York Ebor Day 1 Tips: Check out the best bets for Wednesday's racing

We pick out our best bets for day one of York's Ebor Festival on Wednesday
We pick out our best bets for day one of York's Ebor Festival on Wednesday

All eyes will veer to York racecourse this week as the Ebor Festival provides four fabulous days of top quality Flat action and we are set for some absolutely rip-snorting races between Wednesday and Saturday. We focus our attentions on day one of the fixture and pick out our best bets for Wednesday's racing...

13:50 York - Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap

Some battle-hardened sprint handicappers will take their chance in the opening race of the Ebor Festival, and this 5f 89y will see some York specialists line up with the hugely experienced duo of Copper Knight and Dakota Gold just two of those running with an excellent record on the Knavesmire, and both warrant significant respect.

However, the one to side with is Robert Cowell's ATALIS BAY, who was a listed winner of the Scurry Stakes earlier in his career, and the last twice he's found it hard to land a glove with tardy starts and traffic issues affecting his finishing position. Last seen finishing eighth at Goodwood off a mark of 98, he failed to get a clear run at the business part of the race, and having been dropped 1lb since that day then Wednesday's mark of 97 is eye-catching, and at 10/1 he is one to watch. Undoubtedly, he will need luck in running here with a bumper field going to post, but he's a class act on his day, and has to go very close if everything falls right on the day.

13:50 York - Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap
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15:00 York - Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes

Charlie Appleby claimed victory in the Great Voltigeur 12 months ago with Yibir and the Godolphin handler will have a strong hand in the 2022 renewal as he will saddle the well-fancied duo of Secret State and Walk Of Stars. Currently 2/1 and 9/2 shots, respectively, the latter has often blown more cold than hot during his career, and while he was touted as a potential Classic contender earlier in the season, he's often disappointed on the big stage, so can be ignored.

On the contrary, SECRET STATE has been one of the most progressive horses for the yard this season as having won at Chester and Nottingham he then went on to edge out Deauville Legend in the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot back in June. Kicking on from that fine handicap success he then outclassed his rivals at Glorious Goodwood in another handicap romp, and will now step up to Pattern company here. A best-priced 12/1 shot for the St Leger next month, Secret State will need to win this in style again if he is to be regarded a potential Leger horse, but there looks to be more to come over the coming months, and he could well notch up a fifth success on the bounce here.

15:00 York - Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes
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15:35 York - Juddmonte International Stakes

Nine wins from nine starts has launched Baaeed to the top of the tree in the Flat division, but the William Haggas-trained four-year-old will step out of his comfort zone in the Juddmonte International Stakes at 15:35, as the prolific miler will tackle 1m 2f for the first time, as he bids for a fourth Group 1 win this season.

Installed as a 2/5 favourite for the event, Baaeed is undoubtedly the star attraction in the race, and he's likely to have no issues seeing out the ten furlongs, but in MISHRIFF he has a proven top-class rival, who stormed to victory in this race in 2021, and at 4/1 looks to be excellent value against the favourite. The mile division lacks huge strength in depth, so while Baaeed has been impressive he hasn't beaten too many class acts this season, but Mishriff is certainly a proven Group 1 horse and he could shock the star here.

Second in the Eclipse at Sandown, Mishriff then finished third in the King George at Ascot, so while he's not got his head in front the John & Thady Gosden-trained raider has fought it out in some pretty tough races and ran with credit. Now returning to his favoured York, the second favourite can take Baaeed out of his comfort zone for the first time this season and he could well win the battle in the closing stages of the race.

15:35 York - Juddmonte International Stakes
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16:10 York - Sky Bet Stayers Handicap

The Lonsdale Cup is the star staying attraction later in the week, but the 16:10 contest is a fascinating handicap run over 2m 56y and a plethora of contenders will fancy their chances of landing this prize. An impressive winner at Glorious Goodwood, Master Milliner will go in search of a third win on the bounce and heads the betting, while the likes of Soapy Stevens, Zoffee and Alfred Boucher are another trio that are well fancied and should play a notable role.

However, there's an eye-catching handicap debutant at the top of the weights in the shape of Charlie & Mark Johnston's THUNDEROUS, who is a 10/1 chance, at the time of writing, but if he it at his best then he can defy top weight and storm to victory. He will have to give at least 9lbs away to all his rivals here, but it was only three months ago at the track that he chased Stradivarius home in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup. Beaten a length that day, Thunderous has failed to kick on and was last seen finishing sixth in the Goodwood Cup at the Glorious meeting, but a return to York could see him at his best.

He disappointed two starts ago in a York Group 3, when finishing last of three, but this contest should play more to his strengths, and while a mark of 109 will be tough to defy, he's the proven top-class performer in the race and has to be a leading contender, if producing his A game.

16:10 York - Sky Bet Stayers Handicap
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