York Lucky 15: An International each-way bet to nothing features
The Ebor Festival kicks off in fine style on Wednesday, with a plethora of top class racing in store, the Group 1 Juddmonte International and a class of Classic winning goliaths taking centre stage.
We’ve also got a treat in the fact that four of the races will be shown live on Channel 4, meaning Free Bets can be racked up in midweek as well as at the weekend (find all the T&Cs here).
That’s not all a quartet of live races ensures.
It also means we can have a little Lucky 15 to try and boost those coffers. An each-way bet-to-nothing is a phrase oft used in racing, and there’s a slight feel of that in our selections today…
The stats may point to Lucky Beggar going close (see here), but the formbook suggests that Dutch Masterpiece could run a massive race.
Having disappointed on his first couple of starts back after a break, the signs of a revival are beginning to take shape.
Beaten just a length in a Newmarket conditions before going down by a short head at Ascot last time out, when pulling hard early on, he looks to be returning to the form he showed as a three-year-old.
One of only a few 5f specialists at the head of the market, he can go well having been raised just 3lb in the weights.
Mark Johnston’s colt has the Group form in the book after being beaten into fourth into a decent looking Richmond Stakes.
Log Out Island who was 3½l behind him at Goodwood was second in a Listed contest in France last time out, so the form looks solid.
The selection was staying on at the end that day, so an extra furlong to navigate looks likely to bring out more improvement.
His maiden stakes win has thrown up a winner already and it’s not hard to see him making the necessary improvement.
This race looks as open as they come, and with seven of Aiden O’Brien’s 11 runners in the past decade making at least the places, it’s worth focusing on the master of Ballydoyle.
The selection has to reverse the form with Storm the Stars here, having finished one place behind William Haggas’ horse in both the Derby and the Irish Derby.
The falling rain could be his saviour, as his sole career victory came on soft ground at Leopardstown.
He’s a consistent type who always seems to give his true running, and whether or not he has enough to finish in front of his old rival, he should be able to be best of the rest.
This race is being billed as a match between Derby winner Golden Horn and 2,000 Guineas winner Gleneagles, and for good reason.
If the pair are on song, it could be a case for the rest battling it out for the third spot, and with the dead eight engaged, The Grey Gatsby looks wildly over-priced.
He was beaten 3½l by Golden Horn in the Coral-Eclipse but with 3lb swinging back his way, can get even closer.
Time Test is well fancied, and in truth could be anything, but with his Tercentenary Stakes form taking a number of knocks, there is no way he should be double the price of a proven Group 1 winner.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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