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The Ebor Festival runs from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th August and race fans can look forward to one of the most sensational meetings on the racing calendar.  We have expert horse racing tips for each day of the famous fixture and our tipsters will be looking to land winners in all of the feature races, including the Group One Yorkshire Oaks, Nunthorpe Stakes and Juddmonte International.

Wednesday's expert York tips

The opening day of York’s historic Ebor Festival kicks off in spectacular fashion on Wednesday afternoon, as three good quality handicaps surround three important stakes races. 

The juveniles take to the Knavesmire in the Acomb Stakes, before several St Leger contenders try to bolster their Classic credentials in the Great Voltigeur Stakes. The main event on day one is the Juddmonte International Stakes, a Group One contest which promises to be one of the most exciting races of the season.

Our expert has taken a look through Wednesday’s card in full and provided his selections for every race on the first day of York’s Ebor Festival.

1:55pm Symphony Group Handicap (Class 2) 5½f

A Momentofmadness and Orions Bow are battling for favouritism at the head of the market, after enjoying consistent seasons on the handicap circuit. An each-way bet is often the best plan of attack in large field handicaps and the one who catches the eye further down the betting is Nigel Tinkler’s THESME.

Although the five-year-old’s recent results look a little uninspiring, the Exceed And Excel progeny has run in two high-profile Grouped races and came up against two good quality sprinters in a three-horse race at Beverley last time out. Thesme has a fantastic record here at York, recording two wins, two thirds and a sixth in his five appearances on the Knavesmire.

After finishing sixth in last year’s Nunthorpe, his rating rose ten pounds to a career high of 109. Frankie Dettori’s mount has now returned to a much more workable mark of 99, meaning his current double-figured price looks very attractive indeed.

Selection – THESME each-way (14/1 William Hill)

2:25pm Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) 7f

Farhh progeny Dee Ex Bee made a lasting impression on debut, beating the well-fancied Bathsheba Bay by a convincing margin at Glorious Goodwood. Mark Johnston’s beautifully bred colt looked mightily impressive on that rainy day, but his ability to act on firmer ground is completely unknown.

The one to back in this juvenile contest could be FLEET REVIEW, who will be looking to land a hat-trick when he makes his British debut. Like many of Aidan O’Brien’s youngster, he could only finish sixth on his first appearance in a quality maiden, but, since then, his performances have become more and more impressive.

He followed stablemate US Navy flag and favourite, Dawn Delivers home in a maiden at the Curragh, before claiming the first victory of his career in a similar contest on good-to-firm ground. The second, third and fourth placed horses all upped their game significantly on their following appearance, boosting Fleet Reviews victory going into another two-year-old race earlier this month.

The War Front progeny took on his rivals from the front of the field and even the short-priced favourite, I Am Power couldn’t get within a length of the winner as he passed the post. His breeding suggests a step up in trip should come naturally for Ryan Moore’s mount, as Aidan O’Brien eyes a winning start to this year’s Ebor Festival.

Selection – FLEET REVIEW (10/3 Ladbrokes)

3:00pm Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f

After Irish Derby winner Capri was withdrawn from the festivities, Cracksman was pushed past the even-money mark at the head of the market. John Gosden’s charge is clearly the one to beat, with his third and second place finishes in the Epsom and Irish Derby’s serving as the strongest pieces of form in the field. 

However, he offers little value at his current price and, whilst eight runners remain in the race, there is one contender who looks well placed for an each-way bet.

It took VENICE BEACH three attempts to claim a maiden victory over in Ireland, but the confidence he gained from that win was evident at Chester, as he put in a commanding display to beat future Derby winner, Wings Of Eagles to the Group Three Chester Vase.

He looked a little green and out of his depth in the Derby, fading from a prominent position rounding the final bend to eventually finish eleventh. O’Brien will have been expecting a much improved performance when he sent his charge on a mission to Saint-Cloud and that’s exactly what he got, as the 28/1 shot ran well above his odds to pass the post third behind Shakeel and Permian in the Grand Prix de Paris.

Venice Beach will have to improve again if he wants to upset Cracksman, but a third place finish in a Group One of that magnitude is an excellent result to build on and he could boost his St Leger chances with a strong performance here at York.

Selection – VENICE BEACH each-way (9/1 BetVictor)

3:35pm Juddmonte International Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) 1m2½f

Churchill’s late withdrawal from the Sussex Stakes means there has been a 64 day gap since his Royal Ascot appearance. He can’t possibly be as lacklustre as he was in the St James’s Palace Stakes, but he’s totally unproven over any trip further than a mile and he is best watched on this occasion.

Ulysses followed a rampant Enable home in the King George at Ascot, three weeks after claiming the biggest win of his career in the Coral-Eclipse. He got the better of BARNEY ROY in a photo finish at Sandown, despite giving away ten pounds to his younger rival. That weight gap will be reduced to seven pounds in this Group One, but it could pay to back Barney Roy to gain Eclipse revenge on the Knavesmire.

The Godolphin flag-bearer has been superb so far this season. Winning the Group Three Greenham Stakes on his reappearance, before flying home in the 2000 Guineas – after enduring a fairly bumpy ride on the tricky Rowley Mile – to pass the post a length behind Churchill.

Richard Hannon’s charge was there to pick up the pieces as Churchill flopped at Royal Ascot, claiming a maiden Group One title in the St James’s Palace Stakes. He may have lost out to Ulysses in the Coral-Eclipse, but his first attempt at a ten furlong trip was very encouraging and he’s sure to take well to York’s flat, galloping track.

