York Ebor Festival Tips Day 1: Your guide to the opening day

York Wednesday Tips: Day 1

Time Race Our Tip Place Bet
1:45pm  Skybet & Symphony Group Stakes  TBC Place Bet
2:15pm  Tattersalls Acomb Stakes  TBC Place Bet
2:45pm  Skybet Great Voltigeur Stakes  TBC Place Bet
2:45pm  Juddmonte International Stakes  TBC Place Bet
3:15pm  Sky Bet Stakes  TBC Place Bet
3:45pm  Sky Bet Sprint Handicap  TBC Place Bet
4:20pm  Sky Bet Nursery  TBC Place Bet

The York Festival gets under way with a top quality card which features the Juddmonte International Stakes over ten furlongs. Ghaiyyath made all the running to beat Enable in the Eclipse and William Buick will almost certainly repeat those tactics at York. The Group 2 Voltigeur Stakes is an important trial for the St Leger at Doncaster and Aidan O’Brien will be seeking his fourth win in the race.

Wednesday 13:55 York Tips: Sky Bet & Symphony Group Handicap

The Festival begins with a typically tricky York sprint over an extended five furlongs. Punters got off to a great start in 2019 when Dakota Gold completed a hat-trick of victories for trainer Michael Dods and jockey Connor Beasley. The gelding went on to win the listed Garrowby Stakes on this course and the Rous Stakes at Ascot. Dakota Gold was the only winning favourite in this race since 2010.

Tattersalls Acomb Stakes

The Acomb Stakes kicks off the Group race action for the week, a Group 3 for two-year-olds over seven furlongs. The Acomb has produced Classic winners King’s Best (1999), Rule Of Law (2003) and Phoenix Of Spain (2018). There have been only two winning favourites in the past ten seasons; Roger Charlton’s Dundonnell (2012) and the William Haggas-trained Recorder (2015). Most winners of this race had chalked up a previous success.

Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes

The Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes is a Group 2 race for three-year-old colts and geldings over a mile and a half. The race is named after the 1850 Yorkshire-trained Derby winner and usually attracts colts who ran in the Epsom Classic. Reference Point (1987) was the last Derby winner to be successful here and the race is often a good guide to the St Leger at Doncaster. Logician won both races last year, following in the footsteps of Milan (2001), Rule Of Law (2004) and Lucarno (2007).

Aidan O’Brien appears to have a vice-like grip on this year’s St Leger betting and is currently responsible for seven of the first nine in the ante-post betting. The Irish Derby could provide the key to this race with O’Brien able to choose between any of the first three home; Santiago, Tiger Moth and Dawn Patrol. Epsom Derby winner Serpentine and recent Goodwood winner Mogul are other possible entries from Ballydoyle.

Ghaiyyath has been earmarked for the Juddmonte International by trainer Charlie Appleby

Ghaiyyath has been earmarked for the Juddmonte International by trainer Charlie Appleby

Juddmonte International Stakes

Charlie Appleby’s Ghaiyyath has been earmarked for this race ever since he lowered the colours of dual Arc winner Enable in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park. Enable could renew rivalry but a final decision will rest on the state of the ground. Trainer John Gosden has indicated that the mare will run in the mile and a half Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday if the ground is fast.

Stable companion Lord North, a late withdrawal from the Eclipse, is almost certain to line up here after his impressive victory in Ascot’s Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. Last year’s winner Japan had no answer to Enable in the King George but could revert to his optimum trip at York. Aidan O’Brien also has the option to run Magical, a comfortable winner of two Group 1 races at the Curragh already this season.

Sky Bet Handicap

The Sky Bet Handicap provides York punters with another difficult puzzle over an extended two miles. Olympiad (2012) and Magic Circle (2017) were winning favourites. The latter was trained by Ralph Beckett who followed up in 2018 with 12-1 chance Here And Now. Heartbreak City won this race for Tony Martin in 2015 and returned the following year to land the Ebor Handicap. There have also been shock winners here including Dazinski at 20-1 (2011) and Edge Of Sanity at 25-1 (2014).

Sky Bet Nursery Handicap

Nursery Handicap races are notoriously difficult at this time of year and this six furlong race is no exception. The average winning SP for this race is around 13-1 over the past ten seasons including a 33-1 shock and two 20-1 winners. The most recent of those was Owney Madden a year ago, trained by Martyn Meade and ridden by Rob Hornby. Local trainer Richard Fahey has a good record here with three winners in eight years.

York Day One Betting Offers

There will be some terrific York betting offers for the opening day of the meeting. Paddy Power York new customer offers could include a special price on the favourite to small stakes in the Juddmonte International. Paddy Power don’t forget their existing customers and regularly provide a free £5 bet on the first televised race at festival meetings.

York Tips Tomorrow

York Day Two tips are likely to revolve around the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks. Love is certain to be NAP of the day for a lot of tipsters after her scintillating victory in the Epsom Oaks. Ladies’ day may not have the fashion this year due to the coronavirus but there will be plenty of high class fillies on display. The supporting card includes the Group 2 Lowther Stakes for two-year-olds and the Listed Galtres Stakes.