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Sweet William is 4lbs well in for the Ebor Handicap as the favourite faces a maximum of 21 rivals in Saturday’s big race on the final day of the Ebor Festival at York.
Victory in the Summer Handicap at Glorious Goodwood made it three wins in a row for the John & Thady Gosden-trained gelding but he only has to carry a penalty instead of the full 8lbs rise in the weights that success incurred.
Leading Jumps trainer Willie Mullins has saddled the winner of the Ebor Handicap on one previous occasion and he boasts a leading contender for the 15:35 Heritage Handicap in the form of Absurde, who was second behind the ultra-impressive Vauban in the Copper Horse at Royal Ascot.
Godolphin-owned gelding Live Your Dream heads the weights, while Scriptwriter, who was narrowly denied in the Group 3 Silver Cup, can also be found towards the top of the list.
At the opposite end of the weights, the penalty encountered for Scampi’s win in the Shergar Cup sees the five-year-old make the cut and in contention among the market principals.
The latest Ebor Handicap odds are on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise Timeform’s guide to the runners as well as betting tips from the racing boffins can be found below.
Ebor Handicap tips
Timeform: The 1¾m handicap at Glorious Goodwood could be the key piece of form here, with the very progressive SWEET WILLIAM taken to confirm his superiority over Adjuvant despite 4 lb worse terms. Jackfinbar, the better drawn of the Willie Mullins pair, and the very consistent HMS President complete the shortlist.
Ebor Handicap runners and riders
Live Your Dream
Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Jockey: Oisin Murphy Age: 6 Weight: 9st 12lbs Draw: 15
Shaped well in the Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot before winning a 1¾m Heritage handicap at the Newmarket July meeting. Further 5 lb rise for that demands a really smart performance.
Trainer: Ian Williams Jockey: Christian Howarth Age: 6 Weight: 9st 12lbs Draw: 4
Smart gelding who was better than ever in the Middle East at the start of the year but well beaten in 3 starts back in Britain this summer. Arrives with something to prove.
Trainer: Milton Harris Jockey: Clifford Lee Age: 4 Weight: 9st 9lbs Draw: 20
Useful on the Flat and over hurdles. Made an encouraging return to the level when seventh in Copper Horse at Ascot and built on that when narrowly denied by Hamish in a C&D Group 3 6 weeks ago. Capable of going well.
Trainer: George Baker Jockey: Hollie Doyle Age: 6 Weight: 9st 9lbs Draw: 10
Three-time winner last season who produced a career best with his reappearance under his belt when winning 9-runner handicap at Kempton (1½m) in May. Advanced his form again when a cracking third (Absurde narrowly ahead in second) in Copper Horse at Royal Ascot (1¾m, good).
Trainer: Brian Ellison Jockey: Ben Robinson Age: 5 Weight: 9st 9lbs Draw: 7
Winless since 2021 but he’s posted some solid efforts this year, including third to Hamish (Scriptwriter ½ length ahead in second) in C&D Group 3 last month. Probably worth forgiving his run in the Goodwood Cup since but his record marks him down as a more of a place than win contender.
Trainer: Mrs J. Harrington Jockey: Shane Foley Age: 4 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 18
Smart gelding. Won on reappearance at Leopardstown (1¾m) in May but not in the same form when 14 lengths sixth of 9 to Emily Dickinson in Curragh Cup since. Will need a clear career best from his mark.
Trainer: Roger Teal Jockey: Frederick Larson Age: 7 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 19
Placed in Group 3 company in spring 2021. Shaped as if retaining plenty of ability when third in 2m Sandown listed race on last month’s return from an absence but well held in Goodwood Cup since. Others are more obvious. First-time visor replaces blinkers.
Trainer: A. Slattery Jockey: Oisin James Orr Age: 6 Weight: 9st 7lbs Draw: 16
Won as a 2-y-o in 2019 but has drawn blank since. Has produced some useful performances in defeat this year but surprise were a second success to arrive in this ultra-competitive environment. Visored first time.
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 5 Weight: 9st 7lbs Draw: 24
Smart on Flat in France. Made winning hurdle debut for new yard at Killarney in May and best of the rest behind impressive stablemate Vauban in Copper Horse at Royal Ascot (1¾m, good) the following month. Bit disappointing over hurdles at Galway but can do better back on the level. Draw not ideal.
