Thursday Thrills – Best Bets for Day 2 of the York Ebor Festival

Horse Racing tips

With nearly 100 runners across the seven races, winners could be difficult to come by on day 2 of the Ebor Festival.

Love will undoubtedly take centre stage ibut she will be long odds-on and not a viable betting proposition so we’ll focus on the other races to find our four best bets on the card.

So check out today’s horse racing tips and don’t forget to click the links to take advantage of the best price on offer.

HAPPY ROMANCE (2.15 York, 6f conditions)

We’re getting a decent price about Happy Romance here largely due to the presence of Devious Company who ran really well to finish second in a Group 2 at Glorious Goodwood last time.

But Happy Romance could prove value after running away with the Super Sprint at Newbury in the style of a filly to follow. Trainer Richard Hannon brought subsequent Group 1 winner Tiggy Wiggy to this meeting after she won the Super Sprint in 2014 and he looks to be following a similar plan here.

TOP RANK (2.45 York, 1m handicap)

Unbeaten in four career starts and could well prove better than a handicapper time. Travelled supremely well when winning on his seasonal return after a break of nearly 307 days.

Was well backed before that race so connections knew he had retained all of his ability and he deserves the chance to underline his class in a hot handicap before going on to contest bigger things.

BHARANI STAR (3.45 York, 1m4f Listed)

Looks overpriced at around 20/1 when you consider that she finished a place in front of Gold Wand in the Oaks and that runner is priced at just 6/1.

Bharani Star had earlier finished a good fourth, beaten just three lengths in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes and that form appeals as some of the strongest on offer.

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has been booked for the ride and she could be set to spring a surprise at a massive price.

MAYAAS (4.20 York, 7f handicap)

Looks to have been given a workable mark of 83 on his first start in handicaps judged on his last-time-out third in a maiden at Ascot.

Ran well on that occasion and the third and fourth have both won on their subsequent starts to give the form a huge boost.

Trainer William Haggas is from Yorkshire and loves having winners at this flagship track so Mayaas could be a good bet this afternoon.