York Ebor Meeting 2013: Thursday Underdog Runners Promising Big Purse Payouts

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 22, 2013

YORK, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25: Frankie Dettori riding Willing Foe (C, blue) win The Betfred Ebor from Royal Diamond (red/white cap) at York racecourse on August 25, 2012 in York, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Day 2 of York’s Ebor Festival means it’s Ladies’ Day in the north of England, with as much chance to make a quick buck as any.

Of course, that means looking at a couple of outside bets, the likes of which are out in force across the course of Thursday’s action, featuring a few wide fields.

Dating back 170 years, the Ebor meeting is one of the last of its kind in the flat season, putting even more emphasis on the urge to back an underdog or two come race time.

All odds provided courtesy of RacingPost.com.


Viva Verglas

1:55 p.m. BST, Yearling Stakes

Priced at decent odds considering his recent form, Viva Verglas sticks out as a potential moneymaker at 12-1 with a promising chance of a victory at York.

Thrown in with a gaggle of other, less experienced two-year-olds, the David Barron-trained colt should once again team up with Graham Gibbons.

With Gibbons as his jockey, Viva Verglas has never finished outside the top four of a race, winning its last three and making for a promising run in the Yearling Stakes.

What’s more, the young colt has grown used to this summer’s conditions and should ride well in another outing with good to firm going.


Pacific Heights

3:05 p.m. BST, Clipper Logistics Stakes

Suited well to a one-mile length of late, Pacific Heights has entered his last three races as the odds-on favourite, winning two of those and placing in a third.

The most recent of those was a triumph in Newcastle with conditions not dissimilar to the good to firm expected York on Thursday.

The four-year-old son of Galileo can be found priced as well as 14-1 in places and has the potential to overcome having not placed outside the top three since October 2012.

Only Wentworth and Queensberry Rules have been given shorter odds heading into the Clipper Logistics Stakes this Thursday, although in a field of 20, it’s all up for grabs.


Moment In Time

3:40 p.m. BST, Darley Yorkshire Oaks

In a fairly short field of just eight horses, it’s the biggest outsider, Moment in Time, who could be worth a punt in one of tomorrow’s last races.

The four-year-old filly can be found far at the rear of the pack at 28-1, but is worth a slight risk after winning two and finishing second in four of her last six races.

That being said, Martin Harley could only guide Moment of Time to 10th place in her last outing at Goodwood, leaving a lot of the impetus on tomorrow’s jockey to guide her well.

Only now in her career is the filly beginning to adjust to a length of over a mile, but she is riding well over that distance, provided the right jockey is aboard.