Ebor Festival Day Four: Farraaj to step up to the plate

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The final day of York’s Ebor Festival may be upon us, but we are not despondent, rather we are enthused at the ample opportunity to bag a winner or two.

The Ebor Handicap is on our radar, but is not the only chance we like the look of on the Knavesmire today.

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Let’s see if we can finish the meeting in style…

NAP – Farraaj – 14:05 Strensall Stakes

Roger Varian’s colt looked every bit a Group race performer when running out a nice winner over York’s 10f course back in July.

He gets his chance to land some black type here, and although he faces some in-form types, is fancied to continue on the upgrade.

With his ability to dominate from the front, he could make the 8½f contest a real test for those that have any doubts hanging over their stamina.

Jockey Andrea Atzeni already has two wins this week at the Festival, so is clearly in good nick and could be in with a shot of making it a trio of Pattern race successes at York for the week.

NB – Jungle Cat – 15:15 Gimcrack Stakes

Mark Johnston’s juvenile has some pretty solid form to his name without getting his head in front this year and is taken to upset the apple cart with the two at the head of the market.

A second placed finish behind Ivawood in the July Stakes was followed up with a third behind the same horse in the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. That all coming after finishing with 1½l of The Wow Signal in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

And with the form of Baitha Alga’s Norfolk Stakes victory at the same meeting not working out particularly well, we are taking him on with the son of Iffraaj.

Lively Longshot – Ted Veale – 15:40 Ebor Handicap

Now we couldn’t go this week without having a crack at the big one.

Tony Martin’s Ted Veale has only had five runs on the flat so far in his career, being more known for his exploits over the timber.

But that quintet of performances, with form figures of 41112, provide plenty of encouragement, especially when that fourth was in this race last year.

Connor Coady takes off 7lbs in the saddle, which means the seven-year-old will actually be going off 6lbs lower than last year.

A win at the Galway Festival proves that he is well within himself, and is worth an each-way chance at a nice price.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.