Racing on Wednesday 23 August in the UK and Ireland takes place at Bath, Carlisle, Kempton (AW), Leicester, Sligo and York and it is day one of the Ebor Festival at the latter, the first of four days of top-quality action on the Knavesmire.

One of our fancies comes in the G3 Acomb Stakes at York, where an Adrian Keatley-trained colt can show his class by winning the 7f contest which would mark his first success at Group level.

Wednesday Racing Tips

  • 1.50 York – Jm Jungle @ 9/1
  • 2.25 York – Ballymount Boy @ 2/1
  • 4.20 Carlisle – Quest For Fun @ 11/4

1.50 York – Jm Jungle @ 9/1

Hat-trick-seeking Jm Jungle comes into this heritage handicap contest on the back of victories at Haydock and Goodwood respectively. Both of those wins came over the minimum trip where he showed an impressive turn of foot.

John Quinn’s gelding is now up to a career-high mark of 91, but he may not have stopped improving just yet. He ran very well at this course earlier in the campaign when he was second of 17 runners in a 5f contest.

The three-year-old sprinter features on the Betfred Betfinder as one of the Most Napped selections today. It could be the start of what can be a great week for the Quinn team.

2.25 York – Ballymount Boy @ 2/1

Ballymount Boy was denied by a neck on his debut at Newcastle (6f) earlier in the campaign, but he did not have to wait long for his opening success, as he got off the mark at Hamilton (6f) on his very next run.

The son of Camacho then stepped up in class at Glorious Goodwood to feature in the Group Two Richmond Stakes.

He ran a huge race at the Sussex venue, coming home in second place behind the talented Vandeek. Adrian Keatley’s runner was five lengths clear of the third-placed horse in that race.

With an official rating of 105 already, the Goodwood runner-up sets a strong standard here. If he repeats or steps up on that performance, he will be difficult to beat in this Group Three Acomb Stakes.

4.20 Carlisle – Quest For Fun @ 11/4

Quest For Fun picked up his first success of the season when he scored at York (7f) on his penultimate outing. He stayed on strongly to beat 16 other rivals in that race, taking advantage of his mark of 77.

Tim Easterby’s runner was raised 6lb for his York triumph and he went close to defying that rise in the ratings on his latest appearance as he was a close fourth at Chepstow (7f). In what was a bunch finish at the Welsh racecourse, he was unlucky not to be in the frame.

The five-year-old has been eased 1lb by the handicapper and this is a much smaller field for him to contest.

The gelding is at the top of his game and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be challenging for the top prize once again here.

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