2023 Sky Bet Handicap Betting Odds at York racecourse

Friday, 25 August 2023

Simon & Ed Crisford have seen Owl Island rack up a couple of wins recently, with the three-year-old now bidding to claim a bigger prize in the Sky Bet Handicap. There could be some merit in siding with the horse on an each-way basis, although there are some more experienced charges in the field and that includes Darkness.

The David O’Meara-trained runner has finished second in the past two outings and could potentially go one better here. Doctor Khan Junior has landed back to back victories coming into this clash at the Knavesmire, with Eligible having also been a winner on the previous outing although there are any number of horses who can land a victory here.

2023 Sky Bet Handicap Tips

Owl Island is trading as the favourite for the Sky Bet Handicap, with Simon & Ed Crisford now seeing how the horse fares away from an all-weather surface. There have been victories at Chelmsford and Wolverhampton, with the latter win coming over seven furlongs where the horse was able to achieve a three length victory on 23 May.

Darkness is a more experienced campaigner and there have been successive runner-up performances at Epsom and Goodwood Racecourse. The David O’Meara-trained charge was able to outrun his odds of 20/1 when finishing second at the former track and then went to Sussex where the horse was narrowly beaten by a short head in a seven furlong handicap.

Doctor Khan Junior is an interesting runner who has recorded successive victories in the previous two races, with the first of these coming on the all-weather at Newcastle racecourse, with the next win coming against a big field at York Racecourse. The fact that the horse has already run well at this track is a big positive coming into this encounter.

Eligible can’t be ruled out of proceedings, with Michael & David Easterby having a seven-year-old who has already run a number of times. The latest outing saw the horse land a victory out of a big field at York, with this handicap triumph coming over seven furlongs after several previous performances on all-weather surfaces.