Wednesday, August 23, 2023

York Ebor Festival Day 1 (Wed 23rd Aug 2023 )

Quite disappointing turnout for the feature races at York on day one .With only four runners in the G1 Juddmonte International & five runners in the G2 Great Voltigeur .

Not easy to find any value in these small field races ,so will concentrate on one the main supporting races .The Sky Bet Stayers Handicap .

Sky Bet Stayers Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) (3yo+) Winner £51,540 14 runners 2m56y Good To Firm ITV (STALLS Inside) 
race conditions  £100,000 guaranteed For  3yo+ Weights  highest weight 9st 12lb NOTE: Any horse rated above 110 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 12lb. Subsequently, the excess over 110 in any rating shall be allotted to that horse without limitation to the highest weight to be carried. Weight raised  8 Minimum weights: 8-2; Penalties  after August 12th, each race won, 3yo 6lb; 4-6yo 5lb; 7yo+ 4lb Solent Gateway's Handicap Mark  95 Entries  25 pay £500 Penalty value  1st  £51,540.00 2nd  £24,170.00 3rd  £12,090.00 4th  £6,040.00 5th  £3,020.00 6th  £1,510.00 
The Andrew Balding 4-Y-0 Sea The Stars Colt AZTEC EMPIRE looks interesting after putting in two solid efforts in competitive staying handicaps,including finishing good third at Newbury behind Ebor favourite Sweet William in class two handicap ,also finished creditable third in Northumberland Plate at Newcastle behind Calling The Wind last month .Odds around 5-1 look solid each-way value , especially with Skybet paying 5 places .
Of the others the in form  Robert James  should go well ,having already won five times this season ,including winning here at York over C/D last month .Seems to handle any ground having won three times on quick surface .Has taken hike in the weights ,though can't be ruled out in wide open race .
0.50 PTS EACH-WAY @ 5-1 SKYBET (1/5 ODDS 1-2-3-4-5)

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