2019 Ebor Festival: Sky Bet Ebor Handicap – Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does the 2019 Sky Bet Ebor Handicap take place? Saturday 24th August, 2019 – 15:40 (UK)

Where is the 2019 Sky Bet Ebor Handicap taking place? York

What is the weather forecast for the 2019 Sky Bet Ebor Handicap? 26c with bright sunshine throughout the afternoon

What is the going at the 2019 Sky Bet Ebor Handicap? Good-good to firm in places

What television channel is the 2019 Sky Bet Ebor Handicap on? This race will be shown live on ITV1

Where can I stream the 2019 Sky Bet Ebor Handicap? This race can be streamed live on ITV Player

Who won last year’s Sky Bet Ebor Handicap? Muntahaa – Jim Crowley/John Gosden

KEY FACTORS

  • The Ebor Handicap is the feature race of the 2019 Ebor Festival and it should be an enthralling race with a 22-runner field set to battle it out for the £600,000 prize money for first place.
  • John Gosden enjoyed a 1-2 in this race last year and with a winner on each of the three days during the Ebor Festival so far, he will hope to continue that run with another first place from either of his runners Weekender or Ben Vrackie in this one.
  • A wide draw has not been a deterrent in this race in the past with six of the last seven winners coming from stall 15 or higher and that could be good news for some of the well-fancied horses with Baghdad (18), King’s Advice (19) and Ben Vrackie (22) all receiving wide draws.

ANALYSIS

This is an extremely competitive and high-quality handicap field thanks to the increased prize money on offer this year. There are plenty of likeable sorts such as Withhold who is unbeaten in this class but a 6lb rise from his last run could be too much whilst Ben Vrackie should be in the mix but Baghdad makes most appeal with the Frankel colt likely to benefit from the longer trip.

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