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York Ebor Festival 2018 News and Reviews.

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York Ebor Festival Saturday

Saturday is the fourth and final day of this year’s Ebor festival. And by way of explanation, the name EBOR derives from the word Eboracum, which is the Roman name for York. Nice piece of trivia to bore your racing friends with perhaps.

The main event of the day is the Ebor Handicap (15:40), it's a race over one mile five furlongs for four-year-olds and up. Twenty entrants will make this a great big spectacle for all to see.

The current leader in the betting odds is Stratum, ridden by Robert Winston (not he of scientific fame) at 7/2, which is not a small price. This suggests that the race may be a bit more open, making predictions harder to do. Stratum won his last outing a month ago in the JLT Cup at Newbury in a competitive field, almost strolling home in the end, but didn’t quite manage to win in Ascot.

The main opposition will come from Whiskey Sour 15/2, ridden by William Buick and Blakeney Point 8/1 who looked good when finishing fourth at Goodwood in a strong race.

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York Ebor Festival Day 3

Day 3 of the York Ebor festival is called after the feature race of the day, the Nunthorpe Stakes at 15:35. This is a short, 5-furlong, race for 2 year olds and up, and it features the huge favourite Battaash.

This horse only finished 4th in this same race last year, but the very soft ground he had to run on didn’t do him any favours. He should like the conditions much better this year. He also faltered slightly at Ascot this year, only coming second in the King’s Stand Stakes to Blue Point, but earlier this month he romped home a clear winner against pretty much the same opposition he is facing today. OK, the price of 8/11 is reflecting an expected win but we would still back him.

Another horse of the moment is Stradivarious who is running in the Lonsdale Cup Stakes at 14.25. With three wins out of three starts this year, including the Ascot Gold Cup and the Yorkshire Cup. A win here would net him a cool £1 million bonus. Again the price, best odds of 2/5, does reflect his status and the expectation to win. It is not a bet for everyone, but it is for us.

We may even go for a double on this one to get some more value. Two winners predicted yesterday, and this could be another expensive day for the bookmakers.

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York Ebor Festival Ladies Day

Day two of the Ebor festival in York is a traditional day on events of this type. Ladies’ Day allows for some glamorous dressing to go along with the racing action.

The Thursday at York racecourse has two big events: the Lowther Stakes at 13:55 and the feature race of the day, the 15:35 Yorkshire Oaks, a Group 1 race, run since 1849, for 3-year olds and older.

Irish horse Fairlyland, ridden by Ryan Moore, and trained by Aidan O’Brien currently leads the betting at best odds of 7/4, but it is closely followed by Angel’s Hideway who will have Frankie Dettori in the saddle, priced at 9/4. The latter had a win at Ascot only a few weeks ago, so we feel it may well challenge hard in this race.

The Yorkshire Oaks has 8 runners, led by clear favourite Sea of Class at 11/8. The James Doyle ridden horse has 3 successive wins under its belt, the most recent one a month ago at the Curragh, all with Doyle on board. It is no surprise he is leading the field.

There are some strong contenders however, with Laurens (4/1), Coronet (6/1) and Magic Wand (13/2) the best placed ones.

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We are now just less than 24 hours from the start of the Ebor festival at York racecourse. The Wednesday events kicks off with the Symphony Group Handicap at 13:55, a race with 20 entrants over 5 furlongs.

The feature race of the day is however the £1 million Juddmonte International at 15:35.

Poet’s Word will be looking to make it a treble of big wins this year after taking the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes earlier this summer. Run over and extended mile and a quarter, this race has attracted a star-studded field of 8 quality contenders.

Poet’s World, ridden by James Doyle who has said he is one of the toughest horses he has ever ridden, is the current favourite at 7/4, but hot on his heels are Roaring Lion at 11/4 and Saxon Warrior at 5/1.

Roaring Lion’s jockey Oisin Murphy considers Poet’s World to rightly be in the position of favourite, but a kind weight for age puts him in as a worthy contender. He will be going for it all the way to the line.

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York Ebor Festival Preview

With Glorious Goodwood well and truly behind us we move on to the next big race meeting of the flat racing season, the York Ebor festival. This meeting is always guaranteed to provide a spectacle, not in the least because it offers some of the richest races in the summer calendar.

What is behind us as well it seems is the prolonged heatwave and drought that caused the ground to be very hard, and grass to virtually stop growing. Much rain has fallen on the course over the past week or so, which will have encouraged the grass to grow again, and the ground to soften. This will have an impact on the runners.

During the week, there will be three prestigious Group Ones races. The Juddmonte International takes place on the opening day of the meeting, with the Yorkshire Oaks on the following day. The Nunthorpe Stakes sprint takes pride of place on Friday afternoon, with the namesake race of the meeting, the Ebor Heritage Handicap rounding off the meeting. Along with the feature Group Ones, there are several other Grouped races and some lucrative handicap prizes to be handed out.

We’ll review the contenders a bit closer to the event, but one particular horse, Stradivarius, will look to make the headlines on Friday. The Royal Ascot Gold Cup winner is going to try to to hand John Gosden the WH Stayers’ Million bonus in the Lonsdale Cup.

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