The highlight of this Saturday’s (June 15, 3.00) card at York Racecourse is the 2019 Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes. This Listed Race takes place over 1 mile 5 furlongs and 188 yards and the ground is forecast to be soft.
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Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes 2019 10-Year-Trends
Five-year-olds have provided four of the last 10 winners, with two four-year-olds, two six-year-olds, one seven-year-old, and one 12-year-old also winning. Four winners arrived here on the back of a win, whilst two had finished second, and four had finished fifth or worse.
Nine of the last 10 winners had run in the 57 days before the race, with one horse winning on its seasonal debut. The draw has had no obvious effect, but it will be interesting to see if the runners head for the stands rail on soft ground this year.
10/1 is the biggest priced winner in the last decade, but the last eight winners have been returned at odds no bigger than 10/3. Hughie Morrison and William Haggas are the only trainers to have a runner this year who have trained a winner in the last decade, whilst Ryan Moore and PJ McDonald are the only jockeys with rides to have ridden a winner of the race in the last 10-years.
Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes 2019 Runner-By-Runner Guide
He looked an improved performer when winning a handicap at Musselburgh on his seasonal debut and he was well-backed to follow up in the Chester Cup. Disappointed there but he had a big weight and didn’t seem to like the soft ground that day. He wasn’t disgraced last time, when he was in front of the re-opposing Mekong at this distance, but behind him at the line over two-miles, but he also finished behind that horse at this trip at Ascot last year. Yet to race at York, but PJ McDonald looks a positive jockey booking.
Trained by last year’s winning trainer Hughie Morrison but his last win came off a mark of 93 and he has failed to win off his current mark of 98 on his last three starts. That leaves him with up to 12lb to find with the principals and he needs the step up in trip to bring about further improvement on ground he has won on.
Good enough to win the Doncaster Cup as a three-year-old and he has run creditably in some big races since then. He’s also run well in the last editions of the Yorkshire Cup over course and distance behind Stradivarius and this looks a drop-in-class for him today. He would probably be ideally suited by a longer trip, but the soft conditions could bring his stamina into play. However, the form of the Elsworth stable is a worry.
Glan Y Gors
Favourite to come last as he’s rated just 77 and was also beaten on his only previous visit to York.
Six-year-old that ran his first 18 races in Hong Kong over trips up to 12-furlongs before running in this season’s Dubai Gold Cup over two-miles. He was held up out the back in that race before running on into fourth late on and he looks an interesting recruit for new trainer Ian Williams considering he’s rated the equal of the favourite on a mark of 110. His stable also enjoyed a few winners last week, whilst Andrea Atzeni is a positive jockey-booking.
Rated 108 after winning this year’s Chester Cup on soft ground and he doesn’t have much to find with the market leaders on official ratings. However, he finished five lengths behind stablemate Austrian School and Mekong last time. Soft ground may bring them closer together but others look to have more potential for improvement.
This isn’t a race that trainer Sir Michael Stoute is synonymous with but he looks to have the ideal candidate this year in this improving four-year-old. He showed little as a two-year-old but improved throughout last season, winning three handicaps before finishing second behind last year’s Derby runner-up Dee Ex Bee on this year’s seasonal debut. He has finished in front of Austrian School on his last two starts and is entitled to improve again on his second run of the season. What could really swing this race in his favour is the soft ground and he won’t mind if it rains more as he won twice on heavy ground last season.
Interesting runner on his first start for trainer William Haggas who won the 2017 renewal of this race. He had some useful form as a three-year-old, when beating Desert Skyline, and he handles soft ground. He probably needs to improve a few pounds, but any money for him could be worth noting.
Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes 2019 Summary
Glan Y Gors is surely just making up the numbers, whilst Buzz needs the extra two-furlongs of this race to improve him around a stone. Desert Skyline may prefer further and is held by Raheen House on form. Raheen House could be a danger, but most winners of this race have had a recent prep race, something which may also count against Gold Mount on his first start for a new stable.
The Mark Johnston pair of Austrian School and Making Miracles have beaten each other this year, but both were beaten by Mekong last time. Sir Michael Stoute’s runner could also easily take another step forward on his second start of the season and two of his wins in handicaps last year suggest he’ll like the soft ground more than many of his rivals.