York Ebor Festival

York's Ebor Festival is always one of the highlights of the Flat racing calendar. If you can't make the meeting, we have created another Festival hub to keep you updated on the latest news and views for the week.

GENERAL INFORMATION

NON RUNNERS

Saturday 21 August 2021

4.45pm Sky Bet Handicap (Class 2)
 

16 15 Snow Ocean (IRE) Declared at 06:16 on 21/08/2021. (Self Cert (Not Eaten Up))

SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK

Wednesday

Time

Race

Distance

Age

Prize-money

1.50

SkyBet and Symphony Group Handicap

5f

3yo+

£70,000

2.25

Tattersalls Acomb Stakes

7f

2yo

£100,000

3.00

SkyBet Great Voltigeur Stakes

1m 3f

3yo

£150,000

3.35

Juddmonte International

1m 2f

3yo+

£1,000,000

4.10

Sky Bet Handicap

2m

3yo+

£70,000

4.45

IRE Incentive It Pays To Buy Irish Stakes

5f

3yo+

£70,000

5.20

Sky Bet Handicap

6f

2yo

£70,000

Thursday

Time

Race

Distance

Age

Prize-money

1.50

SkyBet Lowther Stakes

6f

2yo

£150,000

2.25

Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sales Race

6f

2yo

£200,000

3.00

Clipper Logistics Handicap

7f

3yo+

£100,000

3.35

Darley Yorkshire Oaks

1m 4f

3yo+

£400,000

4.10

EBF Stallions

7f

2yo

£70,000

4.45

British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes

1m 4f

3yo+

£70,000

5.20

British Stallion Studs EBF

7f

3yo+

£70,000

Friday

Time

Race

Distance

Age

Prize-money

1.50

SkyBet Handicap

1m 4f

3yo+

£70,000

2.25

Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup

2m

3yo+

£150,000

3.00

Al Basti Equiworld Gimcrack

6f

2yo

£150,000

3.35

Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorp

5f

2yo+

£400,000

4.10

British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden

7f

2yo

£70,000

4.45

Assured Data Protection EBF

1m 2f

3yo+

£70,000

5.20

Sky Bet Mile

1m

3yo

£70,000

Saturday

Time

Race

Distance

Age

Prize-money

1.50

SkyBet and Symphony Group Strenstall Stakes

1m

3yo+

£100,000

2.25

Sky Bet Melrose Handicap

1m 6f

3yo

£125,000

3.00

Sky Bet City of York Stakes

7f

3yo+

£200,000

3.35

Sky Bet Ebor

1m 6f

4yo+

£500,000

4.10

Julia Graves Roses Stakes

5f

2yo

£70,000

4.45

Sky Bet Handicap

1m 2f

3yo+

£70,000

5.20

Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap

5f

3yo

£70,000

 

 

HOW TO WATCH - LIVE AND REPLAYS

The first four races on each of the four days will be broadcast live on the ITV main channel, headed by Ed Chamberlin and Francesca Cumani, as part of the biggest outside broadcast infrastructure ever assembled for the Ebor Festival from the BAFTA winning broadcaster.  The team that includes Mark Hayes and Charlotte Hawkins will bring pictures of all the action and every aspect of the Festival to the armchairs of the nation and around the world.  Erected over the parade ring, pre-parade ring and champagne terraces is brand new Luna Remote 3D wire camera suspended from four 32-metre-high towers, it is set to provide wonderful new shots from above.

Racing TV are covering all 28 races of the Ebor Festival live, fronted by ‘Racing Broadcasters of the Year’ Nick Luck and Lydia Hislop, alongside twelve-time Irish champion jump jockey, Ruby Walsh, and including ‘Mark Your Card’ live from the track at 10.30am each day.  In advance of the meeting, Lydia Hislop will also present a new preview programme, ‘The Knowledge’ at 8.30pm on Tuesday 17 August which will look to provide deep guidance to those seeking to find winners across the week.

All races will be shown on Racing TV, with replays uploaded to the website shortly afterwards. 

