York Wednesday Tips: Best bets for the four ITV races

The York Ebor Festival gets underway on Wednesday with four races being shown live on ITV, and Planet Sport experts are on hand with their verdict for each - plus there's news of a free bet offer.

Let's start with the latest free bet offer at Planet Sport Bet.

Get up to £20 back as a free bet if your horse places second and is beaten by a neck or less - applies to ALL LIVE ITV RACES!

So you can back any of the below selections with a little more confidence in the knowledge there's a nice consolation, should your horse get chinned on the line or just fail to get up by that neck or less margin.


1.50 York - Whenthedealisdone / Pendleton (split stakes)

2.25 York - Dubawi Legend (saver on Royal Patronage)

3.00 - Youth Spirit

3.35 York - Mishriff (nap)

1.50 York - Whenthedealisdone / Pendleton (split stakes)

It's tempting to give Hurricane Ivor another chance here as he's better than he showed in the Stewards' Cup last time out when well fancied. This return to a stiff 5f on less testing ground will certainly help him.

However, Whenthedealisdone did us a good turn when winning at Glorious Goodwood and it's hard to desert the bang-in-form three-year-old, who may well may have more to offer as a sprinter.

Having done all his best work close home on the Sussex Downs, this slightly stiffer test will suit him ideally, and any rain that falls won't inconvenience him either as he's proven on ground with cut in it.

The form of his trainer Roger Teal - three winners in the last seven days - provides further encouragement for a bet.

Of the rest, Pendleton is interesting as you can put a line through his dismal effort in the Wokingham - drawn wrong side and got bogged down in the conditions - and looked better than ever in his two previous starts since returning from injury.

It doesn't harm to fire a couple of arrows at a race of this nature and the suggestion is to split stakes.

2.25 York - Dubawi Legend

A high class renewal of this 7f Group 3 with all five runners bringing winning form to the table and holding some fancy entries later in the season.

Noble Truth had two lengths to spare over Ehraz when the pair finished first and second in a Newmarket maiden and the latter horse has since broke his duck at Ascot.

There's unlikely to be that much between them here, but neither might cope with Hugo Palmer's Dubawi Legend who couldn't have been more impressive when making a winning debut at Doncaster (good to firm) last month.

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On that evidence, he's easily Group class and could well be running in Group Ones before the season is out.

His trainer is sounding very happy with his progress since.

"Everything has been smooth - he's trained very well, I think he's come forward and he's tightened up a bit. I think there is still a great deal to come for him," he said at the weekend.

Hugo Palmer thinks there's more to come from Dubawi Legend
Hugo Palmer thinks there's more to come from Dubawi Legend

The niggling doubt with him is the ground as it's likely to ride on the soft side of good if the forecast is correct, but he's going to take plenty of beating if handling conditions.

Royal Patronage, the outsider of the quintet, relished some cut when scoring at Epsom last time by five lengths, and he also has a little more experience than his rivals under his belt, having had three starts.

He's worth a small saver at double-figure odds if lumping on the selection.

3.00 York - Youth Spirit

Royal Ascot winner Kemari looks plenty short enough in the betting given that he's similarly rated to his main rivals and is conceding 3lb all round.

He's taken on with Andrew Balding's Youth Spirit, the winner of a Group Three over this trip at Chester in May before finding the Epsom Derby competition too hot to handle.

Given a short break after that effort, he reappeared at the Goodwood Festival and wasn't disgraced in finishing fourth in another Group 3, in which Sir Lucan and Third Realm finished just ahead of him.

He meets that better fancied pair on 3lb better terms this afternoon and it wouldn't surprise if he were to turn the tables with his stable in cracking form.

Furthermore, he's an each-way price.

High Definition, a stablemate of Sir Lucan, has something to prove after flopping as favourite in both starts at three (albeit highly tried), but it's too early to write him off entirely.

3.35 York - Mishriff

With Sir Mark's Basilica an absentee due to an infected foot, the door has been left open for Mishriff to bag his first Group 1 on home soil, having already won at the highest level in France and Dubai.

John and Thady Gosden's colt proved no match for St Mark's Basilica in Sandown's Eclipse, but he was entitled to need that first run for 99 days and showed the benefit when chasing home Aladayar in the King George, conceding the Derby winner 11lb in weight-for age.

That race was over 1m4f but his rider David Egan is adamant he is best suited to today's two furlongs shorter trip.

David Egan believes Mishriff is running over his ideal trip
David Egan believes Mishriff is running over his ideal trip

He said: "Dropping back to a mile and a quarter will only play to Mishriff's strengths. He's such a good horse, he's good over any distance, but over a mile and a half, you have to restrain him to make sure he switches off."

"He stays the mile and a quarter really well and has a great turn of foot, so I think the trip is 100 per cent ideal for him," he added.

In which case, he can be expected to again take care of King George third Love, who wouldn't want the ground to deteriorate much besides, and Sussex Stakes winner Alcohol Free, who has her stamina to prove.

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