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Matt Chapman exclusive: Let’s hope this 7/1 shot turns our dreams to gold on day one of York’s Ebor meeting

The last of the big Summer festivals starts Wednesday on the Knavesmire.

by Matt Chapman | August 19, 2014

Wow! What a weekend for the Paddy Power blog with two big-priced winners in Seismos (11/1) and Out Do (7/1) and three others finishing second from five selections.

Some of your stories of doubles being landed were truly heartwarming and I was thrilled to help you pick up a few quid. Hope Paddy is in bits!

Of course you are only as good as your last winner, so we start all over again on Wednesday with the first day of York’s massive Ebor meeting – and I can’t see too many shocks.

We kick off with a sprint handicap – and boy is it going to be tough to find the winner! Robert Cowell’s GOLDREAM (1.55pm) did us a favour at the Shergar Cup at Ascot last time and I am hoping he can go in again.

There is plenty of pace where he is drawn and that is the perfect scenario for this one who will pounce late in a race where Paddy is giving money back as a free bet if your horse finishes second or third in his daily racing special.


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There is a reasonable field for the Group 3 Acomb Stakes and Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien sends over recent Galway Festival winner Jamaica. He could be anything after a fine success at Ballybrit. However, BASATEEN (2.30pm) has the look of one of the most exciting juveniles I have seen this campaign. Richard Hannon’s youngster won by eight lengths at Doncaster last time.

Good value …

The Great Voltigeur is at the mercy of Derby runner-up KINGSTON HILL (3.05pm) and I will be stunned if he is beaten. He chased home Australia at Epsom and was fourth behind Mukadhram in the Eclipse. Super jock Ryan Moore’s on top. I actually think he’s still good value on his form even though he’s a relatively short-priced favourite.

Finally it’s the big one with the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes. The pace is sure to be furious with Eclipse winner Mukhadram, Arod and pacemaker Kingfisher all liking to get on with things.

And now for the forecast …

I think that will set it up for dual Derby winner AUSTRALIA (3.40pm) to prove he is special against older horses. He’s odds on – and we don’t tip them here – (well, not often). So as far as a bet is concerned I am hoping for an AUSTRALIA/MUKHADRAM forecast.

I’ll be back for Thursday’s card when hopefully there will be a bit more value to knock Paddy about with. Yeeehaaa!

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