Timeform UK SmartPlays: Saturday August 22

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

It's Ebor day at York and Timeform have picked out their three best bets on the card...


"He had excuses when a close third at Goodwood since, and is not fully exposed, so he is preferred to 3-y-o Fields of Athenry..."

York 14:35 - Hernandoshideaway

It's easy to be positive about the majority, but Hernandoshideaway has progressed in each of his 4 starts, and in-keeping with his stout pedigree by Flat standards, ought to relish this step up in trip, so the case for him is pretty compelling. The Cumani-pair King Bolete and Al will also be well served by this increased emphasis on stamina, and head the list of dangers.


York 15:45 - Astronereus

Astronereus beat Quest For More and Arab Dawn at Newmarket in May, and showed he goes well at this track when winning a C&D handicap last month. He had excuses when a close third at Goodwood since, and is not fully exposed, so he is preferred to 3-y-o Fields of Athenry, who commands respect as the sole entry from Ballydoyle. Ajman Bridge and Quick Jack make up the shortlist.


York 16:55 - Earth Drummer

This trip could prove ideal for Earth Drummer, who went down all guns blazing over a mile at Ascot's Shergar Cup meeting. David O'Meara's charge was returning from a break on that occasion and, likely to be sharper now, he could be the answer to this red-hot handicap. Munaaser, Roseburg and Elhaame are live dangers, while Pacify is also of interest and Sikandar shouldn't be underestimated either.


Timeform UK SmartPlays: (All at York)

Back Hernandoshideaway in the 14:35
Back Astronereus in the 15:45
Back Earth Drummer in the 16:55



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