The Ebor Festival draws to a close at York on Saturday and we have got the very best free horse racing betting tips for five races, including all four live Channel 4 races, on Saturday 24th August.
2.40 York – Betfred Melrose Handicap (Class 2) 1m6f
E/W Selection: HAWK HIGH @ 16/1 with Betfred
A competitive handicap and the selection has finished behind several of his rivals this season but has held his form well all season. He won a maiden on his seasonal reappearance and has progressed since then, winning at Haydock in between narrow defeats by Great Hall and Ambleside. Shapes as if this trip will suit and was arguably unlucky when third behind Great Hall at Haydock, having to switch right out at the back of the field to get a clear run before being short of room close home. Hard to assess his form since then in small fields and off a favourable mark compared to those rivals he can prove competitive. First-time cheekpieces could easily sharpen him up and he has run to form on soft ground before.
3.15 York – Gimcrack Stakes (Group 2) 6f
E/W Selection: PARBOLD @ 9/2 with Bet Victor
No standout favourite in the field as reflected by the betting but the selection is the Richard Fahey trained Parbold who has form with some give in the ground. He was second in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot and made up a lot of ground late on last time out after a slow start to finishing third behind a well touted pair. Steadily progressing and may be happier back at York and over 6f as oppose to the 7f at Goodwood last time out. Open race but ought not to be far away especially if he comes away from the stalls smarter then he did at Goodwood.
3.50 York – Betfred Ebor (Class 2) 1m6f
E/W Selection: CARAVAN ROLLS ON (already advised at 14/1 ante-post) @ 11/1 with Betfred
Has been running well all season in competitive handicaps and shapes as if there is still more to come from him. He won on his seasonal reappearance as a 4 year old off a mark of 89 at Newmarket, travelling strongly and staying on well inside the final furlong to win cosily by a length. He backed that performance up with a solid run in the Mallard when he finished a close 5th behind Sir Graham Wade and that turned out to be his only 2 runs of the season. He has already had three runs this time around and has run well on all occasions. He finished 4th behind Tiger Cliff on his first start of the season noticeably finishing his race off well under a hold up ride. He then ran respectably behind Opinion in the Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap at Royal Ascot, sticking to the task well despite being hampered and giving the impression that there was a race of this nature in him. He was narrowly foiled by Silver Lime last time out carrying 10-0 but again finished his race off well and looks as if he is still on the upgrade. He has only risen 2lb in the weights for all those efforts and is better off at the weights with likely favourite Opinion from recent encounters. He has a nice racing weight and his style of racing should suit this race and track well. He looks feasibly weighted and although he will need things to drop right for him it seems unlikely we have seen the best of him yet. He is unraced on soft ground so if more rain does arrive that would be an unknown; however he is a strong stayer and as things stand he looks to hold solid claims.
5.00 York – Betfred The Bonus King Handicap (Class 2) 1m2f88y
E/W Selection: SAM SHARP @ 12/1 with Coral
Wide open handicap and the selection is a consistent performer whose last win came at York in a competitive handicap earlier in the season. He races off a 7lb higher mark today but the form of that race is strong, with 5 winners coming out of it which included the second, third and fourth all winning next time out. He lost little in defeat when 2nd to Snowboarder at Newmarket off 92 and before a slightly lesser effort last time out. He was doing all his best work at the finish that day and if he does not dwell as much at the start he will be doing so again here. Not as progressive as some in the race but does remarkably seem to be improving at the age of 7 and could outrun his odds at a track he has had success at in the past.
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