Ebor betting and odds
The most valuable flat handicap in Europe, the Betfred Ebor concludes four excellent days of racing on the Knavesmire as York race-goers say goodbye to the Ebor festival for another year, writes Mikey Mumford. The race over 1m6f sees twenty runners gunning for the top prize of £130,000 with several vying for favouritism. Tactician runs for Her Majesty the Queen but Godolphin’s Lost In The Moment looks like going off market leader with the ever popular Frankie Dettori aboard.
York Ebor odds
Fox Hunt – Never quite going the pace to challenge at Goodwood last time but finished a close fourth on good to firm ground. That was over 2 miles but has shown his liking for 1m6f here at York running Tactician close in the John Smith’s Silver Cup. Silvestre De Sousa is banging in the winners this campaign and has a better chance than some here; each-way claims.
Lost In The Moment – A series of second place finishes have not earned this horse the plaudits he deserves. Lost out to stablemate Opinion Poll at Goodwood last time after making rapid late headway and has put in some likeable efforts over 1m2f. He stays this trip fine and expecting a big run for top connections.
Saptapadi Had excuses the last twice when not getting a clear run here at York over 1m2f. Yet to win over this trip but gives the impression he will appreciate this middle distance and granted some luck in running he could make the frame. Brian Ellison’s stable are in decent form and no surprise to him go close.
Tactician – A game win over course and distance latest gives Her Majesty The Queen and Michael Bell an excellent chance here. Had the beating of a couple of those he will face here and goes well on good ground which he is likely to get. Everything looks in place for a good run under young jockey Joseph O’Brien.
Mount Athos – Despite winning a fairly ordinary 60-100 Handicap at Dundalk on his reappearance this year he’s struggled upped in grade and class. A course and distance winner in 2010 though, he may appreciate the return to this track and possibilities if it he can rediscover his old form.
Harlestone Times Disappointing the last twice when not going the pace to threaten in the Northumberland Plate on his penultimate start. Has to reverse that form with a lot of these rivals and would appreciate a little bit of rain if he is going to challenge. He is a top performer on his day but hard to have confidence after being brushed aside easily in big field handicaps before.
Modun – Classy 4yo who was unlucky to Goodwood last time when he just got going a little too late to reach eventual winner here at York. Won on his return this year at Newbury on good to firm but yet to race beyond 1m4f but expect him to appreciate the extra distance and expected to be in the mix for Richard Hughes and Sir Michael Stoute.
Blissful Moment – Couple of seconds this year at Ascot behind Fox Hunt last time who he’ll meet here were not all that bad. Lightly raced sort who likes to be up with the pace but yet to be tried beyond 1m4f and would have reservations about him staying; should give a good account nevertheless.
Another big handicap and plenty in with chances but it would be no surprise to see Modun impress over slightly further but he has a tendency to get going a little late. Saptapadi should be thereabouts granted a bit of luck in running but the vote goes to Lost In The Moment who caught the eye over 2 miles at Goodwood last time. [Mikey Mumford]
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