Turf Talk: Opinion matters in the Ebor

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The York Ebor meeting is one of the highlights of the flat season and the Ebor handicap itself is the highlight of the week for me.

A mile and six furlongs around the Knavesmire is a great test and this historic race has been won by some pretty good horses in its time. Horses such as the ever popular Sergeant Cecil, Further Flight and even the champion hurdler

Sea Pigeon, who lumped 10 stone to victory.

My idea of the winner isn’t very original but, at around the 7/1 mark, I think Sir Michael Stoute’s OPINION fits the bill perfectly. This fellow’s latest effort at Haydock was visually more impressive than his finishing position suggested and his Royal Ascot victory makes him a worthy favourite. Granted luck in running I can’t find any reason to oppose him.

I see a potential classic contender is well entered up this week, unfortunately CRISTOFORO COLOMBO has failed to live up to the classic aspirations held for him at the start of the season but he remains an exciting horse, I hope he runs at either York or Goodwood.


Saturday, August 24

York – Ebor Handicap – OPINION

Chosen engagement (York or Goodwood) – CRISTOFORO COLOMBO