An impossible-looking handicap to kick-off the Ebor Festival. Dakota Gold bids for the hat-trick just four days after landing the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon. He’s improving at a rate of knots but has a penalty to carry and a furlong less to cover on quicker ground. Veteran Caspian Prince could be interesting being 3lb lower than when landing a similar contest at Musselburgh last summer. An even faster surface would have suited but he may have a good draw near the stands’ rail. Paul Midgley, who had the winner in 2017, runs three with Oisin Murphy on board last year’s runner-up Final Venture, who is 4lb higher. Frankie partners Watchable, who won a valuable handicap at Epsom on Derby Day but is better over 6f. Stone Of Destiny beat several of these in the Shergar Cup Dash at Ascot and is only 2lb higher but JUSTANOTHERBOTTLE didn’t do a lot wrong in the Stewards’ Cup and it’s possible a fast-run 5f will suit him even better – he’s been dropped a pound since Goodwood. A Momentofmadness is 3lb lower than when he won the Portland at Doncaster last year but he’s disappointed this season.
Tarboosh 11-4 (9-4) Close up, took keen hold, pushed along over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 5, 5l behind Kyllang Rock (9-0) at Nottingham 5f stks (3) gs in Aug.
Final Venture 7-1 (9-10) Led on stands rail, ridden final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 10, shd behind Stone Of Destiny (9-4) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Dakota Gold 5-1fav (9-7) Made all stands side, ridden 2f out, clear inside final furlong, edged right and stayed on well towards finish, won at Ripon 6f hcp (2) sft in Aug beating Summerghand (9-8) by 2 1/4l, 17 ran.
Caspian Prince (IRE) 3-1fav (9-12) Led, pushed along 2f out, soon ridden, headed entering final furlong, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 3 1/4l behind Blue De Vega (8-8) at Chelmsford City 5f hcp (2) pol in Aug.
Gunmetal (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Raced centre to near side, held up tracking leaders, weakened final furlong, 15th of 27, 8 1/4l behind Khaadem (9-6) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Marnie James 28-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 16th of 19, 6 3/4l behind Tis Marvellous (9-8) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Camacho Chief (IRE) 9-1 (9-6) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 3 3/4l behind Dakota Gold (9-2) at York 6f hcp (2) sft in Jul.
Stone Of Destiny 11-2 (9-4) Behind, raced keenly and improved into mid-division on outside 3f out, headway and ridden over 1f out, ran on to lead last strides, won at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gd in Aug beating Final Venture (9-10) by ns, 10 ran.
Arecibo (FR) 12-1 (9-0) Restless in stalls, raced centre, held up, never on terms, 13th of 27, 7 1/4l behind Khaadem (9-6) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Mythmaker 14-1 (9-9) Raced towards centre, in touch, outpaced 3f out, ridden over 1f out, behind final furlong, last of 5, 8 1/4l behind Shabaaby (9-5) at Haydock 6f stks (2) gs in May.
Watchable 5-1 (9-7) Led, strongly challenged over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Unabated (8-7) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (2) pol in Aug.
Foolaad 14-1 (9-6) Chased leader until pushed along well over 1f out, soon not much room, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 5 1/4l behind Stone Of Destiny (9-4) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Queen Of Desire (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, driven and unable to quicken over 1f out, never able to challenge, 6th of 16, 7 1/4l behind Royal Intervention (8-12) at York 6f Grp 3 fll stks (1) gf in Jul.
Makanah 9-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, never on terms, weakened final furlong, 10th of 13, 5 1/4l behind Fool For You (8-9) at Newcastle 5f hcp (2) pol in Jun.
Justanotherbottle (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Led far side group and chased clear leader in centre, ridden to lead overall until inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, no extra and lost places towards finish, 5th of 27, 4l behind Khaadem (9-6) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf in Aug.
A Momentofmadness 20-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, ridden over 1f out, driven and outpaced inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 4 1/4l behind Green Power (8-13) at Goodwood 5f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Jabbarockie 10-11fav (9-7) Made all, soon joined, driven clear approaching final furlong, easily, won at Musselburgh 5f hcp (3) gd in Aug beating War Whisper (9-2) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Fool For You (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 9th of 19, 4 1/2l behind Tis Marvellous (9-8) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Orvar (IRE) 10-3fav (9-6) In touch, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Doncaster 5f hcp (3) sft in Aug beating Saaheq (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Duke Of Firenze 25-1 (9-9) Held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 18th of 23, 13 1/4l behind Poyle Vinnie (9-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Harome (IRE) 9-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up, late headway, never nearer, 8th of 14, 5 1/4l behind Only Spoofing (8-1) at Ascot 5f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Lord Riddiford (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Led on stands side rail, headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, ridden and no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Green Power (8-13) at Goodwood 5f hcp (2) gd in Jul.