York Ebor Races 2013: Five Horses to Avoid on Day Two

Joshua Hayward@@JoshuaHayward99Contributor IAugust 22, 2013

YORK, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21:   Ryan Moore riding Telescope win The Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes at York racecourse on August 21, 2013 in York, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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With so much at stake on the second day of the York Ebor festival, punters will be reading up on all of the latest experts' tips in the hope of a successful start to the Flat season.

But, of course, with every hidden gem comes a rotten egg so here's a list of five horses to avoid on day two of the Ebor festival.


14:30Lowther Stakes

The first horse of the day to avoid is in the Lowther Stakes which is unlikely to be one of the strongest renewals of this festival. The Lowther Stakes is for juvenile fillies, with Brian Meehan's much-coveted J-Wonder tipped for success.

He'll more than likely be challenged by Lucky Kristal and Kaiulani but the one to steer clear of is Jeremy Noseda's Merletta.

Merletta has been in poor form of late on courses with conditions suitable to the filly, and with odds of 25/1 this horse is definitely not one to back.


15:05Clipper Logistics Handicap

This race was previously known as the Addleshaw Goddard handicap but now renamed due to sponsorship.

The booking of Johnny Murtagh initially suggested that this was the race for the Irish jockey, who would have been riding Educate, but Murtagh has since pulled out of the Clipper Logistics handicap.

William Haggas's Queensberry Rules is the subsequent favourite for the race with the horse to avoid Able Master.

With a winning percentage of just 12 percent on the flats, David O'Meara's horse, which has just three wins from 25 races, won't be surprising any fans of horse racing this year.


15:40Yorkshire Oaks

The Yorkshire Oaks is one of the most prestigious races on the racing calendar in the UK and is for three-year-old fillies or over.

Often contested by horses that have either won at Epsom or the Irish Oaks, The Fugue is favourite for the title this year.

Jim Bolger's Scintillula, although not the biggest long shot in the race, is definitely not a horse that should be backed. Recent poor form at the Curragh and Leopardstown should be enough to deter punters from placing money on the three-year-old filly.


16:20Galtres Stakes

Fillies and mares get their chance to compete at the 12-furlong Galtres Stakes, with the race one of the more competitive renewals.

William Haggas has both Obsession and Lady Nouf featuring so will be feeling confident, although he faces stiff competition from Aidan O'Brien's Say.

This race often brings a variety of quality, with some fantastic battles over the years as well as some less-than-satisfactory performances along the way.

A tough one to call, with a number of horses that could either do very well or very poorly. Regardless, the horse to avoid is Bohemian Dance. Sir Michael Stoute's filly, although it has a relatively short career on the flats, has failed to yield a single win.


16:55Eventmasters Fillies Stakes

The final race of the day sees the Johnny Murtagh-ridden Desert Image go up against David O'Meara's Dutch Rose.

Although a lovely French dish, Tartiflette is the horse to avoid. Without a place since April, the Ed McMahon-trained horse shouldn't be serving up any feasts in the day's showpiece event.