The Yorkshire Ebor Festival gets underway at York tomorrow in what is expected to be the last time we see some of the season’s stars this year.
Juddmonte International Stakes (Group 1)
Coral-Eclipse winner Al Kazeem is set to take on the Sussex Stakes victor Toronado, in what is sure to be a thrilling contest between two phenomenal horses.
The former beat last year’s derby winner Camelot with relative ease earlier in the season, before cruising home in front of today’s opponent Declaration Of War last time and is the leading 1m2f horse of the season as a result.
So things are sure to be difficult for Richard Hannon’s 3 year-old who finally managed to beat Dawn Approach when they recently locked horns for the third time this term. He is currently 13/8 second favourite with Boylesports and although he is not used to 1m2f, a huge effort is guaranteed which gives him every chance of another win.
Roger Charlton’s class act leads the betting at a short 6/4 best price with BetVictor, however this should be his hardest challenge to date. Trading Leather and Hillstar are another two who are sure to put pressure the favourites.
Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2)
The previous race is another competitive one, with Telescope the short-priced market leader. Stan James are offering 13/8 for a return to success for the 3- year-old, although it certainly will not be easy.
Cap o’Rushes is likely to mount the greatest challenge upon the favourite, following the closely contested win at Goodwood Festival last time out. Secret Number is the other Godolphin entry who is bound to run well at decent odds of 5/1 with most firms.
Spillway also cannot be ignored under Tom Queally and represents the largest value; currently 16/1 with Coral.
Pinsent Masons LLP Acomb Stakes (Group 3)
The Pinsent Masons LLP Acomb Stakes is the Group 3 contest that may well provide punters with the trickiest race of the meeting. First Flight and The Grey Gatsby both come here on the back of maiden wins and both started poorly before finishing well.
The former may struggle here though, with 8/1 shot, Il Paparazzi and Brazos looking more appealing. The Grey Gatsby looks to be the strongest here though and had Brazos behind when winning last time. He is currently 6/4 favourite with most firms and another win looks likely for Kevin Ryan’s colt.
The Symphony Group Stakes is a wide open renewal which is sure to provide some fascinating action for punters. Above Standard is the market leader with Coral offering the best price of 8/1. He has continued to improve over 5f this year and there looks more to come under Graham Gibbons.
Bogart and Demora are two more interesting contenders, whilst Doctor Parkes and Cheviot represent decent each-way value.
Broxbourne struggled to get into the race last time at Ascot, however he won well at Goodwood before that in a decent race. He is likely to go off favourite here although Ed Dunlop will be hoping Homeric, who beat him last time round will do so once more.
Flashman won over course and distance previously and warrants serious respect here at 8/1 and Eagle Rock could be worth a small bet after winning here two races ago.
The final race of the first day is another hugely competitive one with a number of horses in with a fine chance. The favourite, Ventura Quest looks promising, however Banaadeer and Tanseeb should not be ignored at decent value.
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