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Dave Nevison's top tips for the third day of the Ebor Festival

By Dave Nevison
Fri 23 Aug 2019

Dave Nevison's fancies for York on Friday include one at 20-1 plus another at 22-1. Read his logic below.

1.55 York: Eynhallow each-way at 11/1 and Tamleek each-way at 22/1 (with Sky bet – as they offer six places)

I am going to back both of these runners. They have fairly similar profiles in that they have been lightly-raced recently and are looking to get back in winning form after eye-catching efforts just out of the frame last time.

Eynhallow ran a good race over a mile and a quarter last time and unsurprisingly was staying on well at the end of the race.

That came after a 12-month absence and looked like a sighter to ensure he was in sound physical shape for late summer and autumn tests that are ahead.

If I have interpreted correctly, I would not expect him to bounce after a run such as that despite a relatively quick turnaround.

The last run that I saw over Friday’s trip of a mile and a half was a fantastic effort at Newmarket at the back-end of 2017 and he has subsequently run very good races in Dubai.

Tamleek getting dropped 6lb for running well last time looks generous enough for me to step in each-way at a very big price.

He was fourth in the Chester Vase two years ago, finishing only a length behind the Derby winner, and only three outings ago he was running off more than a stone higher in the handicap.

He is definitely worth a bet at a huge price especially given the extra places being offered by some firms.

3.00 York: Threat at a general 15-8

This horse has far and away the best form and I am hoping he will prove strong enough to land this Group Two prize.

He beat an odds-on shot on his debut and then ran crackers at Ascot and in the Richmond at Goodwood.

Doubtless there are improvers in the race but most of his rivals have had a few runs and it looks like most have to improve a stone or more to beat him.

4.50 York: Archaeology each-way at a general 20-1 (with several firms who offer five places)

I probably do not attach as much credence as some about wind ops and how punters fare backing horses after such surgery but backing them blind demonstrably is not the road to profits.

However, a discussion with my colleague Chris Dixon confirmed my view that some horses clearly do benefit and I am hoping Archaeology might be one.

He travels really well in his races and on some occasions has not found as much as seems likely.

Ground and tactics could explain his recent disappointments but, whatever, it does look as though a big field and fast pace over a mile is going to suit him well.

Jedd O’Keeffe is in terrific form and had two-near misses at York on Wednesday with Rare Groove and Marnie James. I am hopeful Archaeology can outrun very big odds here.

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