The 2013 York Ebor Races is all set for another six races on Day 3 of the British meet. Friday's competition represents the penultimate day of action from the York Racecourse and will warm onlookers up for Saturday's Ebor Handicap run.
Day 3 is also known as Nunthorpe Day and plays host to the coveted Nunthorpe Stakes. Punters will also be able to catch the Lonsdale Cup and Strensall Stakes in a tight but highly exciting schedule of races.
As we head toward the conclusion of the 2013 flat season, which races should you look out for at the Yorkshire gathering? Let's take a look at what Day 3 has to offer.
First race—1:55 p.m. BST
Kicking off the day is the Skybet Stakes. This handicap race takes place over one mile and four furlongs and includes Ed Walker's Willie Wag Tail as the early favourite. The four-year-old gelding has enjoyed a steady season and is likely to attract a slew of bets at the start of the day.
This Class 2 handicap race will be composed of 20 horses at a maximum, but it is Walker's breed that is peaking interest, even with a ninth-placed finish in its Day 1 outing at the track.
Second race—2:30 p.m. BST
Taking place across two miles and 88 yards, the Lonsdale Cup is one of the most anticipated races of the York Ebor Races. Usually held on the final day, its transition to Day 3 has left many fans cursing the changes, but fear not—there's plenty to get excited about as the Group 2 race features horses including Ahzeemah, Caucus, Simenon and Times Up.
Just the seven horses will line up for this one. Both Godolphin's Ahzeemah and M.J. Meacock's Times Up are current favourites. The latter captured victory in last year's corresponding race and is expected to make a significant push to become a double-winner.
Third race—3:05 p.m. BST
The Knavesmire plays host to a Strensall Stakes race that should be considered a warm-up to the main event. A selection of seven thoroughbreds at three years old and over will contend on a course that runs well when soft.
Last year's winner, a certain Frankie Dettori, is all set to reclaim his crown. Although he rode Dubai Prince in the competition 12 months ago, the 42-year-old Italian will be just as confident on the back of Archbishop. Dettori last picked up a win at Yarmouth and should have no problem seeing off the competition here.
Fourth race—3:40 p.m. BST
Now for the big one. The Nunthorpe Stakes is run over five furlongs and first took place in 1922. It is steeped in history and offers the winner a chance of claiming £250,000. Its popularity is heightened due to it being one of the only races that lets two-year-old horses compete with older competitors.
This year's favourite, Sole Power, sprang a hell of a surprise back in 2010. Winning at a remarkable 100/1 that day, Sabena Power's horse is fancied this time round. Frankie Dettori is also a favourite on the back of Shea Shea and could receive a plethora of bets if he performs in the previous race.
Fifth race—4:20 p.m. BST
The Convivial Maiden Stakes is an exciting way to begin closing the day. It features 13 horses that have yet to secure a win and offers the chance for one victor to heighten its stature in the racing world.
Such conditions ensure this is one of the toughest races to call for bettors. There is great value for money on each horse because this track of seven furlongs has the capacity to reward those who take a risk. Only Master the Card has made over £2,000 in career earnings, as reported by Channel 4 Racing.
Sixth race—4:55 p.m. BST
Although the Nationwide Accident Repair Services handicap race sounds ominous, 17 horses will see out the day in spectacular fashion. Made up exclusively of three-year-old competitors, this is the final chance for bettors to lay down cash before Saturday's finale.
King George River will be on show after injuring itself back in June. While it may be a huge risk to bet on a recently hurt horse, Alan Bailey will be confident of snatching improved winnings with the less likely odds. Tips for this one include Richard Hannon's Tamayuz Star and Richard Fahey's Majestic Moon, both of which should compete for the top spot.