York Ebor Races 2013: Horses to Watch on Day 4 of British Meet

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2013

YORK, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Silvestre De Sousa riding Golden Town (L, blue) win The Sky Bet Mobile Convivial Maiden Stakes at York racecourse on August 23, 2013 in York, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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The final day of this year’s York Ebor unleashes four televised races on punters who are striving to make one last buck.

A crammed schedule of dramatic races—summed up by Jwala’s 40/1 victory in Day Three’s Nunthorpe Stakes—will climax with a number of high-profile and enticing runs across the Yorkshire racecourse.

Which contenders are set to follow Jwala’s lead? Considering all of the early favourites, let’s take a look at the horses to watch across the concluding races of this famous British meet.


First Race—City of York Stakes, 2:05 p.m. BST

Fort Bastion

Beginning the race at an outside bet of 10/1 according to William Hill, Fort Bastion’s recent form offers value for money to punters who are looking to take a minor risk. While the four-year-old is certainly behind Cristoforo Colombo, Rex Imperator and Sirius Prospect on the top contenders list, a 12-month absence from racing has many bookies undervaluing his ability to take the prize.

Richard Hughes and Ryan Moore have ushered the horse towards two victories from three races since returning to action on May 6. Tony Hamilton will take up the reins for the York clash and could inspire optimistic bettors after securing five wins in the past two weeks.


Second Race—Melrose Stakes, 2:40 p.m. BST

Van Percy

Manchester United fans may be hoping for Robin van Persie to hit his stride against Chelsea on Monday night, but it’s a horse of the same name that has to burst into life across the weekend.

Andrew Balding’s three-year-old bay gelding is an outside bet for the Melrose Stakes at 9/1 with William Hill, offering excellent value for money to those who wish to overlook safer bets. Van Percy has won two of eight lifetime flat races, as reported by Sky Sports.

Jockey Oisin Murphy continues to stutter with inconsistent form, winning two of his last 21 races and finishing lower than fifth in nine of these occasions. Since returning at Newmarker in April, Van Percy has sprinted to victories in two of five races, suggesting there’s an excellent chance Murphy could leave York with a confidence-boosting win.


Third Race—Gimcrack Stakes, 3:15 p.m. BST

Justice Day

The triumph of Jwala may inspire many punters to lay down unlikely bets with a big return. A perfect opportunity in the penultimate televised race of the festival presents itself, as the highly underrated Justice Day offers excellent value for money at 20/1 with William Hill.

David Elsworth owns the two-year-old Colt that has never finished lower than second in five career flat races, as recorded by Sky Sports. He has won 40 percent of such encounters and offers Liam Keniry the perfect opportunity to improve on his four wins across the past two weeks.


Fourth Race—Betfred Ebor, 3:50 p.m. BST

Sun Central

A 20-horse field finishes the televised action with a difficult race to call. Even so, William Haggas’ Sun Central is shaping up to be a competitive outside bet to the early favourites.

This is a horse that has performed brilliantly since its seven-month break came to an end in May. The chestnut colt has emerged victorious in four of nine lifetime flat races, as confirmed by Sky Sports.

His recent surge of form includes a July win at York and underlines another entrant that is under the radar due to a lack of activity.

Seb Sanders will continue his successful relationship with the horse in the Betfred Ebor. He has won two of three races on Sun Central and continues to receive the rightful confidence of Haggas, who sees his horse receive odds of 16/1 with William Hill.