Ebor Festival Day 4: Top Tug to take Ebor Handicap glory
Alan King’s gelding primed for big win
It’s day four of the Ebor Festival at York and there’s a cracking-looking Ebor Handicap to look forward to at 3:35.
This renewal is the richest handicap race in Europe and a notoriously difficult one to predict. Over the last 20 years, there have been 25/1, 33/1, and 100/1 winners.
Earlier in the day, there’s also the Strensall and Gimcrack Stakes to get stuck into.
The Coral News Team will look to guide you on the path to value.
Bet of the Day
What better place to begin with regards to today’s card than the Ebor Handicap, the feature race of the day.
One name, in particular, stands out among the crowd: Top Tug.
Alan King’s six-year-old won at Goodwood earlier in the month, has good form over this distance and is well-placed on the inside.
This is a wide-open race in general, but with a lot of boxes ticked, including generous odds, he’s the Bet of the Day.
Gosden to give a Master-class in Melrose
John Gosden’s Master Singer looks an interesting proposition in the Melrose Handicap at 2:25.
The three-year-old disappointed at Royal Ascot despite being well-backed and will need to improve substantially here, but certainly has the potential to go well.
At the current odds, it’s worth an each-way punt.
Conditions favour Johnston’s Cardsharp
The weekend’s forecast dry weather looks to favour one horse in particular during the Gimcrack Stakes and that’s Cardsharp.
Mark Johnston’s in-form two-year-old had an admittedly iffy showing at Goodwood but the soft conditions apparently didn’t favour him.
He will be under a 3lb penalty due to his July Stakes win but should run a strong race either way.
1:55 – Mustashry
2:25 – Master Singer
3:00 – Cardsharp
3:35 – Top Tug
4:10 – Angel Force
4:40 – Baydar
5:15 – Major Jumbo
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing