A Banker Selection For Each Day Of York’s Ebor Festival
York Ebor Festival Bankers
The 2021 York Ebor Festival begins on Wednesday with four days of racing on the Knavesmire that features some of the most prestigious races of the entire flat season. In anticipation of what promises to be an unmissable week – our racing editor has delved into the Ebor festival, identifying a ‘banker’ selection for each days action.
Day One – MISHRIFF (3:35pm, Juddmonte International Stakes)
The feature race on day 1 of York’s Ebor festival is the Juddmonte International, a Group 1 that has been won in recent years by the likes of Frankel, Australia and Roaring Lion.
St Mark’s Basilica is, unfortunately, a late absentee for this year’s race, yet as a result, it only enhances the claims of MISHRIFF.
This colt took a strong renewal of the Sheema Classic at Meydan earlier this year, and since returning from a break has run creditable races in the Eclipse and King George.
A rating of 124 puts him clear of this field, and those recent runs should have put him cherry ripe for Wednesday’s contest – with an extended 1m2f on good ground looking his optimum conditions.
Day Two – SANDRINE (1:50pm, Sky Bet Lowther Stakes)
Day 2 of York’s Ebor Festival sees Snowfall take centre stage in the Yorkshire Oaks. With the filly expected to go off a very prohibitive price, however, the value play appears to be with Andrew Balding’s SANDRINE in the opening Lowther Stakes.
A perfect 3-3 in her career to date, Sandrine dispatched with a strong field in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket last time.
She has a penalty to carry for that success, but looks a Group 1 filly in wait and can affirm that opinion by landing Thursday’s race.
Day Three – ROYAL FLEET (5:10pm, Sky Bet Mile Handicap)
Day 3 promises to be a testing one for punters, with the Lonsdale Cup and Nunthorpe promising to be something of boom or bust races.
With this in mind, it may pay to side with ROYAL FLEET in the concluding Sky Bet Mile Handicap.
This Godolphin colt is a perfect 3-3 in his career to date, impressively landing a handicap at Newmarket last time despite looking a little green under pressure.
He should have learnt plenty there, and his powerful stable is currently operating at a 33% strike-rate with their three-year-olds at York in the last five seasons.
Day Four – REAL WORLD (1:50pm, Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes)
The final day of York’s Ebor festival focuses on the main race itself, but prior to that, there’s the Group 3 Strensall Stakes that kicks off the card.
The race looks a good opportunity for REAL WORLD to continue his rapid rate of progression.
An impressive winner of the Royal Hunt Cup earlier this season, Real World put up an even better performance when impressively scoring in Listed company at Newbury last time.
That performance marked Saeed bin Suroor’s four-year-old down as a Group winner in waiting, and his current rating of 116 leaves him the highest-rated runner left in the field. He should take all the beating.