Horse Racing Tips – Friday 23rd August 2019 – Ebor Festival Day 3, York
- 1.55 at York – Mandarin each way at 15/2 with Coral
- 2.25 at York – Stradivarius to win at 4/9 with Ladbrokes
- 3.00 at York – Spartan Fighter each way at 8/1 with bet365
- 3.35 at York – Battaash to win at 9/4 with BetVictor
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Horse Racing Tips Today – Friday 23rd August 2019 at the Ebor Festival
1.55 at York – Mandarin each way at 15/2
The open race of the penultimate day of the 2019 Ebor Festival is the Sky Bet Handicap which is open to runners aged three years and older that have official ratings up to 105. Run over a distance of a mile and a half, the race is primarily for horse who were never really going to make the grade in the highest quality races in the land, but that’s not to say there aren’t some talented steads to watch.
Ed Walker’s Irish four year old Caradoc, for instance, has won at Newmarket, Windsor and Chepstow in the past and currently has a favourable weight for this one that could see the odds of 6/1 look rather generous. For us though, the 15/2 shot Mandarin is the one to back.
With two wins, two seconds and a third place finish in the last five races, this Ian Williams-trained five year old is enjoying a good run of form and we expect that to continue at York today.
2.25 at York – Stradivarius to win at 4/9
The Lonsdale Cup Stakes at 2.25 at York is a monster trip at two miles and half a furlong, and though there are some decent runners, in reality this Group 2 race is about the favourite alone: Stradivarius. The Josh Gosden master-stayer has won eight on the bounce including the Goodwood Cup last time out and the Ascot Gold Cup in June. Can he be beaten here? We don’t think so.
Priced at odds of just 4/9 to get the victory, in all likelihood Frankie Dettori will guide Stradivarius to victory with as much ease as he did when taken Enable to her latest win. In short: get on the Strad.
3.00 at York – Spartan Fighter each way at 8/1
The Gimcrack Stakes is up next at the Ebor and the pace increases in this six furlong dash for colts and geldings aged two years. The strong favourite for this Group 2 race is the Richard Hannon-trained Threat who won on debut at Newmarket in May and then placed second in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood. He’s clearly got talent, but at that price we’re willing to oppose him.
Instead we are opting for the second favourite, Spartan Fighter, who is trained by Declan Carroll. He won last time out over five and a half furlongs at this course and that came on the back of victory at Ripon in June. At 8/1 we think he could sneak the win or at the very least grab a place.
3.35 at York – Battaash to win at 9/4
The race of the day is the Nunthorpe Stakes, a five furlong sprint that promises to be well worth watching. At the head of the betting we have the Aidan O’Brien-trained Ten Sovereigns and the Charles Hills-trained Battaash, and either of these could prevail.
Ten Sovereigns won the July Cup at Newmarket last time out but was only fourth in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Battaash, meanwhile, would the Qatar Stake at Glorious Goodwood, was second in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and won the Temple Stakes at Haydock. It’s going to be quite a clash, but we’re plumping for Battaash to just about edge it.