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2020 Ebor Festival Day One Tips - Through the card tips on Juddmonte International day

  • We bring you tips for every race on day one of the Ebor Festival
  • The Group One Juddmonte International Stakes is the big race on the card at York
  • The Acomb Stakes and Great Voltigeur Stakes will also be up for grabs
  • All seven races are covered for you here
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York races. (Getty)

We take a look through all seven races on Juddmonte International day and provide readers with our Ebor Festival Day One tips.

The opening day of York's Ebor Festival is headlined by the Juddmonte International Stakes. Viewers will also have two further pattern races and some wide-open handicap to take in too!

Let's jump straight into our tips for York on Wednesday.

2020 Ebor Festival Day One Card


Time
Title
1:45pmSky Bet And Symphony Group Handicap (Class 2) 5½f
2:15pmTattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) 7f
2:45pmSky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f
3:15pmJuddmonte International Stakes (Group 1) 1m2½f
3:45pmSky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 2m½f
4:20pmSky Bet Fillies' Sprint Handicap (Class 2) 5f
4:50pm Sky Bet Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 6f

2020 Ebor Festival Day One Tips


Race 1 - Symphony Group Handicap Tips

A terribly tricky way to start the meeting. The bookies are going 8/1 the field, and a case can probably be made for at least half the field. As such, this won't be a big betting race for me, but I'll still take a punt on MAGIC J.

Ed Vaughan's charge was fancied to run a big race at Ascot last time out, having won a Class Three at Sandown by two lengths. Things didn't go to plan that day, but Oisin Murphy's mount looks to be well-drawn in the midst of the pace here and first-time blinkers could make a big difference.

Race 2 - Acomb Stakes Tips


Cloudbridge2:15pm Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3) 7f2/1 INTO 7/4
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While I do think Praise Of Shadows has been dangerously overlooked in the betting, CLOUDBRIDGE was so impressive on debut, it's hard to side against Charlie Appleby's juvenile.

Ryan Moore's mount took a little time to get going that day, but once the penny dropped Cloudbridge put the race to bed in convincing fashion. By a US-bred sire in Hard Spun - who's produced lots of horses rated in excess of 100 - and out of a Listed-winning mare, there's plenty of reason for Appleby to think Cloudbridge could be his first winner of this prestigious Group Three.

Race 3 - Great Voltigeur Stakes Tips


Highland Chief E/W2:45pm Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes (Group 2) 1m4f8/1 OUT TO 11/1
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Having backed Aidan O'Brien's charge to win the Derby, I went in again on Mogul at Goodwood, and was pleased to see my faith rewarded. If he's anything like his full-brother, Japan, then Mogul could just keep improving as the season goes on, and could be hard to beat in this Group Two.

Having said that, I can't see why there's such a disparity between Mogul and HIGHLAND CHIEF in the betting, so I'm inclined to back Paul Cole's charge at an each-way price. 

David Probert got there a little too early in the Gordon Stakes, and was passed by Mogul in the final 100 yards. An inside draw could force Probert to bide his time a little, and we saw how effective Highland Chief can be when coming off the pace at Royal Ascot. He's also two-from-two on softer ground, so any further easing in the going would be a big bonus.

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Mogul (near) narrowly gets up to beat Highland Chief (far) in the Gordon Stakes. (Getty)

Race 4 - Juddmonte International Stakes Tips


Read my full preview of the Juddmonte International to see whether I'm siding with or against hot-favourite Ghaiyyath.

If you want to watch the race via your mobile or tablet, check out our Juddmonte International Stakes Live Streaming page.

Race 5 - Sky Bet Handicap Tips


True Destiny E/W3:45pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2) 2m½f 17/2 OUT TO 9/1
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A capacity field of 17 stayers will enter the stalls ahead of this two-mile handicap. One who I feel offers good value at his current price is TRUE DESTINY, who goes for the in-form Roger Charlton team.

Ryan Moore's mount has hit the crossbar three times this term, most recently in the Goodwood Handicap, where he was a little one-paced in the closing stages of that two-and-a-half-mile marathon. True Destiny drops back to a much more comfortable trip here, he's a previous course-and-distance winner and still looks very well handicapped.

Race 6 - Fillies' Sprint Handicap Tips


Keep Busy4:20pm Sky Bet Fillies' Sprint Handicap (Class 2) 5f7/2 INTO 10/3
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The clear pace angle here is Glamorous Anna, who will likely lead the field up the centre of the track. KEEP BUSY, who's been drawn just two stalls from the leader, could be perfectly placed to strike and she certainly brings some of the best form into the race. Danny Redmond takes five off her back, and I think John Quinn's filly could be very hard to beat.

Race 7 - Nursery Handicap Tips


Cairn Island4:50pm Sky Bet Nursery Handicap (Class 2) 6fREMAINS 6/1 HERE
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CAIRN ISLAND got off the mark in good style last time out, powering home at Ayr on good-to-soft ground. Kevin Ryan's mount was only pushed up two pounds for that three-length success, and the handicapper has certainly given him a chance to strike again. Andrea Atzeni loves this meeting, and could end day one on a big high.
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