Timeform: Ebor Day Three, Friday August 21




NB: All times listed AEST

York 22:55 – Chancery

Chancery has gone well here in the past – in fact, he won this race two years ago – and he arrives on the back of a career-best effort at Ripon three days ago. Chancery made a mockery of his handicap mark at Ripon, cruising through on the bridle and winning with any amount in hand, and he looks well in under a 6 lb penalty if allowed to take his chance.

York 23:30 – Mizzou

Mizzou failed to meet expectations when finishing seventh in the Gold Cup at Ascot, but he wasn’t ideally placed (given a lot to do) and wasn’t actually beaten that far (3 1/2 lengths). With just seven runs to his name, Mizzou remains lightly raced for a stayer, while this galloping course with a long straight ought to play to his strengths, so he looks well worth another chance. Goodwood Cup 1-2-3 Big Orange, Quest For More and Trip To Paris are obvious dangers, but Mizzou has plenty of untapped potential so gets the nod.

York 01:55 – Talyani

William Haggas has enjoyed a fantastic week at York and it wouldn’t be a surprise were the lightly-raced Talyani to make things even better. Talyani has won three of his four starts to date, including here on his penultimate start, and he may still have plenty more to offer based on how he scored at Newmarket last month, spread-eagling his rivals despite hanging across the track. Talyani has a hefty rise in the weights to overcome but he looks good enough to do so.

Timeform UK SmartPlays:

Back Chancery in the 22:55
Back Mizzou in the 23:30
Back Talyani in the 01:55