City Of York Stakes Betting Tips – One Master a Strong Fancy in York Group 2

York Betting Tips · Saturday, 22nd Aug 2020 - 15:00

Seven furlong specialist has plenty going for her in City Of York Stakes

One Master looks a worthy favourite and the one to be on in the 7f Group 2 City Of York Stakes on the final day of the York Ebor Festival this Saturday (15:00).

This William Haggas trained six-year-old mare is a consistent sort who has a 30 per cent strike rate after winning six times and placing on four occasions in 19 starts

She notched her first Group 1 success when swooping late to get up close home and beat Inns Of Court by a short-head in the 2018 running Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.

After finishing a promising fourth in a Group 2 at The Curragh on seasonal reappearance last year, One Master ran a blinder when a length third of 15 to Lord Glitters in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes over 1m at Royal Ascot.

She looked all over the winner when taking up the running approaching the final furlong, but then wandered under pressure and weakened close home.

One Master went on to round off the campaign by retaining her crown in the Prix de la Foret. She has looked as good as ever in three starts this season.

In the last of those at Glorious Goodwood, One Master resumed winning ways when overcoming all sorts of trouble in-running to get up in the final stride and score by a short-head in the Group 3 Oaks Tree Stakes.

She is a real seven 7f, having won five of her seven starts over that trip. One Master is also the joint-highest rated in the field with Safe Voyage and San Donato, but receives a 3lb sex allowance from that pair.

It makes her very much the one to beat, so odds of 2/1 with bet365 looks fully justified.

Escobar appeals each-way under Spencer in City Of York Stakes

At double figure odds, the David O’Meara trained Escobar looks the each-way value in the race now reunited with Jamie Spencer.

This six-year-old won twice last season and also posted some really solid efforts in defeat. The last of those successes came in the Balmoral Handicap on British Champions Day at Ascot where he beat Lord North by just over two lengths.

After being held-up, Escobar made smooth headway travelling strongly to from home and quickened clear inside the last two score readily.

The form looks strong as the runner-up, from whom he was receiving just 2lb, has gone on to land the Group 1 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and ran very well here earlier in the week when third to Ghaiyyath in the Group 1 Juddmonte Interntional.

Escobar has had just three starts this season and comes into the City Of York Stakes on the back of a cracking run when a staying on 2 1/2 lengths third to Space Blues, who has since landed a Group 1 at Deauville, in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

The form of that race reads well in relation to this. Spencer, who has won once and been placed once in just three starts on Escobar, is the ideal partner for the son of Famous Name as he is a hold-up performer who needs to be delivered as late as possible.

Escobar should also get the strong pace he needs to be seen to best effect here and is versatile as regards ground. So, taking everything into account, he looks to have more going for him than odds of 10/1 with Betfair would suggest.

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Strensall Stakes betting tips – Lords Glitters can shine again in opener

In the extended 1m Group 3 Strensall Stakes that gets proceedings underway (13:50), Lord Glitters is a strong fancy to win the race for a second time.

This David O’Meara trained seven-year-old landed the spoils in 2018 when staying on strongly from off the pace to beat Mustashry by half-a-length.

He went on to enjoy his finest hour last season when landing the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot where he accounted for Beat The Bank by half-a-length and had some very smart performers in behind.

Lord Glitters was then far from disgrace when fifth to Too Darn Hot in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and comes into this on the back of two solid efforts.

In the first of those in the Group 2 Summer Mile at Ascot, the son of Whipper stayed on to be nearest at the finish when a 4 3/4 lengths fourth of 11 to Mohaather.

As Mohaather has gone on to land the Group 1 Sussex Stakes in spectacular fashion and is now arguably the best miler in Europe, it was a fine run after 252 days on the sidelines.

Lord Glitters also ran well last time out when third in a Group 2 at this venue where the 1m 2f trip stretched his stamina to the limit. The drop back in trip here is a big plus.

A repeat of his run behind Mohaather should be more than good enough to see Lord Glitters get back to winning ways now dropped eased in grade. He can be backed at 3/1 with Betfred to do just that.

Dark Vision appeals most each-way

The Mark Johnston trained Dark Vision comes into the Strensall Stakes right at the top of his game, so rates the main danger to Lord Glitters.

This four-year-old was a very smart juvenile when winning three of his starts – including the Group 2 Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in impressive fashion.

He then proved really frustrating last season when failing to live up to expectations and finishing placed just twice in 11 starts.

However, Dark Vision has recaptured his form with a vengeance this season in winning twice and finishing runner-up on two occasions.

He overcame trouble in-running in the valuable Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot when beating Montatham by just over a length, then went down all guns blazing to that progressive rival on worse terms when beaten just a short-head at Sandown.

Montatham landed the competitive Clipper Logistics handicap here earlier in the week to give the form a boost. Dark Vision has since resumed winning ways in a Listed contest at Pontefract when digging dig to beat Beringer by a neck.

Judged on those efforts, he should be well up to making his presence felt at this level. At 5/1 with Betway, Dark Vision looks a solid each-way betting proposition.

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