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York Ebor Festival: Day three live blog
This live event has finished
Bottom weight Short Squeeze has won comfortably in the concluding race of day three.
Martin Dwyer delivered his mount with a sustained run down the centre of the track and shot clear to win easily by three-and-a-half lengths.
Tomorrow is Ebor day so don't forget to tune in for all the latest news ahead of the richest handicap in Europe.
The runners are almost at the start for the finale here today, the Nationwide Accident Repair Services Stakes over a mile
Hay Dude heads the market at 9-2 in a wide open handicap.
Golden Town ran very green there but still had enough to pip a surging Red Galileo in the Sky Bet Mobile Convivial Maiden Stakes.
The 4-1 shot brings up a treble today for jockey Silvestre de Sousa and Godolphin.
Narrow escape in the parade ring there.
Lynngale, who is running in the Sky Bet Convivial Maiden Stakes, got loose but was contained by a smart bit of handling just at the exit before anything serious happened.
Winning jockey Steve Drowne said of Jwala's win: "I thought she'd win last time at Goodwood but she got upset in the stalls and fractured her eye socket.
"She's a brave, tough filly to come back like that. She ran well here when she won her Listed race. She's got speed."
Jwala. Did anyone see that coming?
The Robert Cowell-trained four-year-old has just performed a smash-and-grab raid to win the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York. He was 40-1.
He was half a length clear at the finish in a time of 57.34 seconds.
The favourite Shea Shea was second, Sole Power third and Hamish McGonagall, trained at Great Habton by Tim Easterby, put up a great performance to finish fourth.
C'mon Sole Power! #York— @Brad_Pinard 23 August 2013
For the big one. I like Tickled Pink And Rusdu Queen both around 16/1 #york— @stesnaith32 23 August 2013
They're on their way. The runners are filtering out of the paddock and down to the start for the Nunthorpe.
Experienced campaigner Hamish McGonagall, trained by Malton's Tim Easterby, was taken down early and was on his toes.
Slade Power looked well and went to post smoothly, though the same cannot be said of Sole Power who was pulling fiercely.
Well backed favourite Shea Shea was putting on a show for the spectators, on his toes as he passed the stands.
Shea Shea now the clear favourite for the Nunthorpe at 7-2. Sole Power is next up at 11-2 with Moviesta nibbled at a little in the market.
Tinkled Pink for me. #NunthorpeStakes #Ebor2013— @TheValueHunter_ 23 August 2013
Right. Next up is the big one - the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.
Europe's richest race of its type, the five furlong dash is a whirl of colour down the Knavesmire straight and is finished in the blink of an eye. Well, about a minute at any rate.
It's the biggest chance North Yorkshire has this week for a top class winner, with Bryan Smart's Moviesta prominent towards the head of the market.
He is bidding to match the feat of Borderlescott, who won the race at York in 2009 and the year before at Newmarket.
Moviesta looks to have more on his plate than he did when winning the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and is a general 6-1 chance in the market.
But he comes in good heart and has Boroughbridge rider Paul Mulrennan, who is having a cracking season, in the saddle.
The bookies think that Shea Shea, the mount of Frankie Dettori, and Sole Power, who won this race at York in 2010 as a 100-1 outsider, are the two most likely to claim the lion's share of the £272,500 prize pool.
City Style has won the Strensall to give Silvestre de Sousa a double - but only just.
The Godolphin horse (9-1) asserted really well from about two furlongs but taken stuck his head up in the air and slowed dramatically.
Danadana came charging through but City Style managed to stay in front by just a ncek and take the Group 3 contest.
It seems unbelievable to be saying this on the third day of a York meeting but Malton trainer Richard Fahey is yet to have a winner.
Just to put that into perspective, the Musely Bank handler has been the champion trainer on Knavesmire for the last seven seasons and had already notched up six York winners before this four-day Ebor Festival got under way.
But he has a strong chance of snapping this unusual dry run with Gabrial in the Sky Bet Strensall Stakes, which comes up in about ten minutes time.
The four-year-old won the Doncaster Mile on his reappearance and, on that form, would have a cracking chance in this Group 3 race over a mile and a furlong.
All the money this morning, though, has been for Sir Michael Stoute's Pavlosk. The three-year-old has won on the track before and has been smashed in to 6-4 favourite in some places.
It's the gamble of the day.
Winning trainer of Ahzeemah, Saeed bin Suroor, said of his victor: "He's improved a lot, we know he's tough and he tries very hard. Now we've got options open for him."
