Dave Nevison's best bets for day one of York's Ebor Festival

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Tue 16 Aug 2022

Top tipster Dave Nevison has three selections for day one of the Sky Bet Ebor Festival on Wednesday, live on Racing TV.

All eyes will be on Baaeed as he bids to emulate Frankel in the Juddmonte International on Wednesday, his first start over ten furlongs.

He is a phenomenon for sure, but wasn’t massively impressive at Goodwood when last seen, and comparisons to the best ever are still ambitious, in my view, although that may change soon.

The York showpiece has a habit of lowering the colours of big names, and it will be a watching brief for me.

I have managed to find three bets for day one of the Sky Bet Ebor Festival at York on Wednesday. Every race will be shown live on Racing TV across the four days, and there's also £10,000 up for grabs each day in the Paddy's Pick 5 competition! Enter for free below:

1.50 York: Makanah

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Julie Camacho is in excellent form - one of her runners pipped my selections at Hamilton on Tuesday! - and she runs two contenders with chances here, but I am plumping for Makanah who has run several fine races at this track, including some of his best efforts in defeat.

The seven-year-old has run well all season without winning, including when a cracking fourth in a Listed contest at the Dante meeting, and ran possibly his best race under Paul Hanagan at Newcastle three starts ago.

He led on the wrong side in the Stewards’ Cup before fading last time out, but he looks to have a favourable draw in stall one on Wednesday.

However, he doesn’t have to lead, and probably won’t here, but will race prominently on a track that favours forward-going types.

It is a while since Makanah won, but that is certainly not due to lack of trying, and he has plenty going for him here.

4.10 York: Alfred Boucher

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The booking of William Buick for Alfred Boucher catches the eye. The six-year-old has only had two starts for his new trainer, Ian Williams, and might have improvement in him over this trip after he proved his stamina over two miles in a well-run contest at Chester on his stable debut.

It is perhaps slightly surprising that his previous trainer, Henry Candy, never stepped him up in trip as he is certainly bred to be suited by longer distances. However, Alfred Boucher has been a useful and consistent handicapper throughout his career, and if he does have further improvement in him, he certainly has the right jockey aboard to steer him home.

4.45 York: Cuban Breeze

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Narrow victories have meant this progressive sprinter has been raised less than might have been expected for winning some good handicaps recently.

I want to upgrade his recent victory at Windsor as he beat an extremely well handicapped, and back-to-form, sprinter in Chipstead, and even though he won narrowly again, a 4lb rise for that is not enough.

Cuban Breeze has bagged the perfect draw for a big field, five-furlong handicap at York and will be at the tip of the arrowhead formation here.

Ryan Moore, who won the Wokingham for David Evans at Royal Ascot, is booked for the ride, which is another positive.

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