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2018 Ebor Handicap tips – A trendsetter and a top tip for York’s Saturday highlight

A wonderful view from the crowds as Nakeeta won the Ebor in 2017.

Our expert lists the key trends for the Ebor Handicap and provides readers with a trendsetter and a top tip for the feature race at York on Saturday 25th August.

The final day of York’s Ebor Festival is headlined by the namesake race of the meeting, the historic Ebor Handicap. This 14 furlong handicap was first staged at York way back in 1843 and some of the sport’s finest stayers have claimed victory in this valuable contest. 

Names like Brown Jack and Lilly Agnes stand out on the roll of honour, while famous faces from the National Hunt arena – most notably two-time Champion Hurdler Sea Pigeon - have also claimed victory in the Ebor.

Trying to find a winner in a competitive handicap of this size is obviously a tough task. Luckily, there are certain trends we can look towards as a useful guide. Our expert has taken a look through recent renewals of the Ebor, listed the key trends and provided readers with a couple of tips.

Ebor Handicap Key Trends


  • 14 of last 20 winners were aged five or more
  • 10 of last 15 winners weighted between 9-0 and 9-4
  • 13 of last 20 winners rated between 98 and 104
  • 13 of last 15 winners has started at least 2 races that season
  • 10 of last 15 winners had won that season
  • 11 of last 15 winners had won over 1 mile 6 furlongs
  • 12 of last 15 winners had won over placed over 2 miles or further
  • 13 of last 15 winners had experience running in large field handicaps (16+ runners)
  • 10 of last 15 winners were making their debut at York
  • 11 of last 15 winners were drawn in stall 14 or wider

Ebor Handicap Trendsetter


There are no horses in this year’s Ebor who tick off all the trend boxes, but Amanda Perrett’s PLATITUDE is the one who comes closest, with just the final two trends missing from his resume.

Following a surprise victory over this trip at Goodwood on his reappearance, Platitude proved that performance was no fluke in Listed company last month, passing the post second behind Nearly Caught. Many then expected Perrett’s charge to contend again around the trainer’s local track, but Platitude registered an underwhelming performance at the Glorious meeting, crossing the line eighth in the Summer Handicap.

This will be Platitude’s third visit to York, after finishing fourth in the Silver Cup before passing the post fifth behind Magic Circle in a handicap at this meeting last season. 

The one real negative against his chances is the fact he’s been drawn in stall one – with a wide draw historically where you want to be – but stranger things have happened in horse racing and Platitude could still be good enough to contend.

Ebor Handicap Top Tip



Stratum is fancied by many to get the job done in this year’s Ebor. However, stablemate Whiskey Sour fared much better in Thursday draw – landing a nice position in gate 18 – and he could be the one to help Willie Mullins lift the Ebor trophy for the second time.

A Grade One winner over hurdles last season, Whiskey Sour returned to the flat as part of Mullins’ talented team in the Ascot Stakes during the Royal meeting. After finding himself boxed in on the inside rail, Christophe Soumillon had to work hard to find some open air and the exertions of that manoeuvring seemed to take their toll in the closing stages, with Whiskey Sour following three of his stablemates home in fifth.

At last year’s Galway Festival, the five-year-old won twice on the flat. This year, Whiskey Sour was Mullins’ leading light in the hugely lucrative Galway Hurdle, but again he failed to impress, registering a fairly limp display to carry the tag of favouritism to eighth.

Those recent failings ensured Whiskey Sour would travel to York on a highly-workable mark. He may not have won over this trip before, but he has scored over 12 and 16 furlongs, so he should have the perfect mixture of speed and stamina to triumph in this kind of race. 

Several horses down the years have come straight from Galway to win the Ebor and horses with National Hunt experience also tend to fare well. Whiskey Sour has landed a nice draw and the presence of the in-form William Buick – who has finished seventh on both his previous appearances in the Ebor - in his saddle can only be seen as a positive.

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2018 Ebor Handicap tips – A trendsetter and a top tip for York’s Saturday highlight

Our expert lists the key trends for the Ebor Handicap and provides readers with a trendsetter and a top tip for the feature race at York on Saturday 25th August.

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