Best ante-post bets ahead of the Ebor Festival at York

The Ebor Festival at York racecourse in August is one of the highlights of the British Flat racing season. Planet Sport takes a look at who might provide some value in the ante-post markets.

Before those Ebor Festival horses tackle the Knavesmire on August 18-21, this might be a good time to consider a cheeky punt on the ante-post markets.

Planet Sport expert tipsters are on hand to point you in the right direction.

Ante post selections:

Lonsdale Cup - Mandoob each-way @ 20/1

Nunthorpe Stakes - Winter Power @ 11/2

Juddmonte International Stakes

The highlight of Wednesday's card is undoubtedly the Juddmonte International Stakes over 1m2f, which is for three-year-olds and up and is always won by a classy horse.

Who can forget the amazing success of Frankel in 2012?

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Aidan O'Brien is chasing a remarkable seventh success in this Group One, however with favourite St Mark's Basilica missing due to an injury, he will instead rely on dual Classic-winning filly Love.

Aidan O'Brien is bidding for a seventh Juddmonte International
Aidan O'Brien is bidding for a seventh Juddmonte International

Love made a successful start to the campaign in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, but suffered her first defeat since the autumn of 2019 when only third in the King George at Ascot on her latest appearance.

Mishriff, is the closest rival in the betting, but he's probably best over further distance.

Sussex Stakes winner Alcohol Free is an each-way price, although he has his stamina to prove and the race is perhaps best left alone for ante post purposes until the final field is known.

Great Voltigeur Stakes

Wednesday also sees the running of the Great Voltiguer Stakes, a Group Two over 1m4f.

William Haggas' Alenquer heads the market currently and deservedly so after his fine third behind Hurricane Lane in the Group One Grand Prix de Paris, albeit a little over seven lengths behind the winner.

Aidan O'Brien saddled the second and fourth in that race, Wordsworth and The Mediterranean respectively, and they too are possibles for York, along with stablemates Sir Lamarak and Sir Lucan.

It's anyone's guess over which of these the Ballydole maestro will unleash on the Knavesmire, and none might cope with a back-to-form Lone Eagle should Martyn Meade's stable star turn up.

He was a disappointing fifth of the six runners in the King George on his most recent outing, after which his trainer said he ran flat, and he is best judged on his previous neck second behind Hurricane Lane in the Irish Derby.

Frankie Dettori's decision to make the best of his way home from around two furlongs out looked the correct one, but he was just denied.

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Charlie Appleby is likely to be represented by Kemari, who is chasing a hat-trick after impressive wins at Yarmouth and Ascot, and Yibir, who pulled his chance away when only fifth at Glorious Goodwood.

Third Realm was third in that Goodwood contest and he's interesting each-way at this stage, having beaten Adayar in the Lingfield Derby Trial before finishing fifth to that rival at Epsom.

Click here to bet on the Great Voltigeur Stakes with Planet Sport Bet.

Ebor Handicap

The Ebor Handicap over 1m6f, the big betting race of the week for many punters, is scheduled for Saturday (due off at 3.35pm) and we've analysed the race here, including highlighting some key trends that could help you land on the winner.

Lonsdale Cup

Thursday's Lonsdale Cup over an extended two miles provides a good chance for Stradivarius to get back to winning ways after an odds-on defeat in the Ascot Gold Cup last time.

He's favourite to do just that with Planet Sport Bet but some caution is advised as he's clearly no longer the top stayer he once was, albeit still operating at a very high level.

Trueshan, his nearest rival in the betting after rewarding favourite backers in the Goodwood Cup last time, looks a huge danger, although his chance largely hinges on the going as he's appreciably better with some cut.

The weather forecast is not overly encouraging for that so it could be worth looking further down the betting list for some each-way value.

A couple of these, Live Your Dream and Princess Zoe, are also engaged in the Ebor Handicap but wouldn't look out of place in this Group contest as they are progressive sorts.

However, at much bigger odds, it could be worth risking a few quid each-way on Brian Meehan's Mandooba 20/1 shot with Planet Sport Bet currently.

The lightly-raced three-year-old is stepping up in class and trip here, but he has the look of a smart stayer in the making and looked better the further he went when winning his first two starts over 1m4f.

He was attempting a hat-trick on his Group-class debut over 1m5f at Newmarket last time and while he could only finish second best, he was clear of the remainder and again gave the impression he would appreciate a stiffer test.

Described by his trainer as a "lovely scopey horse with a big future", it wouldn't surprise in the slightest if here were to run a huge race on the Knavesmire and reward each-way backers.

Nunthorpe Stakes

Saturday's card also features the Nunthorpe Stakes over 5f.

International runners dominate the betting for the latter Group One contest, with the French trained Goodwood winner Suesa just edging favouritism from Wesley Ward's Golden Pal.

The latter horse showed he had speed to burn when finishing second in last year's Norfolk Stakes, run over the same trip, and has won all three of his Stateside starts since.

But with them taking a large chunk out of the current Planet Sport Bet market and neither invincible by any means, there's scope for finding one against them at a price.

We looked no further than Winter Power, who is joint third favourite with Planet Sport Bet currently, as she has looked the part in winning two of her three starts this term, both over course and distance.

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Clearly this fast 5f track suits this very speedy filly down to the ground and she may well have more improvement in her if learning to settle a little better.

She was one of several who overdid the trailblazing tactics in the King's Stand Stakes, which contributed to her defeat, and she also raced freely when winning here last time.

Her trainer Tim Easterby has always highly rated her, saying earlier in the season that "she'd be as good as any that I've had in a while", and comparing her favourably with Pipalong, who won 10 of her starts for the stable including in Group One company.

It'll be interesting to see whether he applies some form of headgear in the big one at York, with the idea of helping to conserve her energy for when it matters, but she looks well up to winning at this level.

Click here to bet on the Nunthorpe Stakes with Planet Sport Bet.

Other York festival races that can you can bet on ante post at Planet Sport Bet are the Lowther StakesYorkshire Oaks and Lonsdale Cup.

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