Through The Card: York, Friday August 25

It's the third day of York's Ebor Festival on Friday
It's the third day of York's Ebor Festival on Friday

Timeform take you through the card at York on day three of the Ebor Festival...

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13:55 - This looks typically competitive, but GAME STARTER (9) created a big impression when winning a handicap at Newmarket last time by four and a half lengths, and he looks the proverbial group horse in a handicap. A 10 lb rise for that success is more than fair, and with further improvement expected now stepping up in trip, he looks a worthy favourite. This will be different to anything he has faced before, though, and it could pay to keep ERIC THE RED (3) on side too. He had things go his way for the first time in a while at Doncaster earlier this month, and if using that win as a springboard, he should remain competitive in such races.

14:25 - Willie Mullins won this race with a very similar type in 2015 and seems to hold fantastic claims in this year's renewal with THOMAS HOBSON (9). He was very impressive when winning the Ascot Stakes at Royal Ascot and was only denied a notable double in the Queen Alexandra Stakes four days later due to his over-exuberance mid-race when the pace was at its slackest. Thomas Hobson looks more than ready for this step up in class, and with stamina guaranteed, he looks the way to go.

15:00 - A wide-open renewal, but SUEDOIS (10) is chanced to deservedly open his account for David O'Meara. He has run plenty of good races without winning, including when third in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood last time. That was a reproduction of his best form, so he arrives at the top of his game, and with David O'Meara back among the winners of late, he has plenty going for him.

15:35 - This looks a race to savour, a cracking renewal in which the two star three-year-olds LADY AURELIA (12) and Battaash are expected to dominate. They have both smashed through the top-class barrier in terms of Timeform ratings this season, and this speed-orientated track should suit them both. However, preference is for the US raider, who showed blistering speed once again when winning the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot last time, and her 3 lb fillies' allowance is expected to make the difference.

16:15 - This has a very competitive look to it, with plenty you can make a case for, but the two to side with against the field could be GABR (9) and CAPITAL FLIGHT (3). The former shaped with plenty of promise on debut at Newmarket last time, staying on well for just hands-and-heels riding, and Sir Michael Stoute's juveniles often come on a great deal for their initial experience. Capital Flight also caught the eye on debut at Goodwood, leaving the impression he would have made a race of it with the runner-up had he got a clear run. The winner of that race was heavily backed when disappointing at this meeting on Wednesday, but it still looks strong form, and Paul Cole's colt should take a big step forward now.

16:50 - LA RAV (8) 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 all-weather at Chelmsford last time and, with a strong pace likely to ensue, Luca Cumani's charge is just preferred. Medahim, City of Joy and Mojito's stablemate Battered are others to consider.

Placepot permutation:

13:55 - 3, 9
14:30 - 9
15:00 - 10
15:35 - 12
16:15 - 3, 9
16:50 - 8

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