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Saturday, 24 August 2013 00:00

Caravan Rolls On can flatten rivals at York

Our tipster casts his eye over the pick of the weekend’s meetings
by Farringdon

Racing: The four-day York Ebor meeting comes to a conclusion tomorrow with the festival’s feature contest, the Betfred Ebor Handicap.

Though only a handicap in grade, the race always draws the biggest betting heat of the week and with more than 20 runners heading to post, finding the winner can be a daunting task.

It’s worth noting that all of the last 11 winners have been aged six or younger, while this race tends to go to a four or five-year-old.

Other key trends to note are that nine of the last 11 winners have hailed from a double-figure stall, while eight of the last 11 winners had raced at least three times that season.

With that in mind the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained five-year-old Caravan Rolls On catches the eye.

This horse was a fast-finishing second at Ascot last time in a muddling race and with a more even gallop, he can land the prize.

He’ll also have the added bonus of jockey Jamie Spencer doing the steering — he’s won this race twice since 2007 so knows what’s required to get one home in this competitive contest.

Also on the York card is the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes (3.15), where some of this year’s best two-year-old colts lock horns.

Trainer Kevin Ryan took the race 12 months ago and will be trying to follow-up with Astaire, who is a course and distance winner.

But I was impressed with Cable Bay last time and with a 3lb-pull in the weights, he can reverse form with Saayerr, who got the better of him by just a neck in that race.

The Melrose Stakes at 2.40 is a race with plenty of chances but trainer Luca Cumani, who has won this twice since 2004, looks to hold another strong hand with Havana Cooler.

This three-year-old is still unexposed with just four career runs, while the booking of Ryan Moore catches the eye.

Before that, the day gets started with the Listed City of York Stakes (2.05) and Glory Awaits can gain some compensation for running well in some decent races this term.

He was second in the 2,000 Guineas back in May and beaten less than six lengths in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot two runs ago.

He ran into a decent sort last time and back down to Listed company this will be a nice chance for him to get a much deserved first win for the season.

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