There is a major Saturday of racing ahead with no less than eight meetings across Britain and Ireland and a host of venues boasting Group-race action.
The Ebor at York is the main attraction, with further Flat cards from Goodwood, Newmarket, Redcar, Windsor and the Curragh joining the jumps meetings at Cartmel and Killarney on the final Bank Holiday weekend of the summer.
Our selections include an Irish raider bidding to export the £300,000 top prize in the Ebor at York
Yashin – York 3.35
The Ebor is a fierce puzzle, as always, but punters can at least take some respite with the knowledge the big event at York is a Betfred Extra Place Race, with SIX places to take aim at.
Favourite Sweet William has strong claims as the Gosdens looks to continue their excellent recent record, while it would be no shock to find the Willie Mullins pair of Absurde (Frankie Dettori) and Jackfinbar (William Buick) in the mix.
At a bigger price another Irish raider makes sound appeal, the Jessica Harrington-trained YASHIN (12/1) in the hands of Shane Foley.
The Churchill gelding won a Group 3 at Leopardstown over this trip on his comeback in May and his only run since saw him struggle on soft going at the Curragh in a Group 2 last month.
This surface will be more to his liking and his trainer has stated he is a better horse going left-handed, so that is another positive. He remains unexposed at this trip and his connections have talked about him being a Melbourne Cup horse later in the year.
As such, he could be up to running well off this mark of 105 and he’s on the Most Napped table via the Betfred Betfinder for today’s action. He should give punters a run for their money with those SIX places to aim at.
Epictetus – Goodwood 2.40
Group 2 fare from Goodwood this afternoon arrives via the Celebration Mile Stakes and it offers the first opportunity for EPICTETUS (9/4) to build on last month’s C&D success at the Glorious meeting.
The Kingman colt took the notable scalp of Nostrum in the Group 3 Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes that afternoon, doing so with a degree of comfort inside the final furlong.
There’s an argument the odds-on favourite might not have been favoured on the prevailing soft ground, but the winner was good and produced a career-best as he dropped back to this mile trip for the first time since he was second to dual Derby winner Auguste Rodin at Doncaster last season in a Group 1 juvenile event.
Epictetus has won on good to firm ground as well, so the slightly quicker surface here won’t bother him and he may well have more to offer at this distance now.
Grey Fox – Windsor 7.20
There’s quality wherever we look on Saturday and that includes the evening card at Windsor, where they boast the Group 3 Weatherbys Global Stallions Winter Hill Stakes as the centrepiece.
Following that, look out for Emma Lavelle’s GREY FOX (9/2) in the Sky Sports Racing Hd Virgin 519 Handicap over a mile.
He’s a four-time course winner, with three over C&D and, while this year hasn’t perhaps lived up to expectations, his close third at Sandown (1m, good to soft) this month was a hint that he is soon going to take advantage of a reduced rating.
He’s 3lb below his previous benchmark now and while in-form One Step Beyond for Gary Moore has leading claims, the Windsor record of Grey Fox makes him an appealing alternative