The Ebor (Saturday 4pm) is England’s richest flat-handicap with a first prize of £174,300, and it is run over 14-furlongs at York. The race is named after the Roman name for the town of York (Eboracum).
Five 5-year-olds, two 4-year-olds, two 6-year-olds, and one 7-year-old have been successful in the last 10 renewals, whilst no jockey or trainer has won the race twice in that period.
Interestingly, you have to go back to 1979 to find the last winner who carried more than 9-4 to victory.
20 runners are set to go to post for the 2016 Ebor Handicap.
Won class-2 off top-weight at Glorious Goodwood, but 5 now 5lb higher on a course where he’s underperformed on both previous visits.
Won a Meydan handicap earlier this season, but is 18lb higher than his last winning mark in England.
Probably best with a bit of cut, and 9lb higher than for last class-2 win.
Vent Du Force
Course and distance winner off a 22lb lower mark, and well-beaten in last year’s Lonsdale Cup.
Conjured-up a fantastic turn-of-foot to win the Northumberland Plate, but now has to do it on turf at a 2-furlong shorter trip.
Loves soft ground, and 10lb higher than last winning mark.
Has his sights lowered after running in the Ascot Gold Cup and the Goodwood Cup, but still 20lb above last winning mark.
Last two wins at 18-furlongs and 21-furlongs, and may find this happening a bit quick.
Best at 10-furlongs so far, and impossible to know whether this new trip will bring any improvement.
Group-3 winner in 2014, but well-beaten in the Northumberland Plate off similar mark.
Won over course and distance last year, but is now much higher in the weights, Shrewd trainer has got a couple of hurdles win out of him since the last time he ran on the flat, and looks to have been targeted at the race. Useful 5lb claimer brings his mark down to 9-1.
Desperately unlucky not to win Northumberland Plate, but he’s now a few pounds higher on ground faster than ideal.
Not enjoyed such a good season as last year, but had no chance from a wide draw in the Chester Cup, and carried 20lb more in the Galway Hurdle this year than when winning it in 2015. Likes quick ground, and could run much better than last year.
Had a poor season so far, but looks nicely weighted on some form, though yet to perform to his best at York.
Only win came on the all-weather off a mark of 77.
She Is No Lady
Won off 90 at Chelmsford, and then ran above expectations when second in a Listed Race. One of the more unexposed runners, and is at the right-end of the weights.
Won a class-3 over course and distance off 89, then beaten only 5-lengths in a Listed Race afterwards here. 7lb claimer, seen to good effect on the stable’s Nakeeta earlier this week, is booked and will carry the lowest weight of all the runners.
Alan King has enjoyed plenty of flat success, and this former Sir Michael Stoute horse has run well at York on several occasions. Chance that a step-up to this trip will bring more improvement, and a good each-way chance.
Took a big rise in the weights for winning twice off 75, and this looks a tough ask.
Much lower in the weights than when tenth last year, though connections may have took the edge off him after running him earlier in the week when not guaranteed a run.
Ebor Handicap Summary
Only 9 horses, when taking into account jockeys’ claims, carry 9-4 or less, with Top Tug, She Is No Lady, and Quick Jack the trio that appeal the most.