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Ebor Festival Day 1: Moore to mount winner in Juddmonte International

Aidan O’Brien set to get off to a flyer

The eyes of the racing world will descend upon York on Wednesday as the Ebor Festival kicks off in spectacular fashion.

And a cracking Juddmonte International renewal sets the tone on day one of the four-day extravaganza.

In what is always regarded as one of the top races of the flat season, Churchill, Ulysses, Barney Roy and Cliffs of Moher will all battle it out for glory.

The Coral News Team will look to guide you along the way on the opening day’s racing…

Bet of the Day

What better place to start than the day’s feature race at 3.35, the Juddmonte International.

The current odds about Churchill look plump considering his dual Oaks success, Aidan O’Brien’s record as a five-time winner of this particular race, and the fact that Ryan Moore is onboard.

Yes, he’ll go up against a high-quality field, but O’Brien reckons he’s got so much more in the tank and that’s a frightening prospect, frankly.

Having not run since Royal Ascot, he will be well-rested ahead of this one and is the Bet of the Day.

Battle of the Frankel Sons

Cracksman and Mirage Dancer go head-to-head in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at 3.00.

Both sons of the great Frankel stand an excellent chance of victory here, with the odds suggesting the former should streak to the win.

Even with Frankie Dettori onboard, the odds are a little short and the 11/2 on Sir Michael Stoute’s three-year-old look very appealing.

Connections suggest there’s a lot more to come from him so, at the much larger price, it’s worth a punt on the progressive Mirage Dancer.

Goodwood winner can repeat success

It’s worth backing favouritism in this renewal of the Acomb as Mark Johnston’s Dee Ex Bee looks primed for more glory after a big Glorious Goodwood win.

With an inside stall, and the faster surface likely to suit, this two-year-old should take some stopping from the off.

York Selections:

1.55pm – Moviesta
2:25pm – Dee Ex Bee
3.00pm – Mirage Dancer
3.35pm – Churchill
4.15pm – Theydon Grey
4.35pm – Savalas

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing