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York Ebor Festival: Day four live blog
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Threes Grand has won the QIPCO Future Stars Apprentice Stakes.
The three-year-old was ridden by apprentice Tim Clark and won decisively as the 5-1 joint favourite.
That's it for the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival for 2013. Thanks for taking a look at the blog over the last four days and we will see you again soon.
Tiger scalps Genzys in thrilling #Ebor2013 at @yorkracecourse Watch full replay and interview with @tpqueally http://t.co/7tHut31Xvd— @Racing_UK 24 August 2013
#York: some compensation for trainer Ian Williams/jockey Richard Kingscote after Genzy 2nd in #Ebor with Sam Sharp win (5-00)— @CorneliusRacing 24 August 2013
Sam Sharp, 14-1, came storming through on the outside to win the Betfred the Bonus King Stakes - robbing Sennockian Star by a length.
Mark Johnston's three-year-old had looked for a long time like he might just hang on to the prize after duelling for much of the last two furlongs with Strictly Silver, but the Middleham-trained gelding just ran out of gas.
Hambleton's Kevin Ryan is on the board again. He is having a cracking final day of the Ebor Festival.
After Astaire won the Gimcrack, Hot Streak has handed him a double by winning the Listed Julia Groves Stakes at 3-1.
Henry Ponsonby, the winning owner of Tiger Cliff, said of the Ebor win: "We're delighted and very emotional. Henry (Cecil) would have loved this. I think Henry had something to do with turning the taps on above."
Whoosh! Tiger Cliff stays on strongly - and shows a bit of toe too - to collar Genzy near the line and land the Ebor! #Ebor2013— @Channel4Racing 24 August 2013
Get in tiger cliff #YorkRaces— @KJohnoJnr 24 August 2013
What a finish!
Tiger Cliff (5-1) has come from way back to win the Betfred Ebor Handicap at York Racecourse.
Genzy overhauled Number Theory and looked to have done enough to claim Eurooe's richest handicap but Tom Queally, on board Tiger Cliff, switched to the left, timed his run superbly, and surged through to win by half a length for Lady Cecil.
Runners are circling in the parade ring ahead of the richest handicap in Europe - the Betfred Ebor.
One mile and six furlongs is the distance, and both Ted Veale and Highland Castle will be heading to post early for the £250,000 showpiece.
Astaire's trainer, Hambleton's Kevin Ryan, said: "We knew he'd improved from his last run but then the rain came so I had to look up the stats on the sire.
"It was the one worry we had. He's just a very good horse. Winning any race at the Ebor meeting is massive. He'll go straight to the Middle Park Stakes now."
The going at York has now changed from soft to soft, good to soft in places.
Winning Jockey Neil Callan said he was "treading water" in the last half a furlong.
"I wasn't sure how hewe would handle the ground and he just saved a bit to get home. That was a long last furlong."
Well, he was Jack Keene's paddock pick and Astaire has done the business for him, and Hambleton trainer Kevin Ryan, in the Irish Throughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes.
Ryan's charge (5-1) went for glory a long way from home - and was running on empty in the last 100 yards - but had just enough to take the six furlong contest by a neck from Wilshere Boulevard
It means Ryan has won the Gimcrack for the second successive year, after Blaine took the honours 12 months ago.
Having lifted the Gimcrack last year, Kevin Ryan runs Astaire here and the two-year-old looked well going to post and looks poised to run a good race.
He has competition for the best looking horse from Yorkshire, though, as Parbold took the eye passing the stands.
Twenty races in and still no victory at the Ebor Festival for Malton trainer Richard Fahey.
He's got a favourite's chance (11-4) in the Gimcrack Stakes, which is up in about ten minutes time, with Parbold.
Importantly, the two-year-old has a soft ground win in his locker on his racecourse debut.
Last time out he was third in the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. He came out of the stalls very clumsily that day and Fahey will be hoping for more here.
Tony Hamilton, unseated by Fort Bastion in the opener, is none the worse for wear and is in the saddle.
My Catch, ridden by Jamie Spencer, is going down to post early.
