Its Saturday at the York Ebor Festival as we we bring you latest racing tips, live streaming schedule and free bets!
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Handicaps don’t come trickier than the Ebor at York but year-on-year it provides a betting spectacle that not many other races can compare to.
It is the feature race on the Saturday of York’s fantastic four-day festival and the Channel 4 cameras are in town to beam the entertainment to the masses that unfortunately can’t make it to Yorkshire.
The big question on everyone’s lips is: who wins the big one?
Irish trained horses have been very dominant in the last few years and that’s where it should pay to follow once again this year as the Emerald Isle has a very strong raiding hand.
Of the last 20 horses from Ireland to take part in the Ebor, seven have finished placed and more promisingly three have won.
The horse that looks the one to be on this year is FIELDS OF ATHENRY, who can be backed at 8/1 and with each-way stakes in mind, it looks a price to seriously get involved with.
It’s unusual for a three-year-old to make the race given the weights involved but O’Brien has somehow plotted a route for this classy stayer and he’s due to carry 9st8lbs – it’s worth pointing out that when a well-fancied youngster gets into the race he usually runs well.
As shown by the O’Brien-trained Changing Of The Guard in 2009, who was an almighty gamble on the day before finishing second when nailed on the line by the Willie Mullins-trained Sesenta.
There’s a good chance that we could see a similar gamble developing on the chances of the selection, who looks the possible number one for the St Leger for the powerful yard (he’s an 8/1 poke currently).
Fields Of Athenry had made all for a ten-length win in a 1m6f Listed race last month before winning again at Group Three level in gutsy fashion. York was always mooted as the next stop on his progression and the bulky weight has been offset slightly by the booking of Donnacha O’Brien, who will take off 5lbs.
The domestic challenge is headed by Ajman Bridge, who is as consistent as they come and looks a banker for a top five finish, but can be overlooked in the win market. Meanwhile, Astronereus looks to have shown the handicapper far too much and may be weighted out of it.
Elsewhere on a brilliant day’s racing, and the best bet at York looks to be the chances of the very exciting Convey in the BETFRED MOBILE STRENSALL STAKES (2:00).
He created a big impression when winning a 7f Polytrack maiden at Kempton by 5l on his debut in October, although he edged to his right and looked awkward under pressure that day and it was the same story at Goodwood last time out.
In a race not ideal for hold up tactics, he looked awkward under pressure but that can be down to inexperience.
With that run under his belt, he should rock up to York a more professional customer and I’d be shocked if he doesn’t go very close.