Horse Racing Tips: Paddy Power’s 5 best-backed horses for the York Ebor Festival

Can these five thrive on the Knavesmire?


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Wednesday 15:35 – Baaeed

This fellow has been compared to the mighty Frankel and anyone sitting on an ante-post docket stating 2-1 should be very pleased indeed with themselves.

Indeed William Haggas’s stable star has gone off at 1-6 on his last two starts in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood and ran out a comfortable winner on each occasion.

His perfect record of nine wins from nine starts tells its own story, but this could be the acid test as all of those victories have been over a mile and he steps up to an extended 10 furlongs this time.

Granted those who know him best believe that he’ll be even better over the extra distance, but it does remain an unknown, although from a sporting point of view it would be great to see him continue his winning streak and hopefully he puts in a devastating performance.


Thursday 13:50 – Sweet Harmony

This Richard Spencer-trained contestant has been popular at bigger prices having won a decent race at Yarmouth earlier this month and she could well be the best filly that owner Phil Cunningham has had.

Queen Mary Stakes heroine Dramatised will take a bit of beating, but the support that we’ve seen would indicate that connections expect her to be placed at worst and they weren’t wrong when they sent her off ‘jolly’ at the seaside ‘gaff’.

This daughter of No Nay Never wasn’t disgraced on her debut at Ascot last month when she finished a three-length fifth to Clochette and the third home at Yarmouth, Annie Maher, had been well touted ahead of her own debut second, also at Ascot, and hadn’t been beaten far in another decent maiden at Sandown before that last outing.

Thursday 14:25 – Shouldvebeenaring

The Hannons have a tremendous record in these sales races and the way this guy has been backed would indicate that they believe they have another good chance at scooping some good money.

After a reasonable debut fourth in a novice stakes at Goodwood in April, when he was slowly away, the Havana Grey colt made no mistake at the second time of asking in a similar event at Ripon the following month.

That last victory was over this trip of six furlongs and while this is purely conjecture, there’s a chance that connections have kept him off the course since then with this valuable prize in mind.

Thursday 15:35 – Alpinista

Sir Mark Prescott has exhibited his brilliant training skills in no uncertain terms with this mare who has been in the first two on her last nine starts, winning seven of those, including the last six of which the most recent four have all been top-class races.

It looks as if the Newmarket trainer knew exactly what he had from the word go as after taking her maiden on her debut at Epsom in 2019, he immediately pitched her into a Group 3 race at Goodwood, although it took until the following season for racegoers to see what he saw when after scoring in a Listed contest, she found only Love too powerful in this contest.

Her recent run of straight successes started with a Listed heat at Goodwood last year followed by the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks and then four Group 1s abroad and a first top-class success in Britain will make her a very valuable proposition at the paddocks.



Friday 15:35 – Royal Aclaim

This Aclaim filly is another favourite who has been very well supported since her impressive victory in the City Walls Stakes over course and distance last month and is currently our biggest loser of the week.

She was laid at bigger prices prior to that York romp and has seen continued support since, although The Platinum Queen now being an intended runner adds a very credible rival to the equation which has slightly slowed her momentum in the market.

This combatant fits the old maxim ‘she could be anything’ really well as she is unbeaten in three, her last two successes being particularly impressive, and trainer James Tate is understandably bullish.

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