 

NEWS FROM YORK

Owners With a runner at York's Ebor Festival

York Racecourse is all set to stage the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival 2021, one of the best race meetings in the world, brimming with top-class racing action, fashion, hospitality and the much-missed fabulous live sporting event atmosphere, that only comes in front of a crowd.  There is also a number of initiatives going on for Owners attending the Ebor Festival with a runner. Highlights include:

  • Bottle of champagne sent to all owners of horses entered in all Wednesday to Friday races to celebrate World Pool – supported by RMG and UK Tote.
  • Prize-money for meeting of £4.7m with no race worth less than £70,000 – the highest of any flat festival in UK.
  • Owners catering enhanced to sirloin beef and seafood platter as per menu below:
Owners Trainers Menu August.pdf
  • All winning and placed stable staff to receive a prize. Complimentary meals for stable staff. Refurbished accomodation during lockdown.
  • All winning and placed connections invited for celebratory drink.  Winners will receive a USB stick of the race, a video book and photograph.
  • Top team of Rachel Blizzard and Serena Derby on Owners Entrance Alison Dalby on Owners Restaurant and Helen Wilson on Horseman Liaison.
  • The allocation of badges are as follows:
    • 6 Owners badges per horse and 6 luncheon vouchers.  Syndicates can exchange their six luncheon vouchers for six extra owners badges.
    • Parade ring wristband issued race by race – up to 12 per horse for up to 12 runners; 6 per horse up 13-22 runners.
  • Owners must register via PASS by 4pm day before racing.

York Prize-money at record levels

WELCOME RETURN OF CROWDS LEADS TO FURTHER £250,000 INCREASE IN YORK RACECOURSE PRIZE MONEY

York Racecourse has confirmed the race programme and prize money on offer for the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival (Wednesday 19 to Saturday 21 August 2021) at £4.7m, more than double that which was on offer in 2020.  It means a return to 88% of the pre-Covid levels - a high bar as 2019 was a record year.  The minimum prize for any race will be £70,000 – the highest amount for any flat festival this summer.  For the first time, 14 of the 28 races will be run for a six figure or more purse.

Following Monday’s confirmation by the Prime Minister that racegoers can once again return in unrestricted numbers to York’s flagship fixture, the York Race Committee committed a further £250,000 to prize funds.  Allocated over 14 races, spread across the four days, £70,000 is the new base level.  This follows the announcement in May that all York’s Group 1 races would return to their record levels of 2019 for this year’s showpiece.  An analysis of all the Black Type race values combined places them within 8% of the record levels of 2019.  This includes the £1m Juddmonte International, the Longines World’s Best Race, and the £400,000 Darley Yorkshire Oaks and Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe.

This year will be the first occasion that racegoers will enjoy a record 28 race programme with seven races on each day.  The addition of the £70,000 Irish Thoroughbred Marketing backed 5 furlong sprint handicap for fillies and mares on the Wednesday, 7 furlong European Breeders’ Fund nursery on the Thursday and 10 furlong Assured Data Services EBF Fillies’ handicap on the Friday, should add extra value and excitement for both connections and spectators.

The Sky Bet Ebor remains Europe’s richest flat handicap, worth more than double any other flat handicap in Britain and will be run at its 2018 level of £500,000.  The Sky Bet Melrose for three year olds retains its record prize money level of 2019, being £125,000 as they contest the same trip on Saturday.

Other highlights include the Group 2 Sky Bet City of York Stakes which will be run at a Group 1 value of £200,000.  The two flagship Group 2 juvenile races, the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes and Sky Bet Lowther, will both be run for more than double minimum values at £150,000, as will be the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup and Sky Bet Great Voltigeur.  The Clipper Logistics Mile, with its highest ever prize fund of £100,000, has been upgraded to an early closing heritage handicap with an entry date of 13 July.  At £70,000 apiece, the EBF Convivial, skybet.com Nursery and the Sky Bet Apprentice Stakes remain the richest maiden, nursery and apprentice races respectively in Britain.

Viewed as whole, there are 21 races at the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival that will be staged at or above their 2019 value, with the three new contests included.  This has been made possible through both the confirmation that racegoers, hospitality guests and sponsors can now have confidence to return to the Ebor Festival without Government restrictions, and the news that sees the midweek Group 1 days are listed as World Pool events.  This latest development means that pool players around the world will bet into a single global pool at York for the first time.

Commenting on the race programme, Bridget Guerin, Chairman of York Racecourse said, “York has a strong record of investing in prize money to attract the best horses and jockeys to the Knavesmire.  In May, we announced the return of our flagship Group 1s to their record levels of 2019.  Today, we are delighted to announce that every race will be worth at least £70,000 at this year’s Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.  Working with our partners and supporters, and given the opportunity for racegoers to return at full capacity in August, we are proud to deliver a valuable and varied race programme.  Our hope is that we are all rewarded with some fantastic racing action over the four magical days that form the centrepiece of our season.  I hope everyone who loves and supports the sport can come, watch and enjoy it!”

