Five horses to take out of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival

By Harry Allwood@H_Allwood1
Mon 28 Aug 2017

By Harry Allwood

Euchen Glen – Third in the Fine Equinity Handicap on Wednesday

The Jim Goldie-trained four-year-old ran a career best when third behind Magic Circle in the two-mile handicap on Wednesday off a mark of 91. He closed best of those held up and behind the winner, who went on to finish fifth in the Ebor under a penalty on Saturday.

Euchen Glen had previously won the Stayers Race at Ascot on Shergar Cup day this month which was his first start over two miles and he seems versatile ground-wise.

The Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October looks an ideal race for the son of Excelebration and the extra two furlongs seems sure to suit.

He remains unexposed over staying trips and can remain competitive in similar handicaps this season.

Hey Jonesy – Third in the Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes on Thursday

The Kevin Ryan-trained two-year-old finished an unlucky third in this valuable race over six furlongs on Thursday behind Tangled. He won his race on the stands’ side from an unfavourable draw and was also conceding 3lb to the first two home.

He had previously made all in good style over course and distance and the form of that race looks strong with the second and third winning next time out.

The son of Excelebration holds some fancy entries, including the Group Two Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury and the Group One Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket next month. He looks capable of being competitive at a higher level and there should be lots more to come.

City Of Joy – Fifth in the Nationwide Accident Repair Services Handicap on Friday

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained three-year-old finished a never-nearer fifth after starting slowly in the mile handicap on Friday behind the progressive Mojito. The gelding missed the break on his previous start too when trailing in last of ten at Newmarket.

He had caught the eye in the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot where he finished tenth after meeting trouble in running on more than one occasion.

The son of Elusive City seems best suited by decent ground and I would not be surprised if connections decide to try him over further as he shapes as though a longer trip will suit.

The form of his two handicap wins at the start of the season have worked out well and he remains with potential provided starting slowly does not become a habit.

Dubai Empire – Fourth in the British Stallions Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes on Friday

Dubai Empire again ran an eye-catching race when fourth in the seven-furlong maiden behind Dream Today on Friday.

The John Quinn-trained two-year-old finished best of those held up off the pace and is sure to be suited by a step up in trip with his sire being Motivator, the 2005 Derby winner.

He had previously finished fifth on his debut over course and distance. He ran green early on before he kept on nicely to finish four and three-quarter lengths behind Wells Farhh Go, who won the Group Three Acomb Stakes at York on Wednesday.

I would be surprised if Dubai Empire is not seen over further next time out and he should be able to at least get off the mark before the end of the season.

Brorocco – Fourth in the Betfred Supports Jack Berry House Handicap on Saturday

Consistent handicapper Brorocco met all sorts of trouble in running when fourth behind Eddystone Rock in this big-field handicap on Saturday off a mark of 89.

The Andrew Balding-trained four-year-old finished second behind the unexposed Game Starter at Newmarket on his previous start.

He seems best suited by good ground and ten furlongs looks his optimum trip having failed to stay twelve furlongs at Haydock in July.

The son of Shirocco has won off a mark of 85 in the past so still looks on a fair rating and I would be surprised if he cannot win a similar handicap before the end of the season.

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