York Ebor Races 2013: Predictions for Day 1
The first day of the Yorkshire Ebor Festival commences on Wednesday with six exciting races set to take place at York racecourse.
The Juddmonte International Stakes at 3.40 p.m. BST is the biggest race of the day, but there's plenty of other action to keep the crowds entertained.
The opening four races will be available to watch on Channel 4 in the UK from 1.35 p.m. BST.
Here's a guide on where you should put your money.
Race cards and odds courtesy of Racingpost.com.
1.55 p.m. BST—Symphony Group Stakes
The first race of the day is a five-and-a-half-furlong sprint handicap race, with 20 horses taking part.
Above Standard is the bookmakers' favourite at 7-1 but Face The Problem and Barnet Fair both look likely to push it all the way to the finish.
Our pick: Face The Problem 20-1
2.30 p.m. BST—Pinsent Masons LLP Acomb Stakes
This is a seven-furlong race specifically for two-year-olds. Only six horses will compete, meaning the odds will be much shorter than in the more open first race.
There are two standout performers in this race—The Grey Gatsby and First Flight—both of which won their first and so far only races impressively.
Our pick: The Grey Gatsby 11-8
3.05 p.m. BST—Great Voltigeur Stakes
This one-mile four-furlong race for three-year-olds is regarded as an excellent trial ahead of the St. Leger at Doncaster later this year.
Although there will be competition from Secret Number and Cap O'Rushes, Telescope can recover from a dip in form to triumph here.
Our pick: Telescope 6-4
3.40 p.m. BST—Juddmonte International Stakes
The most anticipated race of the day is this Group One clash between six horses over 10 furlongs.
Three-time Group One winner Al Kazeem is understandably the favourite, but talented three-year Toronado and Irish Derby winner Trading Leather will pose stiff competition.
Our pick: Toronado 7-4
4.20 p.m. BST—Lanstone Building Conservation Stakes
This race, which is just over two miles in length, will be contested by 17 horses aged anywhere between four and 11.
Form will be important, and Glorious Goodwood winner Broxbourne should be challenging near the front.
Our pick: Broxbourne
4.55 p.m. BST—BetVictor.com Stakes
This six-furlong Nursey handicap will see 17 two-year-old horses take part in the final race of the day.
It's difficult to pick a standout performer from the largely inexperienced field, but Jazz is worth an each-way bet.
Our pick: Jazz
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