York Ebor Races 2013: Predictions for Day 1

Joe StrangeContributor IAugust 21, 2013

NEWBURY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17:  Robert Havlin riding Thomas Hobson (R) win The Betfred Watch Fred's Pushes On Betfred TV Handicap Stakes at Newbury racecourse on August 17, 2013 in Newbury, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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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. BSTSymphony 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. BSTPinsent 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. BSTGreat 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. BSTJuddmonte 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. BSTLanstone 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. BSTBetVictor.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