August 21 Racing Tips: Marshall Plan a good shout in the Melrose at York

Planet Sport tipster Ross Brierley is back to guide you towards finding some winners at York and Chelmsford on Saturday, August 21.

It's the fourth and final day of the Ebor Festival at the Knavesmire on Saturday and Ross is back to guide you through some key selections. He also has a tip from Chelmsford too.

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Here's an overview of Saturday's selections. Click on the horse's name to have a punt with Planet Sport Bet.

My Oberon (1.50 York)

Marshall Plan (2.25 York)

El Hadeeyah (7.00 Chelmsford)

1.50 York - My Oberon

Brierley says: "The Ebor meeting comes to a close then on Saturday with York taking centre stage and the aforementioned big valuable handicap, the most valuable handicap in Europe in fact, is the featured contest.

"But it's been very difficult indeed, as it always is, to find winners on the Knavesmire but fingers crossed we can get a couple in the first couple of races.

"Starting off with the Strensall Stakes, which is a small but select field here. Real World is sure to be popular at the top of the betting after winning impressively at Royal Ascot then following it up at Newbury, but I fancy My Oberon to get back to winning ways for the first time since taking the Earl of Sefton Stakes earlier on in the season.

"This horse broke its maiden at this track last year on its only visit to the Knavesmire, which is always a bonus as course form is very much preferred, and it's had some tough tasks since winning at Newmarket earlier this season. It ran behind Palace Pier at Newbury, last time round it ran in Group 1 company again behind Love and Group 1 company over in France as well, when it was only beaten by a neck behind Skalleti.

"Every single other horse in that race has come out and won a Group contest since, and this is a huge step down in grade for My Oberon. Nine furlongs looks absolutely ideal for this horse, the Haggas team are in good form, course-winning form last season as well, and this animal is the class act of the race and should give the favourite something to think about."

2.25 York - Marshall Plan

Brierley continues: "A huge field then for the Melrose, the three-year-old Ebor as it were, and plenty of unexposed performers.

"I've been waiting for Marshall Plan to step up to the mile and six for quite a while, and I think he could be an each-way play for the Gosden team with James Doyle in the saddle.

"Nothing against Rob Havlin but he's ridden him a few times this season and James Doyle is certainly a bit of an upgrade. He's a man for the big occasion, he rode a winner in these silks at this track earlier on in the week in the shape of Yibir.

"Marshall Plan has a nice sit in box four. He was a winner at Wolverhampton back in March in a half decent novice event and he's faced tough tasks since then.

"He got beaten by a horse named Mandoob at Lingfield that was going on to run in Group company and finished a creditable second. At Ascot before that, he was behind Surefire in a race that threw up loads of winners at the Royal Ascot meeting and he was never particularly in a good position, he did a little bit too much too soon.

"Last time at Newcastle he was the opposite. He looked more on pace, he rattled home to finish third, he was only beaten by three quarters of a length but if he got under half a furlong he may well have won.

"Well he's up two furlongs here today, he's got a nice box as we said in box four and if a mark of 92 isn't too prohibitive - and based on every bit of evidence so far, it certainly isn't - then Marshall Plan could certainly plug on into a place at decent double figure odds."

7.00 Chelmsford - El Hadeeyah

Brierley says: "A couple of fancies at York then but were going to go to Chelmsford in the evening for the third and final pick. It's in the 7.00, it's a nursery here with plenty of horses in good nick over the six furlong trip and Manhattanville is sure to be hard to beat.

"Jilly Cooper could have her form franked as well by a decent horse earlier on the card at York, but were going to go for James Tate's El Hadeeyah, who is back onto the all weather after bombing out at Ascot last time out, but bombing out in very good company. She ran behind Zain Claudette and Desert Dreamer, who finished first and third in the Lowther, a Group 2 of course at York on Thursday, so was biting off way more than she could possibly chew.

"Before that, she went to Lingfield and absolutely hacked up on her first start over this trip, bolting up and beating Golden Rainbow by three-and-a-half lengths, and that was pretty impressive and good form to boot.

"She was third to Desert Dreamer in a good race on debut as well, second to Get Ahead at Ascot also reads pretty strongly, didn't handle soft ground at Thirsk, but could well be an all-weather horse.

"Box one with the cheekpieces on, that is absolutely perfect for a prominent run from El Hadeeyah in the 7.00."

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