The 2020 City of York Stakes takes place ay York racecourse on Saturday 22 August on what is the final day of the 2020 Yorkshire Ebor Festival. This Group 2 race is run over 7-furlongs and a competitive field of 9 runners is set to go to post.
Queen Jo Jo has run well on both her previous visits to York, winning a Group 3 and placing in a Group 2. But those runs came over 6-furlongs and, on the evidence of one previous run over 7-furlongs, she may not appreciate the step-up in distance or grade.
Queen Jo Jo’s trainer Kevin Ryan also saddles Brando, who is a former Group 1 winner. But he’s 0 from 2 over 7-furlongs and 0 from 8 at York. He’s also an 8-year-old and his form has looked regressive this season.
Beat Le Bon came back to somewhere near his best last time at Salisbury, but he was doing all his best work at the end of the race over a mile. He’s won twice over 7-furlongs but may need further now on the evidence of that last run.
Last year’s winner Shine So Bright will have had this race as a target but that victory came on the good-to-firm ground the formbook suggests he prefers. This season’s renewal also looks a stronger contest, but he’s not dismissed easily.
Escobar has some good course form and he looked back to his best last time on his second run after wind surgery. He was a fast finishing third at Glorious Goodwood, where he finished half a length in front of Safe Voyage. Neither got the clearest of runs that day and both could go close.
San Donato won three races at 6-furlongs as a 2-year-old and has raced in good company in her three races at a mile at three and four. The drop back to 7-furlongs could be what he needs but it may still not be enough for him to get his head in front.
Threat has potential to be a star at 7-furlongs, but the possibility of rain dampens the enthusiasm for Richard Hannon’s 3-year-old.
Any rain that falls will be welcomed by One Master who is our City of York Stakes tip. The mare is a real 7-furlongs specialist having won five of her seven starts at the trip. She never wins by far, but her turn-of-foot should be a potent weapon in this company.
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