One of the most anticipated horse racing meetings of the year gets underway at York this week as they welcome crowds to the Ebor Festival. A highlight of the Yorkshire Racing Calendar, punters are treated to four days of racing on the Knavesmire, and we’ll have all of the latest York Horse Racing Tips for all of the feature races.
2021 Ebor Festival Betting Tips
Nap of the Day
Space Blues - 3:00 York (City of York Stakes)
The Godolphin colours are a familiar sight on the Knavesmire, and it’s those which partner the horse who is our Nap of the Day in our Ebor Festival Betting Tips. Space Blue started the season strongly with a win in Saudi Arabia, and even though he returned to racing at Goodwood in the Lennox Stakes after a 122-day break, he didn’t show his 2020 unbeaten form. However, a run here should help his cause, and he could get back to winning ways.
Dark Horse of the Day
Brunch - 1:50 York (Skybet and Symphony Group Strensall Stakes)
As we look across the cards for our Dark Horse of the Day Ebor Festival Betting tip, we’re heading to the first race on the card as we selected Michael Dod’s trained Brunch. A winner last time out at Pontefract on better ground, he’s also featured at York already this season where he finished a creditable second behind Kynren during the Dante Festival. With William Buick in the saddle, he’s certainly one to watch here as we expect him to challenge in the closing stages of the race.
Longshot of the Day
Fujiara Prince - 3:35 York (Ebor Handicap)
We’re heading to the biggest race of the entire festival as we pick our final betting tip in the Ebor itself. A 16/1 chance in the betting, Fujiara Prince, was the winner of this race last season, priced at 11/2 for trainer Roger Varian. Usually, a horse which seems to favour the latter part of the season given her placings in the Irish St Leger and the Long Distance Cup in September and October last year, and even though he’s only had one run this season here at the Knavesmire back in July, we think his price is way too high.
Longshot of the Day
El Astronaute - 1:50 York (Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap)
It may only be 18 days since his last run, but El Astronaute always provides a strong account of himself. Second at Goodwood back in July, he returned to racing back in May with a win at Chester after a 242 days break. He seems to prefer softer ground, so if rain should come to York, it will offer Jason Quinn’s horse the chance to build on what is already a strong record on soft ground.
Top Trainers and Jockeys At The Ebor Festival
Before the racecards are even confirmed for the Festival’s opening day, two names every punter will look out for are Frankie Dettori and John Gosden. Impressing once again this season, Dettori was crowned top jockey at Royal Ascot with six winners across the week, and he always seems to know how to pull a winner out of the bag at York.
In terms of trainers, Gosden has a fairly decent strike rate at York with 16 wins from 65 runners, although it’s worth noting that he only tends to send runners to the North for the big occasions. But, if you’re looking for other trainers, then William Haggas and Tim Easterby are always big names to monitor.
Ebor Festival Betting Schedule
Wednesday 18th August
|1:55||Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap||-||2||5f 89y|
|2:25||Tattersalls Acomb Stakes||3||1||7f|
|3:00||Sky Bet Great Voltiguer Stakes||2||1||1m 4f|
|3:35||Juddmonte International Stakes||1||1||1m 2 1/2f|
|4:15||Sky Bet Handicap||-||2||2m 1/2f|
|4:45||IRE Incentive, It Pays to Buy Irish Stakes||-||2||5f|
|5:20||Sky Bet Nursery Handicap||-||2||6f|
Thursday 19th August
|1:50||Sky Bet Lowther Stakes||2||1||6f|
|2:25||Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes||-||2||6f|
|3:00||Clipper Logistics Handicap||-||2||1m|
|3:35||Darley Yorkshire Oaks||1||1||1m 4f|
|4:10||OR8 Wellness EBF Stallions Nursery Handicap||-||2||7f|
|4:45||British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes||-||1||1m 4f|
|5:20||British Stallion Studs EBF Fillie’s Handicap||-||2||7f|
Friday 20th August
|1:50||Sky Bet Handicap||-||2||1m 4f|
|2:25||Lonsdale Cup||2||1||2m 1/2f|
|3:35||Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes||1||1||5f|
|4:10||British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes||-||2||7f|
|4:40||Assured Data Protection EBF Fillies’ Handicap||-||2||1m 2 1/2f|
|5:20||Sky Bet Mile Handicap||-||2||1m|
Saturday 21 August
|1:50||Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strenshall Stakes||3||1||1m 1f|
|2:25||Sky Bet Melrose Handicap||-||2||1m 6f|
|3:00||Sky Bet City Of York Stakes||2||1||7f|
|3:40||Sky Bet Ebor Handicap||-||2||1m 6f|
|4:10||Julia Graves Rose Stakes||-||1||5f|
|4:45||Sky Bet Handicap||-||2||1m 2 1/2f|
|5:20||Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap||-||2||5f|
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