5 Things to Watch Out For at York
York’s Ebor Festival has long held prestige in Britain’s Racing Calendar. The meeting was first established in 1843 with the first running of the Ebor Handicap and since then the meeting has only gained further impetus, boasting feature races across the sprint, middle distance, fillies & mares and stayers’ categories.
With four days of top racing to look forward to we’ve listed five things to watch out for over the course of the meeting below.
Enable’s Last Hurrah In Britain?
If it is to be believed the Queen of Racing, Enable, may well bow out of racing following this year Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, likely making the Yorkshire Oaks her final visit to a British racecourse. John Gosden’s mare is no doubt one of the best in training and her name will forever be etched in history with a CV to match the very best to have ever taken to the track. Alongside superstar companion Frankie Dettori, the pair will be hoping that they can continue their unbeaten streak and go out in style with a second victory in the Yorkshire Oaks.
Tune into the main ITV channel at 3:30 on Thursday to watch the Queen of Racing and the mercurial Italian take to the Knavesmire one final time. In the meantime relive her epic battle with Crystal Ocean last time out.
What a race it was!
Hats off to Crystal Ocean who served it up to ENABLE👑 as best he could, but she was just too good.pic.twitter.com/ysR9DJBfPn
— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) July 27, 2019
The Highest Rated Racehorse
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Crystal Ocean, currently rated the world’s best racehorse is all set to go to post in an already star studded Juddmonte International.
Second to Enable in a ding dong battle at Ascot last time out, his quest for further Group 1 glory becomes no easier with Ireland-based duo Japan and Circus Maximas declared for York’s premier contest.
The race has consistently been ranked in the top 5 highest-rated races in the world and this year there looks set to be no different. Tune in at 3:35pm on Wednesday to take in what should be a cracking sporting spectacle.
Money Bags Stradivarius
When the Wetherby’s Hamilton Million Pound Stayers bonus was created many within the sport dismissed it as too tough to achieve. Little did they know one of the greatest stayers of all time would come to the fore. Trained and ridden by iconic duo, masters Gosden and Dettori, the 5-year-old won the bonus last year and only has this Friday’s Lonsdale Cup left in his sights as he looks to land it in back-to-back renewals. The classy stayer is the one to beat and all eyes will be on him come Friday!
STRADIVARIUS is all class as he equals Double Trigger’s record of three Qatar Goodwood Cups!
What an outstanding stayer he is 👏👏👏pic.twitter.com/MFK57tA2n9
— Champions Series (@ChampionsSeries) July 30, 2019
One Million Pound Ebor
British racing’s most expensive handicap takes place on the final day of the meeting and is run over a distance of just under 1 mile and 6 furlongs. With 22 runners set to line up you’d be a smart punter to accurately predict the winner.
Mark Johnston’s King’s Advice leads the market and has continually defied the handicapper this year having notched a remarkable 8 victories in 9 runs. He’s not the only one that may well be a Group horse in a handicap. Both Salouen and Wells Farhh Go have proved themselves in more prestigious company previously and only serve to make the famous handicap another wonderful spectacle.
Top Two-Year Olds
Aside from the feature races, The Ebor festival plays host to a number of top juvenile races which ably act as a top-notch supporting cast. Thursday’s card features leading juvenile Liberty Beach up against James’ Tate’s unbeaten Under The Stars in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes. Elsewhere, Monarch Of Egypt ran an eye catching second behind Ger Lyons unbeaten Siskin a fortnight ago and Aiden O’Brien’s speedy youngster looks set to go again in an exciting clash with Richard Hannon’s Threat in Friday’s Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes.