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Ebor Festival Day Four Tips - All seven races covered on Ebor day at York

  • We take a look through the card on the final day of the Ebor Festival
  • The Ebor Handicap is the biggest betting race of the week
  • There's also the Strensall Stakes and the City Of York Stakes to take in
  • We have all seven races covered at York on Saturday
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Dark Vision (right) beating Montatham (left) at Royal Ascot. (Getty)

We take a look through all seven races on Ebor Handicap day at York and provide readers with our Ebor Festival day four tips.

The fourth and final day at York is headlined by the namesake race of the festival, the Ebor Handicap. Punters also have a handful of other excellent races to enjoy, so let's dive straight into our final day selections.

Ebor Festival Day Four Card


Time
Title
1:50pmSky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3) 1m1f
2:25pmSky Bet Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m6f
3:00pmSky Bet City Of York Stakes (Group 2) 7f
3:40pmSky Bet Ebor Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m6f
4:10pmJulia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed Race) 5f
4:40pmSky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 1m2½f
5:10pmSky Bet Apprentice Handicap (Class 2) 5f

Ebor Festival Day Four Tips


Race 1 - Strensall Stakes Tips


Dark Vision1:50pm Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (Group 3) 1m1f6/1 INTO 5/1
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The best seasonal form here belongs to DARK VISION, who really seems to have found his feet as a four-year-old. Following a narrow defeat to Sir Busker on his reappearance, Mark Johnston's charge then scored impressively in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, where the ground was on the slower side of good.

Montatham - who boosted Dark Vision's form earlier in the week - then turned the tables on his foe, thanks to a six-pound weight shift at Sandown. Johnston's charge bounced back to winning ways at the first time of asking at Pontefract, winning the Pomfret Stakes despite some traffic problems a furlong out.

Johnston's horses have been in good form at York this week, and I don't think the extra furlong inconveniences William Buick's mount. Dark Vision is the one for me in the opener.

Race 2 - Melrose Handicap Tips


Arthurian Fable E/W2:25pm Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (Heritage Handicap) (Class 2) 1m6f16/1 OUT TO 18/1
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The three-year-old's version of the Ebor looks incredibly open this year, with plenty coming in with good chances. Although Favourite Moon makes a strong case for selection, I can't help but think ARTHURIAN FABLE has been really underestimated.

Brian Meehan's charge has been very consistent this season, losing out by narrow margins in races like the King George V Stakes and behind Wise Glory at the July Meeting. On his first start over this trip, Arthurian Fable produced a career-best effort to win, and was moving smoothly away from some decent rivals in the closing stages.

Jim Crowley's mount won well under top-weight that day, so he'll be much more comfortable carrying 9-1 on Saturday. A bold bid is not out of the offing.

Race 3 - City Of York Stakes Tips


San Donato3:00pm Sky Bet City Of York Stakes (Group 2) 7fREMAINS 5/1
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This may be his first start over the distance, but I think it's well worth taking a chance on SAN DONATO. Roger Varian's charge has been campaigned sparingly over the last two years, but at a very high level.

On his only start in 2019, San Donato finished a close third to Persian King in the French 2000 Guineas. Varian's star was well beaten in the Sussex Stakes last time, but ran well enough to follow Mohaather home at Ascot on his first start of the campaign.

As a juvenile, San Donato shone over six furlongs, and even beat top sprinter Hello Youmzain over that trip. He's clearly had problems in the last couple of seasons, but he's held his own in much more esteemed company than this and seven furlongs could be right up his street.

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San Donato (second right) ran against Mohaather (right) in the Sussex Stakes last time out. (Getty)

Race 4 - Ebor Handicap Tips



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Race 5 - Roses Stakes Tips


Ben Macdui4:10pm Julia Graves Roses Stakes (Listed Race) 5fREMAINS 5/2
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I'm really keen on the chances of BEN MACDUI, and he could hand Kevin Ryan a second victory in this Listed race. Kevin Stott's mount was a 16/1 shot when he entered the Molecomb Stakes, but only the talented Steel Bull was strong enough to pass the long-time leader. The form of that Group Three looks rock-solid and if the favouite runs up to that level again, no-one will beat him.

Race 6 - Sky Bet Handicap Tips


Fifth Position E/W4:40pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 1m2½f8/1 OUT TO 10/1
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A race worthy of a television appearance, with plenty of talented handicappers set to lock horns. Maydanny destroyed a lot of his market rivals when making all at Glorious Goodwood, and even an 11-pound rise may not be enough to stop him winning again.

I'm inclined to take a chance of FIFTH POSITION, who didn't get the run of the race at Goodwood. Andrea Atzeni's mount broke smartly, but his jockey immediately tried to steady him down and find some cover. Fifth Position was clearly lit up by this, pulled continuously for the first half of the race, and the tank was empty in the closing stages.

Fifth Position ran well in the John Smith's Cup behind Sinjaari, and only has to give the favourite a pound here, compared to the nine he gave him in that handicap. He may be carrying 9-10, but I still think Fifth Position will run a good race.

Race 7 - Apprentice Handicap Tips


Wonderwork5:10pm Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap (Class 2) 5f9/2 OUT TO 5/1
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Young, up-and-coming conditionals take center-stage in the final race of the Ebor Festival. Stefano Cherchi has ridden two winners for Marco Botti for this season, and I think he has an excellent chance on WONDERWORK

Wonderwork has won two of his four starts this season, including an excellent victory last time out, where he ran up to an RPR 96 in beating some seasoned handicappers. The handicapper has took a swipe, pushing Wonderwork up to a career-high mark of 93, but Cherchi takes five off and I think this Night Of Thunder colt can continue on his upward curve.

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