Ebor Ante Post Value: Quick Jack 8/1

Tony Martin’s Quick Jacks looks excellent each way Ante Post value for Saturday’s Ebor

Priced at 8/1 with Ladbrokes, Quick Jack finished third in last year’s Cesarewitch and could go even better in the Ebor this weekend.

His trainer Tony Martin is a master planner and has guaranteed his charge a featherweight for the race. The dual purpose performer comes to York off a brilliant second in the Chester Cup behind the Ascot Gold Cup winner Trip To Paris. Another good run from Trip To Paris in the Lonsdale Cup on Friday will see Quick Jack’s price tumble.

Quick Jack’s biggest threat is likely to come from the Royal Ascot winner Clondaw Warrior. However, Mullins’ horse is not certain to make the race being on a reserve on declaration.


(Featured Photograph – Tony Martin at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)

Betfred Ebor 2014: Can Pallasator Land The Gamble?

Punters will be asking can Pallasator land the gamble for Sir Mark Prescott in the Betfred Ebor?

The master planner Sir Mark Prescott has plotted the path of Pallasator to the valuable Betfred Ebor with cunning and precision, but will the gamble be landed? Pallasator’s preparations have been ominous for the bookmakers and there are none better than Sir Mark Prescott to pull off a coup.

However, another master planner may just foil the plan. Tony Martin’s Ted Veale was a warm favourite for the 2013 renewal and was not disgraced when finishing fourth. Now thrown in at the bottom weight with an able pilot taking off even more pounds his presence in the field must be respected, alongside the in form Cumani stable’s Sir Walter Scott.

Trainer Luca Cumani has a strong hand across the rest of the Ebor card, where he runs the useful Connecticut (2.40) and Ajman Bridge (5.00). Both look well placed to pick up their respective races.

At Newmarket Intrinsic can continue to show his future potential as a top sprinter and at Goodwood the Celebration Mile is the centrepiece of a strong card.


Good winner of the Stewards Cup and touted as a future top class sprinter by connections, Intrinsic will have no problem in continuing his winning ways. Expect him to be contesting Group One sprints in the future.


Fourth last year in the Ebor, he comes to the race with a feather weight and able claimer. The lack of a flat appearance this season so far is not a concern as he will be fit from his national hunt campaign. Expect a bold show from Tony Martin’s horse.


Archer would have known the high hopes surrounding this horse and how easy his win was last time out. The champion horseman would have been up on this main chance.

Crockford’s Gambles on Betfred Ebor Day:

York – Farraaj (2.05), Connecticut (2.40), Baitha Alga (3.15), Pallasator (Ebor 3.50), Lyn Valley e/w and Ajman Brdge e/w (5.00)

Goodwood – Efflorescence (2.20), Heavy Metal e/w and Magic City (2.55), Producer e/w (3.30) and Mystic Jade (4.05)

Newmarket – Wonder Of Qatar (2.10), Kelinni e/w (3.20) and Master Of Finance e/w (5.05)

Cartmel – Isthereadifference (4.15) and Dovils Date e/w (5.20)

(Featured Photograph – Luca Cumani on Warren Hill by Stuart Rice)

Ebor Festival 2014: Take Cover In The Nunthorpe

Punters should Take Cover in the Group One Nunthorpe sprint on Day Three of the Ebor Festival

Take Cover was an impressive winner at Glorious Goodwood last month and will look to make another step up in grade when he takes on his rivals in the Group One Nunthorpe. The Griffiths trained seven-year-old has come on leaps and bounds this season is now a real contender at this level. The greatest danger to his valuable hat-trick will be the seasoned campaigners Sole Power and Shea Shea, whose connections must fancy their chances of prize money.

Cavalryman also tasted success on the Sussex Downs when beating his opponents in the Goodwood Cup. With Estimate re-opposing in the Lonsdale Cup expect the placings not to be reversed.


An impressive winner of the Goodwood Cup last month, the Godolphin stayer will have no problem in winning again against his rivals. With a win in the Grand Cup at the course in 2012 and a victory in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket this year he has the form to be a certainty.


This improving sprinter was a runaway winner in the King George at Glorious Goodwood and looks set to make the step up in grade again. Won a listed race at the course last month and is certain to make a bold show again on his return to the Knavesmire.

Crockford’s Gambles on Day Three of the Ebor Festival 2014:

Semeen (1.55)

Glory Awaits e/w and Ertijaal e/w (City Of York 3.05)

Foreign Diplomat (4.20)

Moohaarib (4.55)

Ebor Festival 2014: The Grey Gatsby To Test Australia

Kevin Ryan’s The Grey Gatsby to test Australia’s International credentials on day one of the Ebor Festival 2014

The double Derby winning Australia is set to clash with the French Derby victor The Grey Gatsby in the Group One Juddmonte International on day one of the Ebor Festival 2014. Australia was more than impressive in his taking of the English and Irish Classics and will start the race a warm favourite with the punters, but the value may be in the form of The Grey Gatsby.

Overlooked by the bookies Ryan’s colt is marked up at double-figure prices which are tempting when considering the nature of his Chantilly success. The grey has shown a liking for the track when claiming the Dante back in the spring and should not be judged on his last run at Longchamp. In what is a strong renewal of the International both Telescope and Mukhadram are worthy of respect and must not be overlooked.

The Derby second Kingston Hill will line up in the Great Voltigeur (3.05) and looks set to assert his dominance over his rivals after posting a respectable fourth in the Eclipse.

The big sprint which opens the meeting at (1.55) is competitive with Goldream holding an excellent chance alongside the once useful  Bogart who has dropped to a very workable weight.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Kingston Hill (Great Voltigeur 3.05)

The Derby second is back to what is probably his optimum distance after a very credible fourth in the Eclipse at Sandown. The Varian grey has the class to dominant his rivals and will benefit from the services of the excellent Ryan Moore.

Crockford’s Whisper – The Grey Gatsby e/w (Juddmonte International 3.40)

Runaway winner of the French Derby and an impressive victor over course and distance in the Dante, the bookies appear to have overlooked the real chances of this battling grey. Do not be surprised if this whisper truly tests the credentials of the mighty Australia.

Crockford’s Gambles on Day One of the Ebor Festival 2014:

Goldream e/w and Bogart e/w (1.55)

Jamaica (Acomb 2.30)

Kingston Hill (Great Voltigeur 3.05)

The Grey Gatsby e/w (Juddmonte International 3.40)

Big Thunder e/w and Number One London e/w (4.20)

Uptight e/w and Roosey e/w (4.55)


(Featured Photograph – The Grey Gatsby at Newmarket by Stuart Rice)