The Ebor is one of the biggest handicaps of the season, Saturday’s feature playing a huge part in our ITV racing tips. But what if the runners were football teams? We have taken a tongue in cheek look at the contest to find the ideal football team to match up with each of the horses, based on previous performances. Are you backing your team horse?
1 – Withhold – Man City
Picked up some huge prizes on home soil in recent years, his below-par effort coming when abroad.
2 – Wells Farhh Go – Cardiff
No-nonsense Yorkshireman in charge of things, tasted the big time, fighting to return.
3 – Red Verdon – Everton
Intermittent flashes of class but generally comes up short when pitched in deep.
4 – King’s Advice – Celtic
Does an awful lot of winning but there are question marks about a lot of the opposition he’s beaten this year despite them being Class 2 handicaps.
5 – Weekender – Liverpool
Runner-up last year, he’s always thereabouts on turf, is this his year?
6 – Raymond Tusk – Sheffield Utd
Enjoyed a successful 2018 but things are much tougher from a big weight against the big boys.
7 – Raheen House – Wolves
One of only two horses to beat Enable but not always at his best when taking on lesser opponents.
8 – Prince Of Arran – Brighton
A little Aussie talent in the form but nothing to really get the blood pumping.
9 – Max Dynamite – Man Utd
Very classy form a number of years ago but not to that level of late. Though fear not, he has Ronan at the Whelan, tell me how good does it feel(an)?
10 – Mekong – Arsenal
Clearly an engine under the bonnet but mercurial talent will only get you so far without any real graft.
11 – True Self – Norwich
Racked up the wins in 2018, kicked off with an early one this season but things get harder from here.
12 – Red Galileo – Chelsea
Inexperienced – though talented – hands on the reins, should give his running but others ultimately classier.
13 – Baghdad – Leeds
Been knocking on the door for some time now. Needs to fulfil his potential to finally get it open.
14 – Kelly’s Dino – Crystal Palace
Generally easy enough to leave alone but pops up with the occasional coupon buster as in the Old Newton Cup.
15 – Ben Vrackie – Watford
Looked decent at times last year. Toothless last time out but capable of better.
16 – Desert Skyline – Leicester
Sprung a huge priced shock to win for the first time but things since have been less convincing.
17 – Mustajeer – Fulham
Peaked last August with a smart run in this race. Needs to return to that level to have success this year.
18 – Barsanti – Spurs
Second or third in eight of his last twelve races. Close but no cigar once more.
19 – Dramatic Queen – Huddersfield
Down a level having thrown in a shocker when pitched in deeper. Have to take plenty on trust to support at present.
20 – Making Miracles – Aston Villa
Huge celebration in May winning the Chester Cup, current situation not so rosy.
21 – Cleonte – Newcastle
Three of top five RPR’s all at Ascot. Not so comfortable away from there and lacks a turn of foot to compete at this level.
22 – The Grand Visir – Bournemouth
Form goes up and down like a yo-yo, tough to predict what will come next.