Day four York Ebor Festival tips – Through the card best bets on Saturday
Day four York Ebor Festival tips
Saturday brings down the curtain on another fantastic four days’ racing on the Knavesmire and we’ve picked out our day four York Ebor Festival tips as the classy fixture draws to a conclusion.
It is the fourth and final day of the York Ebor Festival on Saturday and the four-day fixture draws to a close with a seven-race card that includes Group Two and Group Three racing action as well as the competitive Ebor Handicap which lends its’ name to the fixture.
We’ve looked through the day’s final day fixture and our tipping team have picked out their day four York Ebor Festival tips and best bets through the card on Saturday.
DAY FOUR YORK EBOR FESTIVAL TIPS – THROUGH THE CARD BEST BETS ON SATURDAY
1:50 York – Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m1f
Real World looked potentially high class when scoring in both the Royal Hunt Cup and Steventon Stakes and could be hard to beat; but course and distance winner and past champion LORD GLITTERS could be worth an interest at a big price.
David O’Meara’s admirable sort continues to ply his trade in very good company and won this prize in 2018 although he won just one more time in the next two years despite being kept to a very high level and he finished third in this contest last term.
The Whisper gelding won twice this term in the Emirates which included the Group One Jebel Hatta and he was far from disgraced in finishing fourth last time out in the Queen Anne Stakes where he was beaten three lengths into fourth behind Palace Pier.
He’s not getting any younger as an eight-year old but he continues to run to a high level and while he has to give away weight all round to this field he can make his presence felt here and no surprise if he were to go close especially if the ground were to remain quick.
2:25 York – Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 1m6f
OMAN has taken his form up a notch since being gelded, getting off the mark at Salisbury in May and finishing third in two subsequent outings at Haydock and Chester prior to getting back on the scoresheet back on the Roodeye latest.
Ralph Beckett’s charge had got to within a half-length of Side Shot when landing the second of his bronze medals and he latterly readily saw off Star Caliber by two lengths – the form of which is standing up quite well.
The Australia gelding proved this longer trip to be no problem last time and a 4lbs rise in the weights looks fair given he’s low mileage and likely to improve further so another big run wouldn’t come as a shock assuming his wide draw doesn’t prove an issue.
3:00 York – Sky Bet City Of York Stakes (Group 2) Cl1 (3yo+) 7f
SPACE BLUES went through 2020 with four wins from five starts including the Prix Maurice De Gheest at Deauville and Charlie Appleby’s charge can get back on the scoresheet here.
The Dubawi entire made a winning reappearance at Riyadh in February before disappointing next time out; but he returned from a break to run a creditable fourth at Goodwood behind Kinross and that outing should have him spot on now.
He was beaten less than one length in that last run at the Sussex venue where he perhaps wasn’t seen to best effect and he remains capable of better so every chance he can bounce back here with a return to winning ways.
3:35 York – Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (4yo+) 1m6f
SONNYBOYLISTON wasn’t seen to best effect here in the John Smith’s Silver Cup, eventually finishing sixth to Hukum and it might be worth chancing Johnny Murtagh’s charge to bounce back.
The Power gelding won three times in 2020 but has improved again this term faced with stiffer tests, winning a Listed contest over twelve furlongs at Limerick and he didn’t appear stretched by this longer trip last time out.
He’s been dropped 1lb since that run and steps back into a handicap while he remains with scope so could well have more to offer still. While this is a competitive handicap his shrewd handler knows a thing or two about winning races such as this and he can go close.
4:10 York – Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed Race) Cl1 (2yo) 5f
ATTAGIRL stepped up on a promising debut to get off the mark at the second attempt in a Haydock maiden prior to flying too high in a Group Three at Ascot although that race has been working out well.
Karl Burke’s charge bounced back though when getting to within a head of Tardis at Newbury latest in the Listed St Hugh’s Stakes where she was just run down late by the eventual winner and the Wootton Bassett filly ought to make her presence felt again at this grade.
A reproduction of that last effort ought to see her in the mix assuming this doesn’t come too soon just eight days on and she looks to hold solid claims here.
4:45 York – Sky Bet Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 1m2½f
This bigger field scenario may suit MONTATHER who had looked progressive prior to a lesser effort at Doncaster latest and the Dubawi gelding can get back on track here.
Roger Varian’s lightly-raced sort won his debut at Chelmsford on his sole start in 2019 and added to his tally in a two-race 2020 campaign when successful at Thirsk last June.
Having then won on his reappearance this term back on the all-weather he raced too freely and did too much at Doncaster last time out, but he ought to be better suited by the demands of this bigger field and likely stronger pace which can see him settle better.
Two of his three wins have come in fields of 12 runners so he ought to cope with this big field and still relatively unexposed could remain capable of better still.
5:20 York – Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap Cl2 (3yo 0-105) 5f
The apprentices bring down the curtain on the York Ebor Festival and ATALIS BAY can round off the final day with a return to winning ways.
Marco Botti’s charge had been progressive earlier in the season winning two of his three starts which include a Listed race at Sandown and he found only subsequent Nunthorpe winner Winter Power too good here in May inbetween those victories.
The Cable Bay colt went off too hard in the Coral Charge on his last start but he could be a different proposition back in a handicap despite having to give away weight all round and ought to find this easier than recent assignments so should make his presence felt again if bouncing back following a break.