Four Horses To Take Out Of The Ebor Meeting


The first horse we believe will be worth following for the season is the Mark Johnston trained Elarqam who has been one of the most progressive horses in training this season and was a very unlucky third in the Group one Juddmonte International.

All season he had run to a good standard winning three of his last four races and his loss was a good third at Royal Ascot in the Wolferton Stakes on soft ground with the form being franked from that race.

He headed into his first ever Group One contest on the premises that he might not be good enough for this level but his trainer and connections can now firmly say he is a Group One winner in the making.

In the Juddmonte he met so much trouble and did exceptionally well to get third and if given an extra furlong may have challenged the leaders Crystal Ocean and Japan who made it a great renewal of the contest going to a photo-finish.

Elarqam is definitely a horse to keep an eye one for the rest of the season.

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Mums Tipple

This two year old is the biggest horse to take out of the Ebor meeting giving the best performance of the four days when landing the Premier Yearling Handicap Stakes by 12 lengths.

You normally see big fielded handicaps with a close finish but this was the opposite with the colt under a strong ride from Ryan Moore who seemed to get his mojo back on the Knavesmire.

Mums Tipple for trainer Richard Hannon won on his debut narrowly hanging on from Molatham who also won nicely at York during the week, but Hannon's youngster looked a huge talent that day.

In his run at York he had improved massively looking a fitter and stronger colt and that proved giving a superb individual display and is now one of the leading two year olds to watch over six furlongs.

Alligator Alley

Another youngster who performed well on the Knavesmire last week was Joseph O'Brien's two year old Alligator Alley that was highly touted to go well at this meeting and did not disappoint.

He was smashed of the boards all day eventually going off at 11/8, being a much bigger price at the start of the day but was superb in getting up on the line to take the Listed contest.

The juvenile was thought to hold plenty of ability heading in the contest after finishing a narrow second last time out at Glorious Goodwood when just being headed by Liberty Beach in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes.

He met plenty of trouble that day and still stayed on well to get second and dropping back in Grade, it looked like a no brainer that he would go well again.

However, he met a lo of trouble in running again and when finally getting out to the rail he found his stride and powered home strongly.

He looks a really strong juvenile for the yard.

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Celtic Art

Friday was a horrific day for the bookies with four short priced runners going on to win and the last favourite to go in on the day was the previously mentioned Molatham for owner Hamdan Al Maktoum.

The form line was there for him to go and win the race after Mums Tipple had already bolted up during the week but the horse we want to take out of the contest was the second place.

The Paul Cole trained Celtic Art looked like he was going to spoil the party at one point battling well all the way to the finish and only just being beaten on the line.

The juvenile out ran his odds and is certainly one to take note of off the back of that run and might be a big price again in his next race coming from a small yard.

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