The Ebor Festival is one of the highlights of the flat racing calendar, with the Knavesmire hosting four days of top quality racing as thousands of people flock to York racecourse.
It all kicks off on Wednesday, which is known as Juddmonte International and the card features the Juddmonte International as the showcase race, along with the Great Voltigeur Stakes and Acomb Stakes.
These three races are all being shown on Channel 4, while bookmakers such as bet365 (£200 free bets) are also live streaming every race on Wednesday.
2.30 Sportingbet.com Acomb Stakes
This is a Group 3 race with thirteen horses entered and it looks to be a wide open contest with the bookmakers paying ¼ odds the first three places for any each-way punter. What also makes the Acomb Stakes a trappy race is that two-year-olds are naturally open to lots of improvement, although Furner’s Green is the worthy favourite at 7/2 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting).
The Aidan O’Brien-trained charge won well at Tipperary last month, although there are several horses that are boasting victories in their last (and sometimes only) outing. Entifaadha is a 5/1 chance with bet365, while Balty Boys (8/1 Coral) improved on a seventh placing at Newmarket to win at Newbury two weeks ago.
3.05 Sportingbet.com Great Voltigeur Stakes
This is a Group 2 contest featuring some very class horses and Seville has been heavily backed in the lead-up to this race, despite the fact that the 3-year-old has not won on any of his four outings this season. The Aidan O’Brien-trained charge has finished second on three occasions, although second place in the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris last month was nothing to sniff at.
Seville is 11/8 with bet365 to claim victory and faces a stern challenge from Sea Moon and Namibian, both of which won on their last race. Namibian registered victory in the Gordon Stakes at Glorious Goodwood after winning the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot, so perhaps the 9/2 about the Mark Johnston-trained charge is the value bet.
Sea Moon has only had one outing this season and claimed victory at York although this is a much sterner test and the horse might find one or two too good.
3.40 Juddmonte International Stakes
A disappointing entry of six horses for the showcase race on Wednesday, with Await The Dawn likely to be all the rage on a day where Aidan O’Brien could claim a hatful of wins at York. It is hard to pick a fault in the 10/11 favourite (Ladbrokes) after two impressive victories this season, including a triumph in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Midday (5/2 Hills) and Twice Over (5/1 Ladbrokes) are the only other horses with a realistic chance of victory, with Sir Henry Cecil having to work out the best tactics to try and beat Await The Dawn.