One of the most popular flat race meetings of the year takes place between 20th – 23rd August at the Knavesmire racecourse, York.
The four day Ebor Festival is the highlight of the year and attracts the cream of the horse racing world to compete in 27 races including three Grade 1’s.
The feature race of Day 1 is the prestigious Group 1 Juddmonte International and is ranked in the top ten middle distance contests in the world and was won in 2012 by super star Frankel.
This years favourite for the race is Australia who Paddy Power have at odds of 4/7 on. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has indicated that the winner of the English and Irish Derby’s is likely to make his next appearance in the Juddmonte if course conditions are favourable.
At a much better price of 16/1 is Arod who was a respectable fourth in the Derby and racing manager David Redvers said recently:
“The horse has come forward massively in the last few weeks and we’ve been discussing the options with [jockey] Jamie [Spencer] and [owner] Sheikh Fahad for quite a while.”
The Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes is Friday’s big race and the sprinters will be out in force for the fastest race of the season. Open to 2 year olds and over it’s short and furious, it’s a rare chance for juvenile horses to compete with the adults, although only on a few occasions has an inexperienced horse won.
This years favourite is Sole Power at odds 3/1, but if you fancy an outside chance then Moviesta at 20/1 could have a good run on firm ground at the Ebor Festival.
A highlight of the last day is the historic Ebor Handicap. It’s a fantastic race for an outside bet. First staged in 1943, just three favourites have managed to win this one since 1991.
In 2006, 100/1 outsider Mudawin was victorious and there have been three 25/1 winners in recent years.
With a huge field to choose from how about Henry Higgins at 20/1, Scotland at 25/1 and Man Utd fans could do much worse than Van Percy at odds of 14/1.
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