2023 Ebor Handicap Betting Odds at York racecourse

Saturday, 26 August 2023

Sweet William is the standout favourite to claim a win in the Ebor Handicap although there are any number of horses who could battle it out over one mile and six furlongs for the victory. The four-year-old looks to be well weighted for this contest, although there are lots of other tough competitors including Absurde.

Real Dream is trained by Sir Michael Stoute and there have been a couple of wins recorded this season for the four-year-old, with Golden Rules having been in form this season. Perhaps the six-year-old could be a good each-way wager, with Live Your Dream and Okita Soushi having earned victories last time out.

2023 Ebor Handicap Tips

Sweet William has enjoyed a consecutive hat-trick of wins and they have come at Doncaster, Newbury and Goodwood respectively. The horse was able to oblige in a Novice Stakes in the former race before landing the spoils in a handicap race over two miles, half a furlong. Then came the best performance of all in the Coral Summer Handicap.

Absurde runs for trainer Willie Mullins and the horse flattered to deceive as the odds-on favourite in a Novice Hurdle at the Galway Festival. However, the runner was previously able to produce a smart performance when finishing second to stablemate Vauban in the Copper Horse Handicap, with that demonstrating strong stamina.

Real Dream won at Ascot as the odds-on favourite at Ascot when running well over one mile and six furlongs in a handicap encounter. Previously to this, the horse performed well enough to finish in third place at the Knavesmire when hitting the frame in the Race to the Ebor Jorvik Handicap.

Golden Rules was able to finish in the first two in the Northumberland Plate, with the horse able to produce a strong performance to be runner-up to Calling The Wind. Live Your Dream was the 5/2 favourite when winning the bet365 Trophy at Newmarket, with the horse winning by nearly two lengths and there could be more to come here.

2022 Ebor Handicap Tips

Earl Of Tyrone is a talented four-year-old who has won his past three horse races. The Irish raider was last seen in the Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick on 17 June 2022, with the horse obliging by just over one length, while the runner previously succeeded at The Curragh when essentially qualifying for this York encounter in the first place.

This race took place on 1 June and it was a four-furlong success, with punters including this runner on the shortlist although there are several others who can run big races. Gaassee is another of the favourites who impressed at Haydock Park last time out, with William Haggas expecting more from one of his stable stars.

The horse was sent off as the 11/8 favourite in the bet365 Old Newton Handicap, with Get Shirty and Enfranchise finishing ahead of the runner, while the horse previously obliged in the Jorvik Handicap, with Tom Marquand riding the horse to a victory as the 6/4 favourite.

Cleveland runs for Joseph O’Brien, with the horse previously finishing second in the Copper Horse Stakes, with the horse sent off as the 2/1 favourite, while there was an impressive win the Chester Cup Handicap which means that we might need to consider this runner from an each-way point-of-view.

Who Are the Favourites for 2021 Ebor Handicap?

Ilaraab is a four-year-old with lively prospects, with William Haggas’ horse having slammed his opponents on numerous occasions last year, with the runner sealing the deal at Thirsk and then scoring an all-weather victory at Wolverhampton before kicking on to greater things.

There was a September 2020 win when landing the spoils in the Dubai Duty Free Handicap at Newbury, with the horse continuing to be progressive when winning a handicap race in October and there was a 2021 victory in the Race to the Ebor Handicap where jockey Tom Marquand rode the horse to a win at betting odds of 7/2.

Who Are the Other Ebor Handicap Contenders?

The betting market is set to be wide open for the 2021 Ebor Handicap, with Opera Gift another horse who could have the right credentials on the York Racecourse, with the Andrew Balding-trained runner having recorded a victory at Salisbury Racecourse in early May and looks set to produce more quality.

Haggas also has another interesting runner in the form of Hamish who is a talented five-year-old who ran in the Hardwicke Stakes at the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting and there was plenty to like about a fourth-placed finish in that race which saw him finish ahead of Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck.

Jockey James Doyle also rode Hamish to victory at York Racecourse last year when winning the Sky Bet Melrose Handicap, with another handicap win scored at the Knavesmire in the following race at the Ebor racecourse.

Some punters might think that the 10/1 about King’s Advice winning the Ebor Handicap is the bet of the meeting at the Knavesmire, with the Mark Johnston-trained charge looking like a fine contender after a string of wins throughout 2019.

Ever since March on the all-weather surface, the five-year-old has been hard to beat and it was only one race out of nine in 2019 where King’s Advice fluffed his lines.

The most recent victory came on Saturday 3 August, with the 7/2 favourite winning the Qatar Summer Handicap, with King’s Advice showing battling qualities to come out on top.

That was a victory over one mile and six furlongs, with the Ebor Handicap being run over the same distance and trainer Johnston is hopeful that we’ll see another big performance at York racecourse.

Previously to the win at Glorious Goodwood, there was also a success at the Newmarket July meeting, with King’s Advice obliging in the bet365 Trophy at odds of 10/1.

As with several other prominent Flat horses this year, the horse is a son of Frankel and is likely to be ridden by jockey Joe Fanning for the £1 million race, with the five-year-old now boasting the most victories out of any British-trained horse during 2019.

Johnston said after his latest win: "It's quite incredible. I never really believe that horses know whether they are winning or have their head in front, but if ever there was a horse who wants to put his head back in front, it's him.

"I thought he was beaten so many times today, even inside the final furlong it looked like the second horse was going to get the better of him, and perhaps did even get its head to the front, but he just comes back again.

"Just absolutely incredible. He's gone from a rating of 71 to winning off 108 today, and he's only lost one race for us. That was the Northumberland Plate and he was unlucky there - and he didn't have Joe Fanning. Joe Fanning is unbeaten on him.

"It's got to be the Ebor meeting next. That's going to be very, very difficult because they'll be queuing up for a go at him, but we've got to go there, and the owner has been suggesting a step into Pattern company for several runs now, and we've talked him out of it, but he'll get his shot quite soon. Possibly the Irish St Leger."

Indeed, the rate of improvement has been unusually rapid for this horse and jockey Fanning believes that he will only continue to improve.

Winning jockey Fanning said: "I think he is getting better. I thought Andrea (Atzeni, on Outbox) had me beat when he came to me - it felt like he got a neck up and then this lad just battled back.

"He is very tough. Andrea came by me quite comfortably and he just knuckled down. He is not the biggest of horses either, so to carry that weight and do it like that.

"For one of Mark's, he is a small horse and he has lumped top-weight around. I think his last two races have been his best. It's unreal how he keeps finding this bit of improvement. He's tough, he's game and he is very good."