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Matt Chapman exclusive: Yar not going to want to miss my Ebor fancy at York

It's a Super Saturday of racing for punters - but let's hope it's a miserable one for Paddy. Yeeehaaa!

by Matt Chapman | August 22, 2014

Paddy’s a happy man after Sole Power’s win on Friday – but so are we and we’re going to try and wipe the smile off his face. You hear me Paddy?

Let’s get straight in to the feature and Sir Mark Prescott’s Pallasator is a worthy favourite for the Ebor Handicap – but you’d think I was having a laugh if I tipped him at that price.

The one I like is MIGHTY YAR (3.50pm) who is a lightly raced four-year-old and is held in huge regard at Warren Place by Lady Cecil. He was a fine second to Kings Fete at York last time and can improve again now that he’s stepped up in trip. Frankie Dettori is a good booking and the stall eight draw is fine.

The race that precedes it is the Gimcrack Stakes. Despite carrying a penalty BAITHA ALGA (3.15pm) for the Richard Hannon stable looks the likely winner to me.

He won the Group Two Norfolk Stakes over five furlongs but is also proven at six furlongs.


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The progressive runner in the 1m 6f Melrose Stakes Handicap is BATTERSEA (2.40pm) for trainer Roger Varian and Graham Lee. Every run over shorter distances has suggested Battersea would improve stepped up to this trip. I think he will take all the beating despite a horrible draw in stall 18.

Hopefully Paddy will give us better odds because of that? You hear me Paddy?

Celebrate good times …

Over at Goodwood it’s Celebration Mile day and I love Roger Charlton’s CAPTAIN CAT (3.30pm) who is improving with every race and romped home at Salisbury.

Charlton has Al Kazeem in the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes on Saturday night.

I’ll be there and I think he can get back to winning ways after his career at stud didn’t go as planned. I’ll be having a few quid on Clive Cox’s DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY (7.45pm) who caught my eye at Salisbury last time.

So let’s hope for a great Ebor and some more Saturday winners. Yeeehaaa!

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