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Archie Watson, Clive Cox, Ed Walker and Andrew Balding with plenty of runners as Ebor Festival at York continues




The Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival is well underway and Lambourn trainers have a number of fancied runners for the final three days of the meeting.

Archie Watson chases glory in Friday’s feature, the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes (3.35pm) with Dragon Symbol (6/1) in the six-furlong event.

The three-year-old has finished second on his last four starts, including filling the runner-up position in the July Cup at Newmarket in July, and he looks sure to make a bold bid in this event and is deeply respected.

American raider Golden Pal looks one of the most exciting sprinters in training and he is the 9/4 favourite for the six-furlong sprint ahead of French horse Suesa (10/3), who got the better of Dragon Symbol in the King George Qatar Stakes at Goodwood last time out.

Ed Walker is another Lambourn trainer chasing glory on the Knavesmire this week and his best chance looks to be Primo Bacio who runs in Saturday’s City Of York Stakes.

The three-year-old filly already boasts winning form at the track and whilst she has ultimately proved disappointing in her two latest runs, she remains open to plenty of improvement back at this trip and is the general 9/4 second favourite behind Space Blues for team Godolphin.

Lambourn trainer Ed Walker has some good chances
Lambourn trainer Ed Walker has some good chances

Clive Cox is another trainer targeting success at York and his best hope of the week is Wings Of War.

He runs in a valuable Premier Yearling Stakes at 2.25pm on Thursday (today) as he looks to back up a smooth win at Nottingham in maiden company last time out. He warrants plenty of respect and should go go close in that event.

Kingsclere trainer Andrew Balding is chasing success in the trainers’ championship and has a number of leading contenders across the remainder of the meeting.

Clive Cox will be hoping for a winner at York
Clive Cox will be hoping for a winner at York

Sandrine is the 6/4 market leader for the Lowther Stakes on Thursday at 1.50pm.

Unbeaten in three career starts, she backed up victory in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot with a smooth success in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket last time out and she looks a leading player for this event.

Balding has two leading contenders on Friday with Spanish Mission a 3/1 shot for the Lonsdale Cup (2.25pm).

The five-year-old was successful at York in May and went on to finish a fine third in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot over a trip that stretched his stamina.

The return to two miles is sure to suit and he is a leading player in a race which also features Stradivarius.

Berkshire Shadow (3/1) landed the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and is another to note in the Gimcrack Stakes at 3.00pm.

The two-year-old son of Dark Angel went on to finish second in the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood and remains open to plenty more improvement.

Berkshire Shadow holds an entry for the Grimcrack Stakes
Berkshire Shadow holds an entry for the Grimcrack Stakes

Chil Chil, a 25/1 shot for the Nunthorpe Stakes (3.35pm), is another to note.

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