More non-runner news. Lady Bubbles, who is trained by Mick Easterby at Sheriff Hutton, will not run in the Sky Bet Mobile Convivial Maiden Stakes at 4.20pm.
Ahzeemah has just won a cracking duel with Simenon to win the Lonsdale Cup.
It was a great finish and the Godolphin horse, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa, just prevailed by a head.
Johnny Murtagh, on Simenon, tried to make all on the six-year-old and kept travelling all the way to the line - strongly giving the impression that he probably needs a couple of furlongs extra.
The two battlers went toe-to-toe from a good furlong out but it was de Sousa who was just able to keep the 4-1 shot in front after getting a narrow advantage.
This is one of the few races where the crowd get to see the runners twice, with the start taking place in front of the stands before coming round on a complete loop back to the finish.
It's one of the by-products of the new bend that was installed when York hosted Royal Ascot in 2005. Was it really that long ago?
We are talking stayers now - the 'marathon' over two miles that is the Lonsdale Cup.
There's been piles of money this morning for Simenon, who heads the market at a short looking 15-8.
Times Up, last year's champion, is 9-2 with Godolphin's Ahzeemah a 4-1 shot. There's £150,000 at stake in this Group 2 contest.
David O'Meara has tightened his grip on the York racecourse trainer's championship following Chancery's win in the Sky Bet Stakes. O'Meara has now trained ten winners here this season and has a lead of three over William Haggas and four over Richard Fahey.
The in-form handler said of the winner: "He travelled as well today as I've ever seen him travel, he won going away in the end. Hopefully he'll go on and progress again and become a horse who can compete at a higher level."
Another day, another David O'Meara winner. Chancery (7-1) takes the Sky Bet Stakes. The Nawton trainer keeps banging them in - that's his third of the Ebor Festival so far.
Fairly straightforward victory, too. Danny Tudhope looked to have a lot of horse under him at the two furlong marker and, when he pushed the button, he easily dismissed Rio's Rosanna to win by a length and a quarter.
We're almost underway on Nunthorpe Stakes day at York.
The fourteen strong field are cantering down to the mile-and-a-half start for the Sky Bet Stakes.
Gospel Choir heads the market at 9-2 for Sir Michael Stoute who is looking for his second winner of the week.
All set for the first at York on Nunthorpe day. Bring it on! #yorkraces http://t.co/f6JwCGY1Pd— @RobWalsh1967 23 August 2013
Another non-runner to report. Yourartisonfire, trained by Elaine Burke at Leyburn, will not go in the Nationwide Accident Repair Services Stakes at 4.55pm.
Strongly fancy Pavlosk this afternoon, conditions to suit. Price has gone now #yorkraces— @jkeene124 23 August 2013
Just spied Great Habton trainer Tim Easterby having a wander on the course. He runs Hamish McGonagall in the Nunthorpe.
Backing my old man on the first race #yorkraces http://t.co/CEU8DEka0J— @benmsimcox 23 August 2013
Still an hour and 20 minutes before the first here at York but it all feels a bit quieter today at the moment.
I really fancy Moviesta today now the ground has softened. #york #ebor— @clarkys69 23 August 2013
Good to soft ground on Knavesmire following a deluge last night. Sun burning through and we could see conditions improving for the Nunthorpe— @jkeene124 23 August 2013
Day 3 @yorkracecourse Pavlosk and Slade Power are the fancies. May have used up all my lucky yesterday. #YorkEbor http://t.co/A0YR2hpFex— @gsmyly 23 August 2013
The dream is over for Borderlescott. The veteran 11-year-old, trained by Robin Bastiman at Cowthorpe, has been withdrawn from the Nunthorpe Stakes.
Shame we won't get to see the two-time winner strut his stuff one more time at the highest level.
Simenon and Shea Shea are the most popular horses at York today. Shortening up all the time #York— @bettingpro 23 August 2013
Smart is hugely optimistic given Moviesta's York form.
He won on the track at the Dante Festival and then was runner-up to Body And Soul a month later after pulling so hard the Hambleton trainer thought he was "going to be beaten by a furlong" in the early stages of the race.
But the horse really stamped his mark on the sprinting division at Goodwood last time out in the King George Stakes and Smart said that was a "hell of a performance".
“I thought they would get him off his legs early, and off the bridle, and how far were we going to get left behind? That was my worry," he said.
“What I loved about Paul (Mulrennan, jockey) was that he jumped him out, left him alone, and then just let him find his feet. Two out, there only looked one winner.
“Even I was saying ‘this wins’ and I’m never one to shout the winner until they’ve come past the post."
Bryan Smart has reported Moviesta to be in good shape ahead of today's Nunthorpe tilt.
Boroughbridge rider Paul Mulrennan will again renew his association with the King George Stakes winning gelding and the Hambleton trainer was hugely complimentary about the jockey:
“Paul gets on well with him," said Smart. "He’s Paul’s ride because he introduced two of the lads that went into him. They wanted to buy into a good horse.
“He’s riding very well. He’s at the top of his game. He’s always been quite a lucky jockey for me, if I have used him for a spare.
“He’s always given it a good ride or won. Paul is a very dedicated jockey. He comes in and rides work. He tells you what he thinks. He is very, very under-rated.
“If you look now, he’s starting to get a few more outside rides. He’s very good and very well respected among the other jockeys.”
RT @Racing_UK: Columnist @TanyaStevenson1 goes for a 66-1 shot in the Nunthorpe at @yorkracecourse http://t.co/p64dhUwmYl #Ebor2013— @yorkracecourse 23 August 2013
The latest non-runners:
1.55 Hanoverian Baron, Party Line.
3.40 Kingsgate Choice.
4.55 Ayaar, Enobled.
It was the legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly who said 'If you are second, you are nothing' and it's a mantra that Jack Keene needs reminding of today.
It wasn't quite a catastrophe for Keene's Crackers yesterday - he did have a winner when Lucky Cristale took the Lowther - but it was a nearly day for the young tipster.
He had three seconds but Jack, although he isn't feeling quite as confident or smug today, has got back on the horse - so to speak - to have another crack at it.
These are today's Keane's Crackers: 1.55 Winterlude, 2.30 Ahzeemah, 3.05 Pavlosk, 3.40 Shea Shea, 4.20 Tahadee, 4.55 Machete Mark.
Some market movers this morning from Irish bookie Paddy Power:
In the Sky Bet Stakes, Rio's Rosanna is into 8s from 11-1, while Chancery has been cut from 14-1 to 10s.
Ahzeemah has been clipped into 9-2 from 5s in the Lonsdale Cup, as has the defending champion Times Up.
There's been a big move on Pavlosk in the Strensall Stakes at 3.05pm. He has come in from 5-2 to 15-8, while Moviesta has been shortened from 13-2 to 6-1 in the Nunthorpe.
There's also been a bit of cash in that race for Spirit Quartz. He is now 14-1 having been available at 25s this morning.
William Buick is set to ride Caucus in the Lonsdale and he will be hoping for an easier journey to York today than he had just under 24 hours ago.
The rider reportedly only made it to Knavesmire with a few minutes to spare before his winning ride on The Fugue in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
Caught in a snarl-up near Doncaster, he had to get into a taxi on a bridge on the A1 and then meet a helicopter that was scrambled in order to get him to the track on time.
Good job it was all worth it. Although it no doubt made a dent in his prize money.
Of course, there's more to today than just the Nunthorpe. There's the Lonsdale Stakes for a start and Jack Kenne has been poring over the form for the two mile Group 2 race at 2.30pm:
Before the raw speed of the Nunthorpe comes the tactical grind of the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup over two miles.
Reigning champion Times Up has returned to defend his crown though he arrives in a poor vein of form.
Trained in Newmarket by Ed Dunlop, he drew right away to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths last year on good to soft ground. Ridden today by Ryan Moore, who last won this race in 2009, he will be held up and delivered late in an attempt to land the spoils again.
Although Ireland's Willie Mullins is associated with training high-class horses over the jumps, his charge Simenon has been flying the flag with real credit on the Flat for the past few seasons.
Narrowly foiled in the Ascot Gold Cup, he is a stayer on the up and could prove to be the horse to beat this afternoon.
Champion trainer John Gosden has a great record at this Festival and he has a live chance with Caucus.
An impressive two mile Listed win at Sandown was followed by a lamentable effort in the Goodwood Cup.
Prior to his ninth placed finish in West Sussex he had looked as though he could play a big part in the stayers' races this season and will bid to regain the winning thread, though he would've preferred quicker ground.
Godolphin are double handed in a race that makes up part of the British Champions Series staying division, and although former Ascot Gold Cup winner Colour Vision lines up today, four-year-old Ahzeemah could be their best chance of victory.
He is ultra consistent, finishing outside the first three only twice in a 16 race career.
He finished second in the Goodwood Cup last time behind Brown Panther and he could well prove a good bet at 9-2.