Dark Crusader & Fran Berry win @yorkracecourse -Thats 4 wins from last 6 runners for Tony Martin. Can Ted Veale make it 5 from 7 #Ebor2013— @GoRacing 24 August 2013
Cracking ride from FRAN BERRY on Dark Crusader, good sign for TED VEALE backers? MISTER IMPATIENCE brought no crunch to the table #Ebor2013— @Precise_Tips 24 August 2013
Dark Crusader has plundered the spoils in the Betfred Melrose Stakes.
At the furlong pole there were five horses in contention across the track.
Fran Berry got a determined response to his urgings from Dark Crusader to fend off his rivals by a length-and-a-quarter.
His victory in the handicap for three-year-old's continues the great form of Tony Martin who fields Ted Veale later today in the Ebor.
York jockey Robert Winston said of Sirius Prospect's win: "He just quickened up really well. He goes without a smack and is just a lovely horse."
Here's been here and done it before - Sirius Prospect (5-2) gained his second course and distance success in the Betfred City of York Stakes.
In a dramatic race where Fort Bastion unseated Tony Hamilton leaving the stalls, Sirius Prospect was delivered from the back of the field by Robert Winston to wear down Rex Imperator by a neck inside the final furlong.
The runners will be heading to the start shortly for our opening race.
With soft ground form to his name, Sirius Prospect is strong in the market.
Kevin Ryan's grey Lightning Cloud was on his toes and keen leaving the paddock whereas Fort Bastion moved to post smoothly.
Only six run in the £50,000 contest with Es Que Love, Cristoforo Colombo, Glory Awaits and The Gold Cheongsam non-runners.
The rain is falling and, looking at some of the clouds around Knavesmire, it might not be going anywhere in a hurry.
We're 20 minutes away from the start of the first race. It's the Listed Betfred City of York Stakes over seven furlongs.
#yorkraces With Tropical Beat out of the Ebor I'm steering clear. Too unpredictable with the rain.— @1FurlongToGo 24 August 2013
Angus Og is a non-runner at York - in the closing 5.35pm apprentice race. That brings the total now up to 21.
Warm and breezy at York right now, hopefully the rain will stay away for the big crowd on the final day of the festival #yorkebor2013— @jkeene124 24 August 2013
The Timeform boys have given the #Ebor the once over! Read their runner-by-runner guide here - http://t.co/cVSO6EnjQE— @racingtips 24 August 2013
We're going to have to rename Keene's Crackers. He's been more consistent than a cracker.
To be fair, he did highlight a 9-2 winner for you yesterday which, briefly, brought a smile to his face.
Today, though, he is a man possessed. He reckons the softer ground, and the subsequent non-runners, has made the afternoon a little easier to unfathom.
We will see.
Keene's Crackers: 2.05 Sirius Prospect, 2.40 Mister Impatience, 3.15 Parbold, 3.50 Number Theory, 4.25 Mecca's Angel, 5.00 Rockalong, 5.35 Huntsman Close.
Trying to gauge the effects of very soft ground today at York and therefore the validity of trends. My suggestion is ignore them! #ebor2013— @Oddspundit 24 August 2013
Win the Gimcrack Stakes and you get to go to a nice dinner and make a big speech in December. Jack Keene has been looking at the horses who might give their owners an unexpected speaking engagement in the winter:
While there may not be a standout horse in this year's Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes it is no less competitive or fascinating a renewal with six of the seven runners very close in the market.
Malton trainer Richard Fahey has yet to get off the mark this week but Parbold, who struggled with Goodwood's undulations last time out, should fare much better back on a flat galloping track and go close today.
He won over course and distance on debut on soft ground, so with the same conditions he will never have a better chance to get off the mark in group company.
Yorkshire born William Haggas has won two of the last seven runnings of the Gimcrack and targets Saayer at the prestigious Group 2 prize.
The son of Acclamation won the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in early August but has to carry a 3lb penalty for that success on unsuitable ground.
Charles Hills has scored nine times with two-year-old's in 2013, Cable Bay being one of them.
Narrowly held by Saayer at Goodwood, Cable Bay is weighted to reverse form with that runner and he showed on debut that cut in the ground doesn't hold too many fears.
Hambleton's Kevin Ryan won this race last year with Blaine and his runner Astaire could claim glory this time around in a wide open race.
He has a smooth debut course and distance success to his name and, though he would prefer better ground, he is greatly respected for a trainer who always does well at this famous meeting.
