York Ebor latest odds, news and free bets: Wed 22 August

The York Ebor Festival is one of the prestigious flat racing meetings in the UK calendar, with some of the best horses in the world descending on the Knavesmire to compete for some big prize pots

Wednesday is traditionally known as Juddmonte International Day and racegoers are in for a treat thanks to the fact that Frankel is running in the showcase race, with the unbeaten superstar upping his trip to run 1 mile 2 furlongs, while the Great Voltigeur Stakes looks to be a vintage renewal.

Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes 3:05
Six horses are entered for this Group 2 contest and every runner has more than a lively chance, with these three year-olds having all claimed at least one win this season. In the case of Noble Mission, it has been three victories and two second places, although odds of 9/2 (William Hill) are available about the Sir Henry Cecil horse.

Main Sequence is the favourite and David Lanigan saw his charge run reasonably well at Longchamp a month ago when finishing fourth in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris. Some good horses were beaten and perhaps this classy individual will prove too strong on Wednesday.

Not that you can discount anything in the race, although Energizer and Thought Worthy have a lot to find in this race, while Encke ticks more of the right boxes and could be tussling with Main Sequence all the way to the finish. There was barely anything between him and Noble Mission last time out.

Juddmonte International Stakes 3:40
There is only one horse that people want to discuss here, with Frankel entered against eight rivals, although there’s a chance that we will see a few runners drop out as we get nearer to off time.

There’s not a lot left to say about this wonderful four-year-old who claimed victory in the Sussex Stakes with relative ease after hacking up in the Queen Anne’s Stakes at Royal Ascot although a step up in trip means that some will be tempted in by the odds of 1/6.

The Sir Henry Cecil-trained charge did not look quite so comfortable at Glorious Goodwood as previous showings, although a six-length victory was still pretty impressive, with total earnings set to break the £2 million barrier in this race.

What can possibly stop Tom Queally from steering Frankel to a famous win and taking another step towards making history? Farhh might benefit from the extra two furlongs and Saeed Bin Suroor is quietly confident that the four-year-old can run a big race at 12/1.

Even so, it appears that St Nicholas Abbey could be the spanner in the works, with the O’Brien team looking to steal the limelight from Frankel and the five-year-old is an 11/2 chance.

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