ENDS

For more information: James Brennan 07812 961140                     james.brennan@yorkracecourse.co.uk

WELCOME TO YORKSHIRE EBOR FESTIVAL

ORDER OF RUNNING 2021

Wednesday 18 August

Gate Opening Time : 11.00am  Event closing time: 7.30pm

ITV1 or RTV

Race Time

Race Title

Class

Age

Safety factor

Prize Money

Distance

ITV1 and RTV

1.50pm

Sky Bet  & Symphony Group Stakes – Handicap (0-105)

Class 2

3+

22

£70,000

Five & a half furlongs

ITV1 and RTV

2.25pm

Tattersalls Acomb Stakes – Group 3

Group 3

2

20

£100,000

Seven furlongs

ITV1 and RTV

3.00pm

Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes – Group 2

Group 2

3c&g

17

£150,000

One & a half miles

ITV1 and RTV

3.35pm

Juddmonte International Stakes – Group 1 (British Champions Series race)

Group 1

3+

17

£1,000,000

One & a quarter miles

Racing TV

4.10pm

Sky Bet Stakes - Handicap (0-105)

Class 2

3+

17

£70,000

Two miles

Racing TV

4.45pm

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Stakes - Handicap (81-100)

Class 2

3+f&m

22

£70,000

Five furlongs

Racing TV

5.20pm

Sky Bet Nursery Handicap

Class 2

2

22

£70,000

Six furlongs

           

£1,530,000

 

Thursday 19 August

Gate Opening Time : 11.00am  Event closing time: 7.30pm

ITV1 or RTV

Race Time

Race Title

Class

Age

Safety factor

Prize Money

Distance

ITV1 and RTV

1.50pm

Sky Bet Lowther Stakes

Group 2

2f

22

£150,000

Six furlongs

ITV1 and RTV

2.25pm

Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes

Class 2

2

22

£200,000

Six furlongs

ITV1 and RTV

3.00pm

Clipper Logistics Stakes - Handicap

Heritage H'cap

3+

20

£100,000

One mile

ITV1 and RTV

3.35pm

Darley Yorkshire Oaks - Group 1 (British Champions Series race)

Group 1

3+ f&m

17

£400,000

One & a half miles

Racing TV

4.10pm

Brandsby EBF Nursery Handicap

Class 2

2

20

£70,000

Seven furlongs

Racing TV

4.45pm

British EBF and Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes

Listed

3+f&m

17

£70,000

One & a half miles

Racing TV

5.20pm

British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Stakes - Handicap (0-105)

Class 2

3+f&m

20

£70,000

Seven furlongs

           

£1,060,000

 

Friday 20 August

Gate Opening Time : 11.00am   Event closing time: 7.30pm

ITV1 or RTV

Race Time

Race Title

Class

Age

Safety factor

Prize Money

Distance

ITV1 and RTV

1.50pm

Sky Bet Stakes - Handicap (0-105)

Class 2

3+

20

£70,000

One & a half miles

ITV1 and RTV

2.25pm

Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup - (British Champions Series race)

Group 2

3+

17

£150,000

Two miles

ITV1 and RTV

3.00pm

Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Gimcrack Stakes

Group 2

2c&g

22

£150,000

Six furlongs

ITV1 and RTV

3.35pm

Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes - Group 1 - (British Champions Series race)

Group 1

2+

22

£400,000

Five furlongs

Racing TV

4.10pm

British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden Stakes (Plus 10 race)

Class 2

2

20

£70,000

Seven furlongs

Racing TV

4.40pm

Assured Data Protection EBF Fillies’ Stakes - Handicap (81-100)

Class 2

3+f&m

20

£70,000

One & a quarter miles

Racing TV

5.10pm

Sky Bet Mile Stakes - Handicap (0-105)

Class 2

3

20

£70,000

One mile

           

£980,000

 

Saturday 21 August

Gate Opening Time : 11.00am  Event closing time: 7.30pm

ITV1 or RTV

Race Time

Race Title

Class

Age

Safety factor

Prize Money

Distance

ITV1 and RTV

1.50pm

Sky Bet & Symphony Group Strensall Stakes

Group 3

3+

17

£100,000

One mile & one furlong

ITV1 and RTV

2.25pm

Sky Bet Melrose Stakes - Handicap (0-105)

