THERE was barely time to draw breath during a frenetic four days at York.
A number of beaten horses caught the eye during Ebor week, but we have whittled it down to three who you need to stick in the tracker.
This French recruit took a while to warm up for trainer David O’Meara.
But he has started to find his stride in the UK and he caught the eye when a never-nearer third in the opening race of the meeting over the extended 5f.
He is still capable of landing a decent pot off this sort of mark and, provided he isn’t clobbered by the handicapper, he must have a massive chance in something like the Portland at Doncaster next month.
HOTPOTS AND HOWLERS Who makes the shortlist after another eventful week in the world of racing?
Sir Michael Stoute’s five-year-old bounced back to form on his first attempt at two miles on day one of the Ebor meeting.
He has always had ability, as he showed when winning a good handicap at the Eclipse meeting last summer, but before York his season had been a damp squib.
However, his excellent fourth was a big step forwards, and now connections know he stays two miles it opens up plenty of doors. He is very dangerously weighted right now.
Another handicapper who had a point to prove, but Gibbs Hill certainly went into my notebook after his fourth in the first race on Friday over 1m4f.
He was bet like a good thing on his return from a long lay-off in the Northumberland Plate, by he didn’t show up on the day.
Dropped back in trip, he travelled beautifully in rear and sliced through the field to deliver his challenge, but he was denied a clear run at a crucial stage. His engine clearly remains and I’ll be backing him wherever he turns up next.