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York - Racing: Graeme Rodway's Ebor Festival day three tips

The Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes (3.35) is the feature on the Friday of Ebor week at York and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway gives his bets for day three of the festival.

Parachute @ 20/1
1.50 York
1pt each-way

Reel Rosie @ 10/1
4.10 York
1pt each-way

Maggie's Tern @ 25/1
4.45 York
1pt each-way

Bay Of Honour @ 5/1
5.20 York
1pt win

Parachute can fly home

The opening 1m4f handicap (1.50) has attracted a big field and Parachute might go under the radar for trainer Ed Walker, who has booked William Buick to ride the smart four-year-old.

That is a sign Walker expects a big run because Buick has a good record for the yard. The pair are 10-43 when joining forces in the last five years and Walker's string is in form, too.

Parachute is only 4lb higher than when an easy winner of a 1m4f handicap at Newbury in June and he can be forgiven a poor run at Chester last time. He was bumped and then hung left as though he wasn't ideally suited by that sharp track. This course will be more suitable.

A return to the form he showed when winning at Newbury might be good enough here.

Reel Rosie ready to bloom

The Assured Data Protection EBF Fillies' Handicap (4.10) is a hot race, but Reel Rosie looked good when winning at Nottingham last time and is a value bet against the favourites.

The Ed Bethell-trained filly was towards the rear for most of the contest at Nottingham and became outpaced three-furlongs out. However, she flew home from there and kept on well inside the final half-furlong to win going away. She was no stronger than at the finish then.

I have little doubt that the extra half-furlong on this track, with a long straight, will suit Reel Rosie and, although she has gone up 7lb, there should be plenty more improvement to come.

Could it be Maggie's turn?

The British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes (4.45) is traditionally one of the strongest maidens run in Britain all season and there are some promising horses lining up.

Plenty of them lack experience, but Maggie's Tern isn't one of them and she might know enough to reward each-way support at a big price for Roger Fell and rider Jonny Peate.

Maggie's Tern showed promise when third on her debut at Haydock last month and improved on that to finish a neck second in a 6f fillies' maiden at Leicester three weeks ago. She did well to get so close after a slow start and pass the whole field bar the winner close home.

The step up to 7f will definitely suit Maggie's Tern and further improvement looks likely.

Bay looks the bet of the day

The best bet on Friday comes in the closing mile handicap (5.20) in the shape of Bay Of Honour, who is progressing well and might just prove to be a Group horse in a handicap.

He will probably need to be that to defy a mark of 102 in such a hot contest, but there is no doubt he has looked the part so far. He has won three of his five starts and couldn't have been any more impressive when running away with a mile handicap at Newmarket two weeks ago.

Bay Of Honour was four lengths clear when he passed the line and, although he has gone up 8lb in the weights, he remains unexposed and can find the improvement needed to defy a rise.

By Graeme Rodway

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