Heritage H'cap

3

22

£125,000

One & three quarter miles

ITV1 and RTV

3.00pm

Sky Bet City of York Stakes

Group 2

3+

20

£200,000

Seven furlongs

ITV1 and RTV

3.35pm

Sky Bet Ebor - Heritage Handicap

Heritage H'cap

4+

22

£500,000

One & three quarter miles

Racing TV

4.10pm

Julia Graves Roses Stakes

Listed

2

20

£70,000

Five furlongs

Racing TV

4.45pm

Sky Bet Stakes - Handicap (0-105)

Class 2

3+

22

£70,000

One & a quarter miles

Racing TV

5.20pm

Sky Bet Apprentice Stakes -  Handicap (0-105)

Class 2

3

20

£70,000

Five furlongs

           

£1,135,000

 
   

Total Ebor Festival

     

£4,705,000

 

 

Goff Sales Race - horse voucher as part of prize!

A ‘free horse’ will be among the additional Premier Prizes linked to success in the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes at York Racecourse.

This new initiative is offered in association with York Racecourse and Theault Horse Boxes and means that, from 2021 when the race will be run on Thursday 19 August, the winning connections from the Premier Yearling Stakes will win:

  • The winning owners will win a voucher from Goffs UK to redeem at the following weeks Premier or Silver Yearling Sales. The voucher can be spent on a new yearling purchase and the value will equal to the previous year’s average price at the Goffs UK Premier Sale.*
  • The winning trainer will win a free six-month lease of a two-stall horsebox from the leading horsebox manufacturer – Theault.*
  • The winning owners will also win Owners badges, lunch and a bottle of champagne on the table for up to six people on a raceday at York within the year following their success in the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes*. 

Goffs UK Managing Director Tim Kent commented on the new Premier Prizes initiative:

“We are always looking at ways to promote ownership and broaden the appeal of racing and the idea behind the Premier Prizes is to offer something different – something you could not get anywhere else. Offering the winning connections of our Premier Yearling Stakes a free horse is something totally unique to Goffs and the Doncaster Premier Yearling Sale.

“The exciting new initiative offers more than just money and rewards both owners and trainers for their success at York whilst keeping the dream alive for future years. Group 1 winners, Classic Winners and Royal Ascot winners can all be bought at the Premier Sale and we hope that the ‘free horse’ will be fulfilling these dreams for new connections in 2022 and beyond.

“We would like to extend a big thank you to our sponsors, Theault, who will be kindly offering the winning trainer a free six-month lease of one of their outstanding two-stall horse boxes, and of course York Racecourse, who have been big supporters of our time-honoured sale race for many years and have kindly provided a hospitality package for the winning owners.” 

William Derby, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Course at York Racecourse, added:

“We are proud of our partnership with Goffs UK which stretches back over 15 years and has seen horses such as Wootton Bassett pass through the Premier Yearling Sale and on to victory in this race on the Knavesmire. This interesting new initiative will give the winner of the £200,000 Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sales Race on Thursday 19 August 2021 the opportunity to “buy” a free racehorse at the sales in the weeks following the race, have a wonderful return visit to York and the use of a Theault horsebox. We hope this wonderful prize will add tremendous interest and value to owners entered in the race.  We look forward to hopefully seeing the yearling return to York the following year for the 2022 renewal of this race.”

