Paul Ferguson has two selections from York for us on Friday; Pearl Castle in the 13:55 and Munaaser at 16:55. Compare odds and bet.
The penultimate day of the Ebor meeting gets underway with a cracking middle-distance handicap, in which Pearl Castle (1:55) is worth backing each-way.
John Quinn’s dual-purpose performer was last seen in the Galway Hurdle, having earlier won on his return to the level here in June before finishing fourth over course-and-distance in a very warm contest last month.
The winner Kings Fete went on to shape well at Glorious Goodwood, runner-up Mighty Yar is fancied by many for tomorrow’s Ebor, and the third, fifth and sixth have all won since. The Montjeu gelding races off the same mark and, while this race looks equally competitive, a big run can be expected. He was available at 12-1 with Bet Victor overnight.
Later on the card Munaaser (4:55) is fancied to defy a 12lb rise in the weights, in the concluding three-year-old mile handicap.
Sir Michael Stoute’s New Approach gelding won with any amount in hand at Newmarket last time and, while he has much more on his plate this afternoon, he is taken to follow up under Paul Hanagan. The day’s second selection opened up 3-1 with a couple of firms last night.
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