Timeform UK SmartPlays: Friday August 19

There are three Group races on the third day of York's Ebor Festival
There are three Group races on the third day of York's Ebor Festival

Timeform pick out their three best bets for the third day of York's Ebor Festival.


"He produced a rare poor effort in this race last year, but doesn't have a Group 1 penalty to carry this time around and his Newbury third suggested that he still retains plenty of ability..."

Trip To Paris - York 14:30

Last year's Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris shaped well on his reappearance this season over an inadequate ten-furlong trip at Newbury in July after eight months off following an injury he sustained in the Japan Cup. He produced a rare poor effort in this race last year, but doesn't have a Group 1 penalty to carry this time around and his Newbury third suggested that he still retains plenty of ability. Indeed, his best form would leaves his rivals with 5 lb to find on Timeform ratings and Trip To Paris is expected to regain the winning thread with a defeat of the enigmatic Pallasator.


Nemoralia - York 15:05

This represents a drop in class for Nemoralia, who has contested Group 1 races on her last two starts. She was a little disappointing in the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly last time, running below her best in fourth, but her previous second in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot has worked out well, with the pair she split that day - Qemah and Alice Springs - both winning Group 1s on their next starts. She deserves to win at group level based on the form she has shown so far this season and - a six-length winner of a listed race here in May - Nemoralia is fancied to prove too classy for So Beloved.


Easton Angel - York 15:40

Easton Angel wasn't seen to best effect when fourth in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood last time, enduring a troubled passage as the field entered the final two furlongs and finishing well enough once in the clear to suggest she would have gone close with a better run through the race. She had previously produced a very smart level of form to finish second in listed race over this C&D and, although stablemate Mecca's Angel is an obvious danger as she bids to repeat her heroics of 12 months ago, Easton Angel is taken to gain the group victory her consistency this year deserves.


Timeform UK SmartPlays:
(All from York)

Back Trip To Paris in the 14:30
Back Nemoralia in the 15:05
Back Easton Angel in the 15:40

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