News in brief

  • In a fitting tribute to the popular racing journalist who passed away in 2015, the ‘Ray Gilpin red armband’ will be worn by the leading rider during the week, with a special prize offered by Sky Bet to the most successful jockey over the 28 races.
  • On Friday, Battaash, the recently retired two-time Coolmore Nunthorpe champion and course record-holder for the five-furlong trip, will visit the Knavesmire.  By kind permission of Sheikha Hissa Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Battaash will parade ahead of the feature sprint, to let York racegoers and everyone watching celebrate his amazing sprinting career
  • The global nature of the top-quality competition is reflected with the three Group Ones all being part of both the QIPCO British Champions Series and the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series – the latter of which are ‘Win and You’re In’ races for the Breeders’ Cup in Del Mar on 5 and 6 November.  
  • The Juddmonte International and Darley Yorkshire Oaks also attract huge bonuses from the JRA for the winner to go to race in Japan. 
  • A special late entry exemption has been agreed whereby the winners of the Ebor, Great Voltigeur and Lonsdale have the option to late nominate for the Lexus Melbourne Cup by Wednesday 25 August (normal entries closed 3 August). 
  • The Sky Bet Strensall is, for the first time, one of three races in Europe to be nominated as an automatic invitation race to the Bahrain International Trophy on 19 November.  
  • The inaugural Ebor Community Hero Fund is an innovative initiative which seeks to reflect our times and to thank, celebrate and reward some of the countless thousands who have served our communities over the challenging pandemic of the last 17 months.  Earlier in the summer, working with our partners at Welcome to Yorkshire, we invited nominations for community heroes – people who had gone above and beyond in their neighborhoods during the most challenging of times.  Out of the many entries, we now have shortlisted 22 heroes who will all be invited to a VIP day out at York on Saturday 21 August – they will each be assigned a runner in the Sky Bet Ebor and the hero attached to the winning horse will receive both a prize of £5,000 for themselves and £15,000 for their chosen charity.
  • On all four days, stand-side racegoers will be able to watch and participate in the York Gin Ebor Fashion Lawn.  No need to pre-register or book, any racegoer on standside is invited to pop along between 12.30pm - 2.30pm, walk the catwalk, and have the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes whilst having a great time with their party.  The eye-catching, flower-clad catwalk is set in the picturesque surroundings in front of the Edwardian Weighing Room.  A panel of judges will cast an expert eye over the preparations and attire before them and will be ready to decide winners on each day.  Throughout the week, the most stylish in a number of categories will win a range of prizes, courtesy of the headline sponsor, as well as fashion partner, Coast, with the further support of Sky Bet offering a day out  to the English Football League and The Potions Cauldron some treats, for the younger generation.  A rising star of the millinery world, Georgina Durdy, will be on hand to help assess the style and match hats to outfits, with her regular co-host Ben Fry of YorkMix Radio.

 

 

 

PICTURE OF THE DAY

Images from the meeting brought to you by Focus On Racing.

Wednesday

Mishriff skips clear of his rivals in the Juddmonte International in front of a crowd of nearly 20,000 on the first day of York's Ebor Festival. Mishriff is the sixth generation of the family his owner Prince Faisal has bred under the Narwara Stud banner, going back to his 1990 French Oaks winner Rafha. 

 

Thursday

Snowfall first, the rest nowhere! Snowfall runs out a mighty impressive winner of the Yorkshire Oaks yesterday putting daylight between herself and her nearest challenger, Kirsten Rausing's Albaflora. She is now as low as 5-2 for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October.

 

Friday

 

 

OWNER STORIES

Wednesday 18 August

Jeff Smith image
Jeff Smith

Alcohol Free (3.35) Frankella (5.20)

Jeff Smith's wonderful filly Alcohol Free takes her chance in today's Juddmonte International after her success over a mile in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last month.

Owner Breeder magazine featured Smith and Alcohol Free at the end of her two-year-old campaign last year - and he spoke of a strange alcohol-free celebration after one of Persian Punch's legendary successes!

Read more here

 

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Malcolm Denmark

Scaramanga (4.10)

Having  become extremely successful through advertising inserts in newspapers, Malcolm Denmark came to prominence as an owner through the exploits of the top-class hurdler Monsignor. He is now back in the limelight thanks to Great White Shark, and today has Scaramanga in the SkyBet Handicap at 4.10. Owner Breeder magazine caught up with him for the Finish Line in November.

Read more here

 

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James Callow

Nicholas T (4.10)

Northumberland Plate hero Nicholas T also takes part in the 2mile handicap at 4.10 for owner James Callow. James was originally a stable lad before starting his own piling contracting business. Now retired, he admits that it "got quite frightening" when he totalled up the horses he's had interests in over the years for a recent interview for our Magical Moments section of Owner Breeder. 

Read more here

 

 

Thursday 19 August

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Chris Wright

Wonderful Tonight

Wonderful Tonight takes her place in today's highlight, the Yorkshire Oaks. Owner, and ROA Vice President, Chris Wright spoke to Owner Breeder about his life outside racing - from a long lineage of Farmers to working with pop stars...

Clipper Logistics image
Clipper Logistics

Illustrating

Steve Parkin's Clipper Logistics are sponsoring the big handicap on the York card today at 3pm, and also have Illustrating lining up in the Lowther Stakes - a race they won back in 2012 with Rosdhu Queen. Owner Breeder caught up with them back in 2017.

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Kingsley Park Racing

Highland Premier

Nothing gives Mark Johnston more satisfaction than beating the big guns with the bargain buys that represent his ever-popular Kingsley Park Racing syndicates. Their Highland Premier lines up in the Nursery at 4.10. In The Paddock takes a look at the Kingsley Park success story.

