This is what racing is all about. York’s Ebor Festival kicks off on Wednesday and the racing is quite simply, spellbinding. The Juddmonte International headlines the first day of action, with a star-studded field that should produce one of the races of the season.
With a great mix of group action and handicaps, there is plenty of reasons to get excited. I’ve gone hunting for some big prices on the first day of the Ebor Meeting, and can now present Owen’s Outsiders for Wednesday!
1.45 York – Copper Knight (20/1)
A very smart commodity on his day, Copper Knight was a Listed winner over the flat five furlongs at this venue last July. He’s been a shade disappointing since, but he has plenty of form in the book to suggest that his current mark is lenient.
He returned in 2020 with a near-miss at Newmarket, beaten a head off two pounds higher. His form since has been below his best, but his last handicap win came here off today’s rating. He handles all going conditions and his overall York record reads 10600113157.
That’s some mainly consistent form figures and off a mark he’s clearly capable off, he’s got excellent claims for a yard in flying form.
3.45 York – Blue Laureate (33/1)
He’s not the most consistent, but Blue Laureate has some strong form at around two miles. He went close at Haydock on seasonal return, beaten a head off just a pound lower. He’s been set some very tough task since, going down narrowly at Newbury off today’s rating two starts back.
2m 4f was a bridge too far at Glorious Goodwood when last seen and he’ll be much happier returned to this distance. He’s on an attractive mark and does stay further, which is an obvious positive. He’s ground versatile and the fitting of the first-time blinkers are very interesting.
If they have a positive effect, this five-year-old is likely to out-run these lofty odds.
4.50 York – The Princes Poet (25/1)
There should be plenty more to come from The Princes Poet, who ran a race full of promise when third on debut at Glorious Goodwood. He got the message late in the day and finished with a rattle. He holds excuses for a subsequent All-Weather defeat at Wolverhampton, where he again showed promise amongst inexperience.
A return to the turf will help matters, as will a debut into the nursery sphere. This opening mark gives him plenty of wiggle room and the ever in-form Hollie Doyle takes over the ride. Eve Johnson Houghton’s string has hit form in recent days and there is plenty to like about this juveniles chances.