Some market movers today:
3.15 Parbold in to 100-30 from 4s.
In the Ebor, Tiger Cliff is 9-2 from 7-1 and Ted Veale is 5-1 from 8s. Both of those runners are known to go on soft ground.
Outer Space had been the favourite for the Listed Roses Stakes. No more - he has been withdrawn.
All set for the richest flat handicap in Europe #ebor2013 #exciting http://t.co/MAlQBVakrt— @AntheaLMorshead 24 August 2013
Blue Sky and Sunshine over York currently....... Not convinced its going to last #yorkraces— @RichBorrows 24 August 2013
We've been through the form book - well Jack Keene has anyway - and these are his thoughts on today's big feature, the Betfred Ebor Handicap:
After three days of drama and high class action the focus on the final day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival is on the signature race itself.
The esteemed Betfred Ebor handicap is the richest in Europe, though this year's field will be one of the smallest in recent years as soft ground led to the withdrawal of several runners, including leading Yorkshire hope Tropical Beat.
One runner who will certainly relish the testing conditions today is Irish raider Ted Veale.
Already a winner at the Cheltenham Festival this year, routing a competitive field in the County Hurdle, Ted Veale has registered four wins from eight flat starts and is most at home when the going gets tough.
Trainer Tony Martin has had a fantastic season so far having notched up eight winners at the Galway Festival earlier this month, and he has a superb chance of big race glory today with his improving mud-lark.
Number Theory could well out run his 20/1 price tag for Leicestershire based John Holt.
The trainer's stable star came third in this race last year, staying on well at the finish after being hampered two furlongs out.
He is higher in the weights this time around but he has regularly run with credit in group and listed company this year at big odds – he could easily go close again and is clearly thriving at present following a fine fourth in the Artemis Goodwood Cup.
This race has been the long term target for Caravan Rolls On and Peter Chapple Hyam's five-year-old holds good claims this afternoon in first time cheekpieces.
However he has some work to do to overturn form with Opinion who beat him in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Caravan Rolls On receives a 4lbs pull in the weights with his conqueror, though the Highclere Thoroughbred owned Opinion has proved himself on soft ground and would shade it if these two were fighting it out at the finish.
It's a race that often throws up a surprise result, much like Friday's Nunthorpe, and while very few of the field can be ruled out I would chance an each-way bet on Number Theory.
Loads of non-runners at York. These are:
2.05 Glory Awaits, The Gold Cheongsam, Cristoforo Colombo, Es Que Love
2.40 Ray Ward, Another Cocktail, Argent Knight, Bomber Thorn
3.50 Sun Central, Steps To Freedom, Montaser, Handsome Man, No Heretic, Tropical Beat
4.25 Salford Red Devil
5.00 Whispering Warrior, Ruscello
5.35 New Forest
Ebor has been destroyed....Runners out left right & centre, real shame. #Ebor2013— @connollyisking 24 August 2013
I think the ebor is gonna be a really stamina test today #yorkraces #ebor— @HighwaymanX 24 August 2013
The evening and overnight rain, which have turned the ground soft, have played havoc with the Ebor Handicap runners.
A field of 20 is currently down to 14, which means it must now be one of the smallest Ebor fields for quite some time, and there yet could be some more withdrawals before the mile and six furlong contest gets under way later on this afternoon.
From a North Yorkshire perspective, Nawton's David O'Meara has pulled out Tropical Beat, while Sun Central, Steps To Freedom, Montaser, Handsome Man and No Heretic are also not going to go to the starting stalls.
15mms rain now @yorkracecourse . Currently dry & brightening up.Going remains Soft, and 4cast still for further showers. #ebor2013— @AntheaLMorshead 24 August 2013
We've got a seven race card today, starting at 2.05pm with the Listed City of York Stakes and concluding at 5.35pm with a five furlong contest for apprentices.
The Ebor is at 3.50pm.
ALL good things must come to an end, so they say, and the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival reaches a conclusion today with its signature race, the Betfred Ebor Handicap, taking centre stage.
Stick with us as we bring you news and previews from Knavesmire and then all the action and reaction from the track as today's big races are won and lost.
Get in touch with us using the comments facility below, or by twitter using the hashtag #yorkraces, and both Jack Keene and myself, Steve Carroll, will keep you up to date with every snippet from York.
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