York Ebor Festival tips – Day one selections through the card

York Ebor Festival tips. Day one selections through the card.York Ebor Festival tips. Day one selections through the card.

York Ebor Festival tips – Day one selections through the card

The latest of the big summer Festivals gets underway from Wednesday with the first day of racing at York and we’ve picked out our York Ebor Festival tips and day one selections through the card.

Another top class Festival of flat racing action gets underway from Wednesday with the first day of racing on the Knavesmire as the York Ebor Festival gets underway with a seven-race card spearheaded by the Group One Juddmonte International Stakes.

The ITV Racing cameras will be in action from Wednesday with the best of the action from the day one racecard and Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand with their usual expert tips, insights and post-race analysis on all the action from five live TV races and we’ve picked through our day one York Ebor Festival tips through the card.


1:50 York – Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 5½f

TWILIGHT CALLS finished behind reopposing Whethedealisdone when finishing fourth at Goowood latest and Henry Candy’s charge can get back to winning ways here..

The Twilight Son colt has been progressive this term with two wins from four starts, scoring victories at Doncaster and Newmarket prior to that Goodwood outing where he wasn’t seen to best effect having been hampered at the start and then meeting trouble in running.

Despite his issues he finished off well to be beaten just three lengths and he was only a half-length adrift of a subsequent winner while also giving 2lbs to the winner. Now in receipt of 4lbs from his last time conquerer he could turn the tables now and with the potential for improvement to come he can make his presence felt in a competitive opening contest.

York Ebor Festival tips on day one. Charlie Appleby can get amongst the winners.

York Ebor Festival tips on day one. Charlie Appleby can get amongst the winners.

2:25 York – Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) Cl1 (2yo) 7f

NOBLE TRUTH shaped with plenty of promise on his debut at Newmarket in June, finishing four lengths’ third to Lusail who has since won a Group Two and the Kingman colt improved for that experience to get off the mark at the second attempt when readily beating reopposing Ehraz back at Newmarket next time.

Charlie Appleby’s charge saw that rival win next time out, but given the way he despatched that rival with an impressive performance suggests there’s certainly more to come from him and he can confirm that form with Richard Hannon’s runner.

He looked an exciting prospect in that latest run and surely ought to be capable of much better so he looks worth sticking with here to follow up again and land a second success enroute to better things.

3:00 York – Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) (Colts & Geldings) Cl1 (3yo) 1m4f

HIGH DEFINITION ran as if amiss when beating only one home in the Irish Derby but Aidan O’Brien’s charge is worthy of another chance to atone for that disappointment having looked a classy prospect beforehand.

The Galileo colt had won both his juvenile starts last term and he ran well in defeat here in the Dante Stakes when a fast finishing third to the Epsom Derby winner Hurricane Lane, beaten two lengths but arguably given too much to do.

Subsequently sent off favourite for the Irish Derby he ran too badly to be true on that occasion but surely remains capable of better and given a break he could bounce back as the pick of Ryan Moore from the Ballydoyle trio.

3:35 York – Juddmonte International Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m2½f

A cracking race in prospect despite the late loss of St Mark’s Basilica from the line-up and ALCOHOL FREE can continue her rapid upward curve to collect another valuable prize.

The No Nay Never filly has won three times this season which include two Group One successes at Ascot and Goodwood and she was far from disgraced when finishing a close third to Snow Lantern in the Falmouth Stakes in between those victories where she was beaten less than one length.

She beat that same rival next time in the Sussex Stakes where she also lowered the colours of Poetic Flare who did no harm to the form in France recently behind Palace Pier and while softer ground would certainly have helped her claims she has proven effective on a quicker surface.

In receipt of weight from these rivals she can make her presence felt again and no surprise if she picks up further Group One success here.

York Ebor Festival day one tips. Alcohol Free can win another Group One.

York Ebor Festival day one tips. Alcohol Free can win another Group One.

4:10 York – Sky Bet Handicap Cl2 (3yo+ 0-105) 2m½f

There’s a big staying prize to be won with ELYSIAN FLAME who is building up a solid profile on the level and Mick Easterby’s charge could deliver here having run well in defeat in both the Ascot Stakes and a valuable handicap at Goodwood latest.

A winner over hurdles the Champs Elysees gelding won back on the flat at Newbury in April prior to finishing fifth in the Chester Cup where he wasn’t seen to best effect; but he’s ran really well in both starts since and he could be well up to the task of defying another 2lbs rise in the weights which looks very lenient given he remains low-mileage and progressive on the flat.

This shorter trip is unlikely to be an issue as he drops back to two miles and he made the frame on his only other start at this venue so he could be set for a big performance here and every chance he can land this valuable pot.

4:45 York – IRE Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Stakes (Fillies’ Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+ 0-100) 5f

EY UP IT’S MAGGIE has been steadily progressive this term, getting off the mark for the season at the third attempt when successful at Carlisle in May; the Equiano filly has since finished third in her subsequent two runs at York and Chester where she wasn’t seen to best effect off a slow pace on the latter occasion.

That form has taken a couple of knocks since and both those outings were over six furlongs; but back at five furlongs here and with there likely to be plenty of pace on she could do much better this time around.

She’s been left alone at the weights and has placed twice from three previous starts at this venue so there’d be no shock in seeing her post a big effort in an open contest.

York Ebor Festival tips. Jim Crowley can ride a winner on the first day of York.

York Ebor Festival tips. Jim Crowley can ride a winner on the first day of York.

5:20 York – Sky Bet Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 6f

JADHLAAN had looked progressive earlier in the season, twice finishing in the frame before scoring over the minimum trip here in June, posting an impressive performance in the process.

Mark Johnston’s charge found himself flying too high behind Lusail in the Group Two July Stakes but posted a very good second to Ever Given on his handicap debut at Goodwood latest and the Dark Angel colt can step up again.

He was denied a clear run at a crucial point of that race at Goodwood behind Ever Given but kept on well to hold onto the silver medal from Robjon who did little harm to the form next time in a Listed race; while the winner also acquitted himself well in the valuable Ballyhane Stakes at Naas on his next start.

There could be more to come from him and he looks the sort who likely has improvement to come so from the same mark he could go well here and every chance he can make his presence felt if things drop right for him this time.