Selection – BARNEY ROY (11/4 bet365)

4:15pm Fine equinITy Handicap (Class 2) 2m½f

Theydon Grey will be searching for a four-timer here at York, having claimed three narrow handicap victories on the Knavesmire already this season. Oisin Murphy’s mount Star Rider has been a little down on her luck so far this season, but with Hughie Morrison’s stable starting to his a bit of form, she could be one to watch out for.

Whilst there are several who hold each-way appeal, course-and-distance winner MAGIC CIRCLE could be the one to side with in this competitive renewal.

After claiming an impressive two-and-a-quarter length victory here at York last July, Magic Circle finished fourth in a Class 2 at Haydock and third in the lucrative November Handicap at Leopardstown. A reappearance at Kempton didn’t go to plan, but Ralph Beckett’s charge returned to something like his best form with a two-length defeat in the Chester Cup, before running well in the Ascot Stakes Handicap at the Royal meeting.

Harry Bentley returns to the five-year-old’s saddle for the first time since guiding the gelding to a hat-trick of handicap victories in the 2015 season and he could be a big danger after being handed a kind draw in stall 13.

Selection – MAGIC CIRCLE

4:50pm Betway Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 6f

Richard Fahey has saddled the winner of this handicap in the last two years and he will be hoping Zap can bounce back to the form that saw him win here at York on debut. Tathmeen and Red Roman scored impressive wins on their most recent appearances, but whether they will be able to recreate those runs on firmer ground is debateable.

Andrea Atzeni will be buzzing after high-profile victories with Defoe and Ajman Princess over the weekend. He started Glorious Goodwood with a four-timer and GREEN FORTUNE could help him end the first day of the Ebor Festival on a high.

The son of Sayif got his career off to the perfect start, when Atzeni guided him to victory in a novice contest on the first of June. He could only manage third on his next appearance at Haydock, but the first and second placed horses have both performed well since and the youngster was only beaten by a length. His all-weather debut at Chelmsford last month also yielded a win and he is sure to relish the good-to-firm going on his return to turf.

Despite William Haggas’ success at the Ebor Festival, his recent record in this race isn’t particularly impressive. But there is no doubting Green Fortune is a youngster on the up and he’s more than capable of handing Haggas another Festival victory.


Ebor Festival expert betting tips

August sees the excellent York Ebor meeting take place across five days of the famous Knavesmire. Find out the full programme of events and race schedule for each day's racing.

The highlight of August's programme is undoubtedly that of York’s four-day Ebor meeting, which runs from Wednesday 17th August through to its culmination on Saturday 20th August.

It is a meeting to rival the top fixtures found at other venues throughout the year, and attracts some of the best horses from across the country and beyond to contest on the Knavesmire over the four days of the festival.

So, what can punters look forward to over the four-day feast of racing on York’s famous venue, where glitz and glamour once again go hand-in-hand with the best in equine action?

For those who can’t make it to York, Channel 4 Racing will be covering the action live each day.

Ebor Festival schedule


A cracking opening day on the Knavesmire, with the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes being the highlight of the day’s action; it is supplemented by the famous Great Voltigeur Stakes, A Group Two contest, and the Acomb Stakes amongst the quality six-race card.

1.55 - Symphony Group Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 5f89y
2.30 - Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 7f
3.05 - Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 1m4f
3.40 - Juddmonte International Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) Cl1 1m2f88y
4.20 - Fine Equinity Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 2m88y
4.55 - Stakes (Nursery Handicap) (Bobis Race) Cl2 6f


Day two of York’s Ebor meeting kicks off with the first of six races at 1.55pm, featuring the day’s highlight, the Group One Yorkshire Oaks at 3.40pm. Also on the card is the Group Two Lowther Stakes, and a competitive handicap in the Clipper Logistics Stakes.

1.55 - DBS Premier Yearling Stakes Cl2 6f
2.30 - Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 6f
3.05 - Clipper Logistics Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 1m
3.40 - Darley Yorkshire Oaks (British Champions Series) (Group 1) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 1m4f
4.20 - Sir Henry Cecil & EBF Galtres Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 1m4f
4.55 - EBF Stallions Fillies´ Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 7f


Day three of the York Ebor festival sees six races take place, including the day’s feature event which is the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes, run over a flying five furlongs.

1.55 - Sky Bet Handicap Cl2 1m4f
2.30 - Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup (British Champions Series) Cl1 2m88y
3.05 - Sky Bet City Of York Stakes Cl1 7f
3.40 - Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) Cl1 5f
4.20 - Sky Bet Convivial Maiden Stakes (Bobis Race) Cl2 7f
4.55 - Nationwide Accident Repair Services Stakes (Handicap) (Bobis Race) Cl2 1m


The fourth and final day of York’s Ebor meeting features the main event itself, due off at 3.50pm. Also on the card on Saturday is the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes, and the Group Three Strensall Stakes, on what promises to be a cracking final day on the Knavesmire.

2:05 - Betfred Strensall Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 1m208y
2:40 - Betfred Melrose Stakes (Handicap) (Bobis Race) Cl2 1m6f
3:15 - Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 6f
3:50 - Betfred Ebor (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 1m6f
4:25 - Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 5f
5:00 - Betfred The Bonus King Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 1m2f88y
5:35 - Qipco Future Stars Apprentice Stakes (Handicap) Cl2 5f

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