Trainer: W. P. Mullins Jockey: William Buick Age: 8 Weight: 9st 6lbs Draw: 2
Smart at his best for Harry Dunlop and has made a positive start for his excellent new stable, third in a Roscommon listed event before fourth of 17 in a very competitive 1½m Galway handicap. One of 2 solid contenders for his yard.
Trainer: David O’Meara Jockey: Daniel Tudhope Age: 7 Weight: 9st 4lbs Draw: 23
Had excellent 2022, with wins in Copper Horse at Royal Ascot and Old Newton Cup at Haydock. Placed twice in the Middle East in February. Has struggled for form in Britain since but he’s back on a good mark and this might have been the target all along. No shock were he to bounce back with a bang.
Trainer: Alan King Jockey: Rossa Ryan Age: 6 Weight: 9st 4lbs Draw: 17
In cracking form for his new yard, winning a 16-runner Newmarket handicap over this trip on soft ground in May. Even better form when going down by only a neck in the Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot (1½m, good to firm) since. Another to consider.
Trainer: Sir Michael Stoute Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 4 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 22
Lightly raced 4-y-o who was third in a big field over 1½m at the Dante meeting here in May and impressed stepping up to 1¾m for the first time at Ascot last month, winning by 4¼ lengths. Definitely more to come and player if a wide draw isn’t too big an inconvenience.
Trainer: David Menuisier Jockey: Kyle Strydom Age: 4 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 13
Rapid improver in handicaps last year, winning 5 in a row before an excellent second in the Melrose over C&D. This season started with a pair of good runner-up efforts at Epsom but her 2 efforts since have been underwhelming.
Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Robert Havlin Age: 4 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 3
Runner-up on first 3 starts but hasn’t looked back since the blinkers have gone on, winning a valuable 2m handicap at Newbury in July and making light of a 9 lb rise for that at Glorious Goodwood (1¾m, heavy; beat Adjuvant). Surely even more to come and leading claims under a 4 lb penalty.
Trainer: Ms Sheila Lavery Jockey: NR Age: 5 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: NR
Trainer: Jim Goldie Jockey: Paul Mulrennan Age: 10 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 21
Several big wins in his long career and still capable of very useful form aged 10, finishing a creditable 4½ lengths third of 11 to Sweet William (Adjuvant second) at Glorious Goodwood 3 weeks ago.
Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Jason Hart Age: 5 Weight: 8st 13lbs Draw: 11
Had the reopposing Real Dream back in third when winning a big-field race at the Dante meeting here (1½m) in May and back on the up with an Ascot win (1½m again) a fortnight ago. 4 lb penalty for that. Unproven over this trip.
Trainer: Jim Goldie Jockey: Tadhg O’Shea Age: 5 Weight: 8st 12lbs Draw: 6
Won 5 handicaps at Hamilton and a listed race at Abu Dhabi in 2022 but has found life a lot tougher this season and she’s unlikely to find things any easier here.
Trainer: Charles Hills Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 5 Weight: 8st 12lbs Draw: 5
Useful sort who was better than ever when scoring on AW at Kempton (1½m) in July but hardly looks an obvious winner of this having finished down the field at Sandown last weekend. First-time cheekpieces replace his regular blinkers.
Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: Callum Hutchinson Age: 6 Weight: 8st 12lbs Draw: 8
Latest win at Southwell (2m) in January. Has remained in form since, finishing fourth to Live Your Dream in 1¾m handicap at Newmarket’s July meeting and second on Shergar Cup day at Ascot (2m) a fortnight ago. Cheekpieces worn on all starts this season are now swapped for a first-time visor
Trainer: Michael Bell Jockey: Kevin Stott Age: 4 Weight: 8st 12lbs Draw: 9
Won at Newmarket (1¾m, good) in May. Just stretched by 2m when fifth in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle next time and back on the up returned to 1¾m when 2¾ lengths second of 11 to Sweet William at Glorious Goodwood. Respected.
Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: Adam Farragher (Reserve) Age: 4 Weight: 8st 12lbs Draw: 1
Firmly back on track equipped with cheekpieces last autumn, including a win over C&D, but his 3 efforts this season have been disappointing. Headgear off now. Needs a return to this venue to spark a revival.
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