The action gets under way at 2pm with the Sky Bet Mobile Stakes, while there’s the Gimcrack Stakes to enjoy half an hour later. At 3.05pm, we can see the Group 3 contest that is the Strensall Stakes, with the showpiece race taking place at 3.40pm in the form of the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.
Gimcrack Stakes 2:30pm
There are eight horses lining up for this six furlong dash and the pace should be fast considering the ground is now good to firm. It looks to be a wide open contest, although Morawij is the 5/2 favourite (bet365 £200 free bets) and Roger Varian saw the two-year-old go desperately close to winning the Molecomb Stakes.
Pearl Acclaim is on offer at 5/1 (William Hill) and the Richard Hannon-trained horse is bidding for a hat-trick of wins, having scored successes at Sandown and Ripon. It will be interesting to see whether the Irish raider can make the step up in class to challenge the favourite.
Lewisham is available at a similar price although the three runs this season have all seen the horse fail to win, although one horse with three victories and lots of experience is Heavy Metal, the top weight in the race. Mark Johnston saw him win the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood and he stands a good chance of being in the frame.
Nunthorpe Stakes 3:40pm
This is one of the highlights of the Ebor Festival and we’re set for a vintage renewal on Friday afternoon, with Bated Breath looking to justify likely favouritism and win for trainer Roger Charlton. The five-year-old ran very well in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and hasn’t been seen since, with Little Bridge the only horse too good that day.
Winning this race is no mean feat, especially with twenty horses entered for the showpiece and Pearl Secret looks to be well-handicapped and open to progression. The three-year-old has claimed four straight wins this season, although this is a step up in class, even if the David Barron horse has won at York this season.
Sole Power has to be respected and looks an each-way poke at 6/1, although none of the four runs this season have seen the horse claim the spoils, although Australian raider Ortensia has spent a lot of this summer in the UK and finally came good at Goodwood when winning the King George Stakes.