Through The Card: York, Thursday August 24

It's the second day of York's Ebor Festival on Thursday
It's the second day of York's Ebor Festival on Thursday

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


13:55 - As often is the case, this valuable sales race has been well supported, but the one who stands out is HEY JONESY (3). Kevin Ryan won this race in 2011 and 2012 and Hey Jonesy already has a C&D win to his name, which often counts for plenty at York. The form of that win is working out well with both the second and third winning their next starts, and the manner in which Hey Jonesy pulled clear of those two rivals marks him down as a potentially smart juvenile. He makes plenty of appeal with his high draw not too much of a concern given the result of yesterday's nursery run over this trip.

14:25 - The ones to the fore of the market set the standard on form, and in the case of Madeline, she should have more to offer too. On the face of it, she looks fairly priced, but one who makes more appeal is SPECIAL PURPOSE (8), who has caught the eye on both her starts to date and looks ready for the step up into pattern company. Indeed, she will have to improve on what she has achieved so far to make a successful transition, but she remains with plenty of scope for improvement, and it's encouraging William Haggas has targeted her at this given his record in the race.

15:00 - A typically wide-open renewal of this handicap, with plenty who make appeal and are of interest. CHELSEA LAD (10) hasn't really had the rub of the green this season for whatever reason, but he is well regarded by connections, and has the ability to win a race of this nature off his current mark. His run at Windsor last time can be forgiven as he wasn't suited by the muddling gallop, and the return to this more galloping track and likely strong pace will suit him down to the ground. He was denied only by the subsequent winner of the Sussex Stakes over this C&D in May, form which looks very strong now, and he is fancied to go close with Andrea Atzeni a good booking. A more speculative choice is BRAVERY (8), who has been below form since winning the Lincoln at the start of the season. David O'meara has been struggling for form in the past couple of months, but his horses have been in much better form more recently, and Bravery has now slipped 1 lb below his Lincoln winning mark. He took a step back in the right direction at Goodwood last time and could out-run his odds in a race O'Meara has a fair record in.

15:35 - ENABLE (6) has proven herself the standout middle-distance performer of her generation this season, doing the Oaks double and putting up a top-class performance beating her elders in the King George at Ascot last time. Some will look back to 2014 when John Gosden's last King George-winning filly Taghrooda got turned over in this race at 5/1-on, but Enable has kept on improving with every race and with the prospect of more to come, she isn't opposable.

16:15 - Another short-priced favourite, who is perhaps not as bombproof as Enable is MORI (4), also owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah. She met with defeat in the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot last time, but she continued her run-to-run progression and lost little in defeat, doing nothing at all wrong. She endured a hard race there, but has been given plenty of time to recover, and this likable type is taken to quickly resume winning ways dropped back into listed company.

16:50 - The improvement WHISPERED KISS (9) has shown this season has been remarkable, recording her fifth win of the season at Yarmouth earlier this month in some style. She is now 34 lb higher in the handicap than when her winning run started back in April, but she continues to thrive off racing, and it would be folly to think she has reached her limit. This is a much stronger handicap than she won last time, but it's hard to argue with the style in which she did it, and she looks well worth her place here.


HEY JONESY (3) in the 13:55 at York

Placepot permutation:

13:55 - 3
14:30 - 8
15:00 - 8, 10
15:35 - 6
16:15 - 4
16:50 - 9

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