Through The Card: York, Saturday August 20

The final day of the Ebor Festival takes place at York on Saturday
The final day of the Ebor Festival takes place at York on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card at York on Saturday, picking out a suggested Placepot perm as well as a recommended bet.


"The way he forged clear in the closing stages that day suggested he is well worth his place in pattern company..."

13:45 - STIPULATE (2) and SCARLET DRAGON (16) get the vote in the Placepot opener. Stipulate shaped well (after a reported wind operation) when fourth at Galway in July and was better than the result when three and a quarter lengths ninth to Dream Walker there last time, while Scarlet Dragon failed in his hat-trick bid, but was still a good three-quarter-length fourth to You're Hired at Goodwood last time. Dark Red has been given a break since running below form at Epson in June and, given his previously progressive profile, is respected.

14:15 - A strong pace looks likely thanks to the presence of Scottish, Countermeasure and Custom Cut, which should suit DIPLOMA (10), who rates a banker. Sir Michael Stoute's well-made filly won a handicap here in May and resumed her progress when winning a listed race back on the Knavesmire last month by three and a quarter lengths. She remains with potential and should prove extremely difficult to beat if building on the promise of that latest outing.

14:50 - EMPEROR NAPOLEON (7) is preferred following his excellent one and a half lengths fifth to Dal Harraild back in trip at Goodwood last time, when he travelled for a long way. He's already proven himself over a testing 13f and the return to an even greater test of stamina here is expected to suit. SHRAAOH (3) was ahead of Emperor Napoleon at Goodwood and makes up the second selection. He has a tough draw to contend with here, but remains open to more improvement and is preferred to Tim Easterby's Icefall in this third leg of the Placepot.

15:25 - MUBTASIM (9) looked a potentially smart two-year-old when making a successful racecourse debut at Yarmouth in June and consolidated that view with a smooth success at Haydock last time. The way he forged clear in the closing stages that day suggested he is well worth his place in pattern company and, although Blue Point sets a fairly high standard on Timeform ratings, Mubtasim is arguably open to more improvement and can give trainer William Haggas another win in this race.

16:00 - TOP TUG (19) won at Lingfield (by three-quarters of a length from Sagaciously) in April and was at least as good as ever when a length third to Yorkidding here last time. He is trained by Alan King, who has a habit of winning these big staying races. HEARTBRAK CITY's (12) easy reappearance success on bottomless ground looks all the more significant and, despite a poor showing in the Chester Cup, he's taken to get back on the up in what could be ideal conditions here given the weather forecast. Oceanographer, Vent de Force, Quick Jack and Tawdeea are all respected.

16:35 - FINAL RECKONING (3) improved again to take advantage of what looked an admittedly lenient mark on his most recent outing at Goodwood. He was all out to hold the challenge of Rusumaat on that occasion, but that rival did the form no harm when second in the big sales race here on Thursday and - with doubts about Sutter County's fitness given his long layoff - Final Reckoning rates the most solid selection in this concluding leg of the Placepot.

17:05 - LAUGHTON (12) seemingly benefited from getting back in a big field when successful at Goodwood last time, delivering a strong challenge in the final furlong and appearing to have more in hand than the official winning margin would suggest. He has a 4 lb rise in the weights to contend with here, but has been thriving all season and should give another good account.

Recommendations:

Back DIPLOMA in the 14:15 at York
Back MUBTASIM in the 15:25 at York

13:45 - 2, 16
14:15 - 10
14:50 - 3, 7
15:25 - 9
16:00 - 12, 19
16:35 - 3

Placepot permutation:
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