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It's the final day of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival on the Knavesmire this afternoon and we've previewed all of the action, including a cracking renewal of the £1-million Sky Bet Ebor, the richest handicap run on the Flat in Britain!
Take a look at our fancies for the seven-race card below:
1.50pm - Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strenstrall Stakes
This is a hot race, but Wissahickon could finally prove his striking talent in the extended mile contest. A decisive winner of the Cambridgeshire last year, he proved a revelation on the All-Weather earlier this term, before suffering defeat to Matterhorn in the Easter Classic. Not seen since, ground conditions are pivotal for him and the quick, drying ground on the Knavesmire will really suit. John Gosden and Frankie Dettori are in brilliant form and he looks like the one they all have to beat, highlighted by the fact that he is the highest-rated horse in the contest. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Zaaki disappointed when only seventh in G2 company last time out, but fast ground will also suit him, and he could be the main challenger.
ODDSbible Tip - Wissahickon
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2.25pm - Sky Bet Melrose Handicap
This looks wide open, but it could pay to side with the improving Land Of Oz as he bids to complete the five-timer for Sir Mark Prescott and Luke Morris. The three-year-old son of Australia has been on a real roll of late and this big field could suit. Eminence finished a good third in a warm handicap at Glorious Goodwood and the son of Sea The Stars looks a sound each-way bet. He has not finished out of the first three so far this term and his consistency makes him an attractive bet in the 14-furlong event.
ODDSbible Tip - Land Of Oz
3.00pm - Sky Bet City Of York Stakes
This race of course sees the return of G1 winning mare Laurens and if she is anywhere near her best, she would have leading claims. Successful in the G1 Prix Rothschild last time out in typical game fashion, the drop back to seven furlongs should not inconvenience her too much and it could pay to side with class reigning supreme in this event.
ODDSbible Tip - Laurens
3.40pm - Sky Bet Ebor Handicap
The richest handicap run on the flat in Britain and this year's renewal has attracted some outstanding horses. The market is currently headed by King's Advice, who has won eight of his nine starts for Mark Johnston. The son of Frankel produced a magnificent performance at Glorious Goodwood to win by a neck, having looked in trouble throughout the home straight, and his stamina-laden qualities could be vital in the 14-furlong contest. Others towards the head of the market include the lightly-raced Withhold who returned to action with a smooth success in the Marsh Cup at Newbury earlier this term. At bigger prices, Wells Farhh Go is clearly a Group horse in a handicap. Drying ground is a slight concern for Tim Easterby's charge, but he won easily in Listed company at Newmarket in June before going off too fast in the Goodwood Cup earlier this month. This trip should really suit and the fact that he has winning form on good to firm ground is a plus. Raymond Tusk also has Group form and he was not disgraced last year when sixth to Kew Gardens in the St Leger at Doncaster. Second to Dee Ex Bee in the Sagaro Stakes earlier this term, he has finished third to Crystal Ocean and seventh to Stradivarius on his last two starts. Dropping into handicap company for the first time in his career looks very notable and he could outrun his big odds here.
ODDSbible Tip - Wells Farhh Go
4.10pm - Julia Graves Roses Stakes
Donnacha O'Brien was confident that Alligator Alley would have won the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood if he got a clear passage and this drop back in grade makes him a strong facy for Listed honours this afternoon. Trained by Donnacha's brother Joseph, the two-year-old son of Kingman has progressed with every run this year and is of strong interest here.
ODDSbible Tip - Alligator Alley
4.45pm - Sky Bet Handicap
A tricky handicap puzzle to solve, but Forest Of Dean recorded an impressive victory at Glorious Goodwood for John Gosden and he is capable of following up here. Previously a good fourth to subsequent Group scorer Headman at Newbury, the three-year-old son of Iffraaj has more improvement to come and this race could suit.
ODDSbible Tip - Forest Of Dean
5.20pm - Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap
An ultra-competitive sprint handicap to finish the meeting, but the booking of Cieren Fallon aboard course and distance winner Recon Mission for Tony Carroll catches the eye. The three-year-old son of Kodiac scored at York back in June and was not disgraced when fourth at the Shergar Cup last time out. This big-field handicap over the straight six-furlongs could really suit.
ODDSbible Tip - Recon Mission
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