York Ebor Festival Day 1 Tips: Check out our best bets on Wednesday

York Ebor Festival Day 1 Tips: We have three bets for Wednesday's racing.
York Ebor Festival Day 1 Tips: We have three bets for Wednesday's racing.

There's a sensational seven race card on day 1 of York's Ebor Festival, and you can check out our best bets for Wednesday's action here...

13:50 York - Sky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap

Its customary 5f sprint handicap kicks off proceedings at the 2021 Ebor Festival at York, and yet again a hugely competitive field line up for the event for what is sure to be a real head-scratcher for punters. Twenty two runners are declared for the contest at 13:50 and the Henry Candy-trained Twilight Calls and the William Haggas-trained Hurricane Ivor are battling it out for favouritism, at the time of writing. The former has been hugely progressive this season, but failed to deliver the goods off his new mark of 95 last time out at Goodwood, and this sort of test could come a little early in his three-year-old career.

However, HURRICANE IVOR makes huge appeal if he can bounce back from a disappointing, below-par run in the Stewards' Cup at Glorious Goodwood a few weeks ago. A dead-heat success at Sandown Park back in July was then followed up by a fine second placed finish in a hugely competitive renewal of the Betfred Heritage Handicap at Ascot off a mark of 99. The fourth that day, Tis Marvellous, has come out and won impressively at the Shergar Cup, but Hurricane Ivor failed to kick on as he struggled with the soft conditions at Goodwood, so a sounder surface on Wednesday should see him at his best. He will have to deliver the goods off a career high mark of 102, but with the Haggas stable in such magnificent form, Hurricane Ivor can show that he could be a potential Group horse in a handicap.

Mondammej was just behind Hurricane Ivor in that Ascot event, and will feature here, and he is sure to be doing all his best work late on, while the likes of last-time-out winner Whenthedealinsdone, Pendleton and Desert Safari add significant depth to the race.

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

Significant St Leger clues could emerge from the Great Voltigeur Stakes on day one of the Ebor Festival, as a number of the eight declarations are set for a trip to Doncaster next month for the final Classic of the season, but first of all there's a mouth-watering contest expected in this Group 2 event at 15:00. 

Charlie Appleby will unleash a dual-pronged attack at the race with Kemari spearheading his duo. An impressive one-and-a-half length victory in the Queen's Vase Stakes at Royal Ascot, Kemari will drop down in trip on Wednesday, but shaped like he could be a real classy performer and is open to more improvement. Yibir will add more depth to the Godolphin charge, but having won the Bahrain Trophy impressively he was well beaten in the Gordon Stakes, and may find this too tough.

Aidan O'Brien last won this race back in 2016 with Idaho and the Irish handler will have a trio of runners lining up with High Definition, Sir Lucan and The Mediterranean taking their chance. Sir Lucan impressed when finishing second in the Gordon Stakes, but it could be worth keeping the faith with High Definition, who was held in very high regard going into this season, but has just struggled to translate it on to the track. A smart season opener when third in the Dante Stakes at York, the Galileo colt was very disappointing when tenth in the Irish Derby at the Curragh on his last outing.

However, his two wins as a juvenile just showed the sort of classy performer he is, and if the O'Brien team can recapture that sort of form then he could prove to be a whole load classier than his rivals here. It will certainly be with some trepidation that you back HIGH DEFINITION, but having run well at York earlier in the season in his comeback run then a return to the Knavesmire could see him back to somewhere near his best, and a win in this event could see him target big things in the latter stages of the Flat campaign.

15:00 York - Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes
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High Definition


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15:35 York - Juddmonte International Stakes

Wednesday's showpiece is a real corking renewal of the Juddmonte International Stakes with some exciting three-year-olds locking horns with some experienced older horses and following the scratching of St Mark's Basilica it's now a wide open betting heat. Aidan O'Brien's team will be spearheaded by dual Classic-winning and multiple Group 1-winning filly Love, who impressed when winning the Prince Of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, but was no match for Adayar in the Coral-Eclipse last time out.

As well as Adayar, John & Thady Gosden's Mishriff got the better of Love in the Coral-Eclipse and that four-year-old is well fancied to go close on Wednesday. A Group 1 winner at Riyadh and Meydan this year, Mishriff has sparkled away from home soil, but has failed to get his head in front at the highest level on British turf, so he could be worth taking on, and it would be no surprise to see Love reverse the Sandown form.

The selection for the race is the William Haggas-trained MOHAAFETH, who was a winning machine during the first half of the season, but he failed to land a blow in Group 2 company last time out, and will be on the comeback trail in this event. Progressing through handicaps, the son of Frankel was a superb winner of the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot, but had no luck last time out at York when struggling to deal with a slow gallop, and he found himself too far back at the business end of the race.

This is much tougher than that race, so he will need to produce a career best, but if he can maintain a more prominent role through the early part of the race then he has shown this season that he has a fine turn of foot when needed, and he could be the one with significant improvement to come and he can score here.

15:35 York - Juddmonte International Stakes
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