York Ebor Festival Tips Day 4: Your Guide to Sky Bet Ebor Day

York Saturday Tips: Day 4

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
1:50pm  Sky Bet & Symphony Group Strensall Stakes  TBC Place Bet
2:25pm  Sky Bet Melrose Handicap  TBC Place Bet
3:00pm  Sky Bet City Of York Stakes  TBC Place Bet
3:35pm  Ebor Handicap  TBC Place Bet
4:10pm  Julia Graves Roses Stakes  TBC Place Bet
4:40pm  Sky Bet Handicap  TBC Place Bet
5:10pm  Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap  TBC Place Bet

The Ebor Handicap is the main attraction on the final day of the York Festival. The race has become a bookmaker benefit in recent years but the likes of Fujaira Prince and Hamish will be trying to buck the trend. The City Of York Stakes and the Strensall Stakes should be easier for us to unravel with our York Ebor Festival Tips on a potentially difficult day for punters.

Friday 13:50 York Tips: Sky Bet & Symphony Group Strensall Stakes

The Strensall Stakes is a Group 3 race over an extended mile for three-year-olds and upwards. Sir Michael Stoute has trained the winner twice in the past three seasons with Mustashry (2017) and Zaaki (2019). Frankie Dettori has ridden the winner on a record eight occasions, the most recent being Dubai Prince in 2012. He was twice successful on Echo Of Light (2006, 2007) who remains the only dual winner of the race. Shock results are rare in the Strensall Stakes, City Style (2013) at 9-1 being the longest priced winner in recent years. 

Sky Bet Melrose Handicap

The Melrose Handicap is over the mile and three-quarter Ebor course but is confined to three-year-olds. Secret Advisor (2017) is the only outright winning favourite in the past ten years with Polarisation (2015) the longest priced winner at 28-1. Ghostwatch made it back-to-back wins for trainer Charlie Appleby in 2018 with the well-backed Hamish claiming victory for William Haggas last year.

Sky Bet City Of York Stakes

The City Of York Stakes is a Group 2 race over seven furlongs. Three-year-olds have dominated in recent years, winning the last five renewals. The best of those was Expert Eye (2018) who went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Fancied runners usually come out on top here with no winner returning a double-figure SP in the last ten years. Andrew Balding trained Absolutely So to win here in 2014 and struck again last year with Shine So Bright.

York racecourse hosts the prestigious Ebor handicap, one of the richest handicaps in Europe

York racecourse hosts the prestigious Ebor handicap, one of the richest handicaps in Europe

Ebor Handicap

The featured Ebor Handicap is the big betting race of the week and takes place over a mile and three-quarters. As the richest flat race handicap in Europe, it is often the target of high class middle-distance stayers and potential Cup horses.

Purple Moon (2007) was the only winning favourite in the last 21 renewals and was preceded by 100-1 rank outsider Mudawin in 2006. With an average SP of around 17-1 over the past 12 seasons, it is easy to see why the bookmakers are happy to lay the favourite here. Fujaira Prince and Hamish have been vying for the favourite tag in the ante-post betting.

Hamish won the Melrose Handicap here last season and showed his liking for York racecourse when following up in the Racebets Handicap in October. Fujaira Prince overcame an absence of almost a year to romp to victory at Royal Ascot to earn a 9lbs rise in the official ratings.

Julia Graves Roses Stakes

The Listed Roses Stakes is for two-year-olds over five furlongs. Alligator Alley ended a bleak run for favourites when scoring for Joseph and Donnacha O’Brien in 2019. Shadow Hunter (2015) was a shock 33-1 winner but the race has often gone to the second or third favourite in recent years.

Sky Bet Handicap

The Sky Bet Handicap is over an extended mile and a quarter for three-year-olds and upwards. Forest Of Dean was a very well supported favourite when successful last season for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. Scarlet Dragon (2016) was the only other winning favourite in the past ten renewals with Eddystone Rock (2017) returning the highest SP at 20-1. Scarlet Dragon was the only winner to carry less than 9st 2lbs during that period.

Sky Bet Apprenticeship Stakes

The York Ebor Festival closes with a five-furlong apprentice handicap. The trainer to follow here is Michael Dods having recorded a dead-heat with Intense Romance and Holmeswood (2017) and won it again with Que Amoro (2019). Favourites have a modest record here with only Holmeswood and Heeraat (2012) winning as outright market leader.

York Day Four Betting Offers

There were some tremendous offers for each-way betting on last year’s Ebor Handicap. Sky Bet York offers included paying eight places on the Ebor instead of four. That meant a nice return for supporters of the well-backed Ben Vrackie, despite finishing a disappointing seventh. The best York Day Four offers will be published right here on Racing Tips.