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Friday 9th October 2015
Quality and Quantity at York with Titanbet

Arabian Illusion and Arthenus have been made 7/2 joint favourites with the sponsors for an exciting Handicap at York on Saturday.


The opening race on the card sets the tone for a thrilling last meeting of the flat season at the Yorkshire track, with more than half the field having won on their latest start.

In a highly competitive contest over the extended mile, seven of the 13 intended runners are looking to follow up on recent victories, including two that cannot separate at the head of the market.

Arthenus and Arabian Illusion, joint 7/2 favourites, are both having their first run at York but boast impressive credentials.

Arthenus is bidding for a hat-trick following strong victories at Nottingham and Ascot and represents the red-hot James Fanshawe stable.

The gelding justified favouritism at Ascot, where he stayed on well to collar Robert The Painter close to home, and is described as ‘an improving horse’ by his handler.

Andrew Balding’s ‘nice prospect’ Arabian Illusion was odds on favourite when he stayed on strongly to prevail in a nine furlong Goodwood maiden on soft ground last month. The gelded son of Makfi makes only his third start on turf but should be primed for a big run.’s UK Sports Manager, Russell Yershon, says he cannot wait for the stalls to open.

He said: “This is a really thrilling way to start a fantastic card and to drop the curtain on another great flat season at York.

“Every horse in this have won a race in their careers and there are so many in-form runners that something has to give. Whilst the favourites do look strong, there are plenty of others with a real chance.

“Richard Hannon sends up three-time winner Mutasayyid and at 6/1 the colt could offer real value, whilst York’s top trainer Richard Fahey won this last year and the local handler saddles both Spring Offensive (14/1) and Intiwin (20/1).

“Plus there are others with a chance and we expect a lively betting market.

“It’s going to be a cracker and then we have the Stayers Handicap at 4.35 to look forward to. This has attracted a massive field and again there is plenty of quality in the race.

“Our customers love their racing – and at Titanbet so do we – it doesn’t get much better than York on Saturday.”

The Handicap, with £35,000 worth of prize money, goes off at 1:45 and will be screened live on Channel 4.

The Stayers Handicap, a £15,000 race over two miles at 4:35, is to be screened live on Racing UK.

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