a big handicap success to his name here this summer and is also on the shortlist.


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