Racing TV's Harry Allwood selected two winners from five selections at York on Thursday, and reveals his fancies for the Paddy's Pick 5 Competition on day three of the Sky Bet Ebor Festival. Enter for free and be in with a chance of winning £10,000!
No one managed to claim the £10,000 on offer in the Paddy’s Pick 5 Competition on Thursday, which was no surprise given a 25-1 chance knocked most contestants out after the first race.
Hopefully, it will be third time lucky on Friday, with another £10,000 up for grabs. There’s just the small matter of picking the winners of the five races below!
The racing has been fiercely competitive on the first two days, and that theme continues on day three of the Sky Bet Ebor Festival.
The feature contest is the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes (3.35pm), although Stradivarius will bring the house down if he wins the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup (2.25pm).
Both races are included in the Paddy’s Pick 5 Competition, and a selection for all five races can be found below. Best of luck!
LORD PROTECTOR lost his way slightly after winning his first three starts but got back to winning ways when well supported at Sandown in June and was unlucky not to finish closer in a similar handicap to this at Goodwood when last seen.
The four-year-old fared best of those held up in that ten-furlong contest from an unfavourable draw, and was short of room at a crucial stage, too.
He did well in the circumstances and an extra two furlongs here should suit, despite the fact he didn’t appear to get home on his only outing over 1m4f last year. However, his latest effort, and his pedigree, suggests this distance will be within reach, and I expect him to be ridden patiently again.
He remains on the same rating, and his handler, Ralph Beckett, won this contest last year with Sam Cooke.
Now a non-runner
Paul and Oliver Cole hold ROYAL SCOTSMAN in extremely high regard and he looks the one to side with in a red-hot renewal of the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes.
The youngster was no match for Noble Style, who reopposes here, on debut but quickly took a big step forward to score at Goodwood before finishing a fine third in the Coventry Stakes.
He was last seen recording an authoritative success in the Richmond Stakes, and that piece of form makes him the one to beat, especially given the time he clocked in that Group Two contest.
The Gleneagles colt holds an experience edge over his two main market rivals – who have both had two starts – and connections firmly believe there is lots more to come from their exciting youngster who I thought should be clear favourite.
THE PLATINUM QUEEN receives a huge weight-for-age allowance from her rivals here and I think the decision to supplement her for the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes will pay off for connections.
Things did not go right for her in the Queen Mary Stakes on her second start after making a winning debut, but her last two outings have signalled she is a hugely talented sprinter.
She was successful over this course and distance in July where she defeated the 93-rated Yahsat with ease off level weights, and in a decent time, before setting a new track record for two-year-olds when bolting up in a conditions race at Goodwood, despite being eased down in the closing stages.
She has been quick from the stalls on her past two starts and is clearly a two-year-old who knows her job well, so it is wise to think the lack of experience won’t hinder her too much.
The ratings suggest that, even off level weights, she would be in with a chance here with further improvement to come, so the fact she receives between 22lb and 27lb from her rivals is a massive advantage.
At a bigger price, it would be no surprise to see Raasel finishing strongly to sneak a place, with a fast pace certain to suit.
Consistent performer STATE OCCASION produced a career-best on her first outing over ten furlongs at Goodwood last time out and a 5lb rise for that victory seems fair.
The runner-up won a Listed contest on her next start, and State Occasion was well on top at the finish plus scored in a respectable time.
The selection shaped as though this trip would suit on her previous two outings over a mile, including when a never-nearer fourth in the Kensington Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot where she met trouble in running.
Ralph Beckett’s charge is a full-sister to Forest Of Dean, a Group Three winner who was rated 107 in his prime, so there’s a good chance the four-year-old hasn’t finished improving yet, and she should certainly have more to offer over 1m2f.
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