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As with every major festival, York produced a number of the proverbial ‘winners in-waiting’ and while there were plenty who are worth keeping an eye on wherever they turn up next, we’ve picked out three which we think are worth keeping very close tabs on Next Time Out.

Hurricane Ivor

Catching the eye at York last week was the William Haggas-trained Hurricane Ivor.

Disputing the five-and-a-half-furlong handicap on the opening day of the Ebor festival, he stuck on well late into the race and really powered home.

On the back of that evidence, an extra half-furlong should really suit and a step up in trip next time is expected.

He has only raced over six furlongs in the UK once before and that came on some very unappealing soft ground at Goodwood, where he was unable to show what he’s clearly capable of.

The gelding clearly looks on a workable mark to land one of these big-field handicaps in the near future and should be kept firmly on side next time out.

King Triton

York’s final race on Friday, a three-year-old handicap over a mile, consistently produces high-quality horses and is usually form worth following.

Several runners came into the race with tall reputations, and others brought already high-class form, but King Triton finished in front of many of them on his first start for Grant Tuer.

This horse was always well positioned behind the lead in a race that was steadily run, but once the pace lifted three-furlongs out he looked to get outpaced, before staying on again at the finish.

A son of Invincible Spirit, but with plenty of stamina on the dam side, there could be improvement to come if stepping up in trip.

Quick ground suits, and on this evidence a mark of 85 looks well within his range.

Max Vega

Ralph Beckett’s horse endured a tough three-year-old campaign but seems to be staging a revival this season.

He looks the one to take out of the Ebor Handicap, after meeting plenty of trouble in running but still sticking on strongly in the closing stages for fifth.

If the gaps had appeared and he didn’t have to switch out wide, this colt would have finished much closer to the winner, Sonnyboyliston.

With this latest performance he also proved that he could produce his best form on a sounder surface, as previously he was thought to need some cut in the ground.

Off a mark of 106, Max Vega could be difficult to place, but he looks capable of making an impact back in Group company.

After only two starts so far this season, there should be more to come from him.


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