The York Ebor Festival draws to a close on Saturday, with the large-field Ebor Handicap featuring on the final day of the four-day meeting on the Knavesmire.
William Haggas’ HAMISH (8/1) is arguably the one to beat in this contest as the five-year-old carries some interesting C&D form.
The gelding has won both his starts over 1m6f on the Knavesmire, but he is now 10lbs higher than his last success in Yorkshire.
He is versatile in regards to the ground and he could be a tough nut to crack in this contest.
Haggas has declared three more runners in the race alongside Hamish, with dual course winner ILARAAB (12/1), Grand Cup victor ROBERTO ESCOBARR (16/1) and Group 3 winner PABLO ESCOBARR (25/1) all targeting success.
Johnny Murtagh has a double threat of his own in the 1m6f Handicap, in the form of Martin Molony Stakes winner SONNYBOYLISTON (9/1) and consistent handicapper MIRANN (14/1).
Willie Mullins targets the flat once again, with MT LEINSTER (12/1) aiming to land a first career hat-trick, while Roger Varian’s FUJAIRA PRINCE (14/1) returns to attempt back-to-back victories in the contest.
In-form trainer Andrew Balding holds a pair of runners in the handicap, with TRIBAL CRAFT (12/1) dropping out of Group company and ALOUNAK (20/1) hoping to build on his Old Newton Cup success for the Berkshire trainer.
AWAY HE GOES (16/1) ran a cracker in the Goodwood Cup for Ismail Mohammed, while John & Thady Gosden’s HUMANITARIAN (16/1) is given a tough assignment on his seasonal reappearance.
Dual code runner SHANROE (16/1) makes his second start of the summer on the flat for Karl Thornton, and Charlie Appleby’s GLOBAL STORM (18/1) has been fairly consistent since returning from the Middle East.
ON TO VICTORY (25/1) will be hoping for rain overnight for Alan King, while Hughie Morrison’s QUICKTHORN (25/1) returns to handicap company after a disappointing run in the Silver Cup last month.
David O’Meara sends two runners for the contest at York, with EAGLES BY DAY (33/1) and MAKAWEE (40/1) both aiming to bounce back to winning ways.
David Menuisier’s BLUE CUP (33/1), Jim Goldie’s EUCHEN GLEN (33/1) Ralph Beckett’s MAX VEGA (40/1) and Jamie Osborne’s MEKONG (50/1) complete the 22-runner field.
Saeed bin Suroor’s LIVE YOUR DREAM (7/1) and Keith Dalgleish’s SEXTANT (66/1) are currently first and second reserve for the contest.