Ebor Handicap: Who to bet on for the York feature?

The huge betting race that is the Ebor Handicap comes under the scrutiny of Planet Sport experts.

What is the Ebor?

The Ebor Handicap is run at York in August and is the betting highlight of the four-day York Ebor Festival.

Run over a distance of 1m6f (give or take a few yards), it is open to horses aged three and above and a big field is always assured, with the winners prize of £300,000 making it Europe's richest handicap.

When is it run?

The 2021 running is scheduled for Saturday, August 21 at 3.35pm, with the York Ebor Festival getting underway on Wednesday, August 18.

Who's favourite?

The current market leader is Live Your Dream, who is Godolphin-owned and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, a two-time Ebor winner with All The Good (2008) and Willing Foe (2012).

Saeed bin Suroor has twice landed the Ebor
Saeed bin Suroor has twice landed the Ebor

The four-year-old has looked the part in winning three of his four races this season, finishing second in the other.

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However any punters thinking of lumping on should be wary of the dire record of favourites, with just one obliging in the last 22 runnings, that being Purple Moon who landed odds of 7/2 in 2007.

Saeed bin Suroor has twice landed the Ebor
Saeed bin Suroor has twice landed the Ebor

Indeed, 10 of the last 19 favourites didn't even make the frame.

Any other key trends worth noting?

Age, weight, previous form over staying trips and even the draw have a big bearing in the outcome, as shown by the following four trends that have emerged from the last 19 runnings:

18/19 - aged 6 or younger

17/19 - carried 9st 5lb or less

16/19 - had won over at least 1m4f previously

15/19 - won from a double-figure stall*

*not since Number Theory in 2013 has a horse placed (first four) from stall one.

Who are other Ebor possibles?

While we won't know the final field - in addition to the crucial draw - until 48 hour declaration stager, the following horses have shown enough to suggest they can make their presence felt in this year's running:

Ilaraab - has made rapid headway through the handicap ranks and was winning his sixth race on the bounce at York in May, before finding the competition a little too hot when upped to group 2 company at Royal Ascot.

Baron Samedi - made it eight consecutive wins in the 2m Belmont Gold Cup in June and there was no disgrace in his subsequent defeat in a steadily-run French Group One contest over 1m4f, which didn't play to his strengths.

Princess Zoe - looked a smart stayer last term five times on soft / heavy over distances ranging between 1m4f and 2m4f, and came right back to her best when finishing runner-up to Subjectivist in this year's Ascot Gold Cup, despite a troubled run through that race.

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Saldier - shrugged of top weight to win over hurdles at this year's Galway festival and this dual Grade One-winning hurdler has to enter calculations on his return to the Flat, having shown he has the necessary gear when winning over 1m5f at Listowel in June.

Plenty of others can be considered Ebor possibles at this stage and we'll be posting our selections - no doubt highlighting where the each-way value lies - a bit nearer the time, so do keep checking back.

Where can I bet on the Ebor?

With Planet Sport Bet of course - click here for the full ante post betting list - and with the race being shown live on ITV, it qualifies for this new offer: Get up to £20 back if your horse places second and is beaten by a neck or less - applies to all live ITV races.

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