We’re finishing off our York races tips for this year’s Ebor meeting with seven selections for Saturday’s cracking card.
The £250,000 Ebor Handicap is the big betting event on the fourth and final afternoon, backed up by other wide-open handicaps and some high-class contests.
1.50 LORD GLITTERS
David O’Meara’s valiant veteran won the Group 3 Strensall Stakes two years ago before tilting at windmills in the Juddmonte International last term.
He returns here in good heart after a solid third in the York Stakes on the Knavesmire last month and the recent rain shouldn’t hamper his chances, as he was a multiple scorer on soft ground in France during his younger days.
2.25 FAVORITE MOON
Went into many notebooks when a staying-on second at Doncaster and confirmed that promise by landing some big bets at Haydock.
Relished a step up in distance that day and showed he can handle a bit of cut in the ground, so William Haggas’ lightly-raced gelding ticks plenty of boxes.
3.00 SAFE VOYAGE
June’s neck second to Space Blues at Haydock reads really well, as that rival has since gone on to claim three more victories, including a Group 1 triumph in France.
Safe Voyage went one better himself at Epsom the following month to make it 10 career wins and he did not enjoy a clear passage when a close fourth in the Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Trainer John Quinn commented: “I’ve been very happy with him since and this looks like the right race for him.”
3.40 VERDANA BLUE
Nicky Henderson’s admirable mare drops down in trip for the Ebor after finishing second of 19 behind Coeur De Lion (pictured above) when well backed for the 2m 4f Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting.
This seven-time scorer over hurdles has a lovely cruising speed, though, so the feeling is that she will be comfortable coming with a smooth run off a strong pace.
“We’re coming back six furlongs in trip, but she loves two miles on fast ground over hurdles at Kempton, so a mile and six on the Flat should be perfect,” declared Henderson.
4.10 BEN MACDUI
Kevin Ryan’s juvenile followed up a comfortable Hamilton success on debut by chasing home the heavily-backed Steel Bull in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and it will be unlucky if he meets anything of that calibre here.
Relished a move up to 10 furlongs when scoring by five lengths at Goodwood last time and this son of Dubawi looks worth sticking with in our York races tips.
5.10 SAMPERS SEVEN
Made all to land an impressive course and distance victory on his most recent outing and Mick Appleby appears to mean business again here judged on the booking of crack apprentice Cieren Fallon.
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