13:55 York Wed 22 August 2018

  • Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap (Class 2)
  • 5f 89y, Good to Firm (Good in places)
  • 19 Runners
  • Winner£43,575.002nd£13,048.003rd£6,524.004th£3,262.005th£1,631.006th£819.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:1m 2.12sOff time:14:00:08
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1
(7)
59-10OR: 105D
8/1

Won a Group 2 as a juvenile and rewarded connections' patience when bolting up at Ascot last time out. Likely there's more to come and a 5lb rise certainly looks fair given that he finished with plenty left.

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2
(18)
69-6OR: 101BFCD
12/1

Course winner over 5f earlier in the year and held his form well since without winning. Has won over this extra ½f but he's all speed and may prove vulnerable in the closing stages in similar fashion to his fourth on the stiff 5f at Ascot.

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3
(12)
79-5OR: 100D
8/1

Losing run starting to mount up now but he's run well at this course on several occasions without winning including twice this year and this jockey was on board for his last win. Versatile with regards to conditions and can't be ruled out.

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4
(19)
69-5OR: 100BFC
10/1

Course winner here back in 2015 but has only been seen twice since, winning at Newmarket last summer before returning with a below par effort here last month when favourite. Has a bit to prove at present and has never raced over a trip this short.

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5
(4)
69-4OR: 99CD
12/1

Hard to predict but ran one of his better races when runner-up to Tis Marvellous at Ascot last time. There's a suspicion he may struggle to reverse that form and his better efforts on turf have come with more cut in the ground than what's forecast.

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(1)
59-3OR: 98CD
12/1

Largely campaigned at Listed/Group level and while she hasn't won since her Listed success here last year, she ran a big race at Deauville last time when runner-up. Makes handicap debut but this draw probably not ideal for her.

7
(2)
99-3OR: 98CD
18/1

Won twice last year and got his head back in front at Ayr last month. Ran okay when third behind a couple of these at Ascot last time but while he's been dropped 1lb for that effort, others are likely to prove better handicapped.

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8
(11)
59-2OR: 97C
9/1

Impressive when holding on in game fashion in a Listed race here last year. Looks well-handicapped on that level of form but there's a concern all his best form is with cut in the ground and possible this trip could prove a bit sharp for him.

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9
(10)
59-2OR: 97BFCD
14/1

Gained back-to-back wins last year with the latter coming here over 5f. Just 2lb above that mark after a hit and miss campaign subsequently. At his best when allowed to make all.

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10
(17)
99-1OR: 96D
28/1

Gained a first win since 2014 at Doncaster at the start of the campaign and got another win under his belt at Pontefract last month. Two efforts since have been a little below par though and likely to prove vulnerable off this mark.

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11
(20)
49-1OR: 98D
50/1

Often highly tried. Took advantage of an easier task when beating handicap rivals at Chester in May but struggled in Listed class last time. Subsequent absence suggests he may have had an issue to run so poorly so not ruled out; yard in form.

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12
(14)
69-1OR: 96BFD
14/1

Rattled off a four-timer this summer that included a win in the Epsom Dash but there's a suspicion the handicapper has caught up with him now. Needs to improve for the step back up in trip.

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13
(13)
49-0OR: 97CD
33/1

Course winner here at the start of the campaign and ran well next time out at Windsor but form has tailed off since and only beaten one rival home in his last two starts combined. Needs first-time cheekpieces to work the oracle.

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14
(5)
58-12OR: 93BFCD
12/1

Impressive course winner when making all and winning by 4L over 5f in June. Has struggled badly off an 8lb higher mark since though and others preferred.

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15
(9)
88-11OR: 92D
16/1

Remarkably well-handicapped on old form and he was a Group 3 winner in his pomp but hasn't won since 2015 and it's been even longer since he won over a trip this short. Hard to fancy given his profile but can't rule out if first-time blinkers work.

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16
(16)
68-11OR: 92D
50/1

Career best effort at Ripon last month but has struggled twice since on AW. Tends to struggle up in this class of race and others preferred.

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17
(15)
58-10OR: 91CD
8/1

Rattled off a hat-trick last year that culminated in a win at this meeting last year. Hasn't won since but his run last time out suggested a return to form may be imminent and he's a player back down in trip below his last winning mark.

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18
(6)
88-9OR: 90CD
20/1

Losing run mounting up now and last win came in this race in 2016. That came off a much higher mark and he's been in fair form of late so he's hard to rule out; needs luck in running.

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19
(3)
78-7OR: 88BFCD
16/1

Has found some form of late, winning here over 5f before finishing third behind reopposing Harome here last time. Has struggled to win off this sort of handicap mark in the past though.

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20
(8)
Carlton Frankie4
58-7OR: 88
T: M W EasterbyJ: A Mullen

Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
8Desert Law98-1314/1Full Result
T: P T MidgleyJ: L Morris

Betting

Forecast

Final Venture (8/1), Holmeswood (8/1), Tis Marvellous (8/1), Tommy Taylor (9/1), Culturati (10/1), El Astronaute (12/1), Fashion Queen (12/1), Gracious John (12/1), Harome (12/1), Copper Knight (14/1), Tanasoq (14/1), Eastern Impact (16/1), Fendale (16/1), Line Of Reason (18/1), Boom The Groom (20/1), Carlton Frankie (20/1), Watchable (28/1), Koditime (33/1), Spoof (50/1), Midnight Malibu (50/1)

Verdict

A typically competitive opener to the Ebor meeting and it's hard to split many of them on form but trainer Paul Midgley won this last year and FINAL VENTURE looks like having the best chance of his trio this time around with Oisin Murphy back on board. Holmeswood is well-handicapped on his form from last summer while Tis Marvellous was impressive last time and has claims if building on that.
  1. Final Venture
  2. Holmeswood
  3. Tis Marvellous

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