Third day of #Yorkraces today so be prepared for more traffic than usual around the area, minimal incidents so far, let's keep it like this— @SNAYorkCityEast 23 August 2013
Jack Keene has had a look at the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes and these are his thoughts on York's big dash:
Friday at York is all about speed and a field of 20 of the quickest horses across the globe have assembled for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes Group 1.
Heavy rain on Thursday night will have dampened the chances of a few of today's runners, none more so than the well fancied Sole Power. A 100-1 winner of this £270,000 race three years ago, he has thrived in top company since then but would've held a much better chance had the inclement weather stayed away.
Mike de Kock is not afraid to send his horses to the best races around the world and he is represented by the globe-trotting Shea Shea this afternoon.
A multiple Group 1 winner in Dubai and South Africa, he was narrowly denied by Sole Power in the Kings Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and wasn't suited by the run of the race in the July Cup last time.
Having won on a softer surface in the past, the six-year-old won't mind today's ground conditions and is strongly fancied to reverse form with his Ascot conqueror.
The hopes of a local winner may rest on the shoulder's of Bryan Smart's Moviesta who arrives on Knavesmire off the back of a stylish victory at in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Described by jockey Paul Mulrennan as a "missile", this pure speed test will suit the son of Hard Spun and he has no qualms with the ease in the going.
As ever this afternoon's Nunthorpe will be a highly competitive and brutal contest.
Sole Power's victory in 2010 was the first time a horse had ever won a Group 1 at odds of 100-1, but in this illustrious sprint no horse can ever be confidently ruled out.
We've just caught up with Graham Orange, spokesman for Go Racing In Yorkshire, who has been beavering away looking at form and thinks he might have found you a couple of winners.
In the big race, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, he is very patriotic and has gone for Bryan Smart's Moviesta.
He also likes Simenon in the Lonsdale and Pavlosk in the Strensall.
It might be good to soft at the moment at York but it is warm here at the track, expected to stay sunny until well into the afternoon, and - most importantly - it is breezy.
If this continues, the ground is almost certain to harden up. It could even be good by the time racing starts.
That's the end of Sole Power's chance in the #Nunthorpe. Good to soft at #yorkraces— @EdCampion1 23 August 2013
Big day today with Moviesta running in the Coolmore Nunthorpe at @yorkracecourse— @BryanSmartRacin 23 August 2013
Today's six races start at 1.55pm with the Sky Bet Stakes over a mile and a half. It's another quality card with the stayers in action in the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup at 2.30pm.
The Sky Bet Strensall Stakes, a Group 3 race over a mile and one furlong, preceeds the one we are all here for - the Group 1 £272,500 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes over five furlongs at 3.40pm.
North Yorkshire has high hopes of landing Europe's richest sprint once again. Borderlescott, the winner in both 2008 and 2009, has a huge task on his hands at the age of 11, but Moviesta, trained by Bryan Smart at Hambleton, is one of the leading contenders after his win in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Smart's Sutton Bank neighbour Kevin Ryan is represented by Tiddliwinks and York Glory, while the reliable Hamish McGonagall is saddled by Great Habton's Tim Easterby.
Pocklington tyre magnate Reg Bond has supplemented Ladies Are Forever, a Group 2 winner at York earlier this season, into the Nunthorpe for Brawby trainer Geoff Oldroyd.
They are all currently chasing Shea Shea, who will be ridden today by Frankie Dettori, in the market with Sole Power, who won the Nunthorpe in 2010 as a 100-1 outsider, at close quarters.
One thing is for sure, the roof will come off the stands if a Yorkshire trainer can nab the biggest sprint of the season on home turf.
20mms rain from storm o'night @ York Going now Good to Soft. 4cast; Dry & warm til rain arrives late aft/eve, clearing by noon Sat #ebor2013— @AntheaLMorshead 23 August 2013
Anyone catch that storm last night? As if you could miss it. I thought we were going to need Noah and his ark at one point.
Forty minutes of torrential rain, about two hours of downpours overall, and a lightning storm that struck a shop in Coppergate.
It's a total contrast this morning with bright sunshine across the Knavesmire.
Morning all. It's day three of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival and it's the sprinters who take centre stage.
You won't miss a second of the action with our live blog covering all the ups and downs at York Racecourse.
Stick with us as we bring you news and previews from Knavesmire and then all the action and reaction from the track as today's big races are won and lost.
Get in touch with us using the comments facility below, or by twitter using the hashtag #yorkraces, and both Jack Keene and myself, Steve Carroll, will keep you up to date with every snippet from York.
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