 

Friday 20 August

David Ward image
David Ward

American Star

Owner David Ward caught up with Owner Breeder magazine before Starman gave him a famous July Cup triumph. His American Star goes in the Gimcrack today. Read more here.

Nick Bradley Racing image
Nick Bradley Racing

Eldrickjones

With Sales Season coming up, Nick Bradley spoke to Owner Breeder this month to give his tips on how to unearth some value yearlings. His syndicates have enjoyed a tremendous season and their 
Eldrickjones runs in the Gimcrack today. 

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Philip Wilkins

Liberty Beach

Philip Wilkin's homebred filly Liberty Beach aims for her first Group 1 victory in the Nunthorpe today. Victorious in the Temple Stakes earlier this season, Philip spoke to Owner Breeder last year about his breeding set up.

 

Saturday 21 August

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Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds

Sir Busker

The wonderfully consistent Sir Busker runs in the City of York Stakes today for Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds. In The Paddock caught up with their racing manager, and ROA Board member, Sam Hoskins earlier this season as they looked forward to a run at Royal Ascot.

 

LATEST NEWS FROM THE TRACK

NEWS FROM THE TOTE

TOTE WORLD POOL

Tote World Pool takes place on the first three days of York's Ebor Festival.

What is World Pool?

Like we do in the UK, many other countries operate a Tote betting system, where money is bet into a pool and those who back the winner take their share.

World Pool allows bettors from all over the globe to bet into a single pool, bringing them together into one multi-million pound betting bonanza.

Racing fans from countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, France and the USA will all effectively be betting into the same pools as the UK audience for each race.

What does that mean for bettors?

By having a number of different countries betting into the same overall pool, it means racing fans can pit their wits against bettors from all around the globe. More importantly though, it means that there will be more liquidity in the pools, with opportunities better value as a consequence.

With more individuals betting into the pool it means that big stakes bettors will have less of an impact on the dividend, providing more robust betting opportunities.

Take the Royal Ascot meeting last year for example, a £1 win stake on every winner across the meeting would have returned 9% more to punters who bet with the Tote than at SP.

Plus, there was better value in the exotic markets with the pools, with the Trifecta beating the Tricast equivalent in 72% of the Ascot races.

UK runners could be underestimated by the international pools, or the raiders could be looked over by the UK Tote customers. This difference of opinion could ensure a bigger price that one might be expecting about certain horses on the day.

At British Champions Day, Tote beat SP on five of the six winners on the card, so there’s plenty of value to enjoy courtesy of World Pool.

How much money is bet into World Pool?

World Pools were available on both Royal Ascot and British Champions Day last year, where bettors had the chance to win a share of some monumental pools. At Royal Ascot, £137 million was bet into the World Pool, up from £92 million the year before, and we could see even more this year.

As well as the straight Win and Place markets, World Pool will be in operation for a number of Exotic bets such as the Tote Swinger and Quinella, which were involved last year, plus new additions the Exacta and Trifecta. 

Some of these bet types are extremely popular in other racing nations, even more so than the Win market. For example, last year at Royal Ascot, there was nearly £2 million more bet into the Quinella pools than the Win pools across the meeting.

Will Tote+ still apply?

We’re delighted to say that Tote+ will still apply on all World Pool bets. So, by betting directly at Tote, not only can you enjoy the brilliant value the huge pools throw up, but you get an extra 10% on top of your winnings.

Are there any bet types which aren’t World Pool?

The Placepot and our other multileg bets won’t be commingled. The Tote Exacta is another pool which will only be available to UK bettors.

How can I watch World Pool races?

You can watch every World Pool race live at Tote.co.uk by simply logging into your account having previously made a deposit.

TOTE PLACEPOT POINTERS

Friday

York - Friday

After a scintillating couple of days on the Knavesmire, we’re back with more tips to navigate those all important six legs. Whatsmore, those who get there bets on early can benefit from Early Bird Placepot Insurance!

 

Simply place your bet before midnight on Tuesday and should you go out in the first leg, we’ll refund your stake, up to £10. T&Cs apply.

 

But if you’re a winner and go all the way, the reward for betting directly online with Tote is a 10% dividend boost! T&Cs apply.

The Big Trend

The Nunthorpe (Leg 4 - 15:35) hasn’t been won by a 3yo since 2011 and, while a whole host of challengers line up here with a good chance of rewriting that statistic, it could be worth siding with something more battle hardened for Placepot purposes. One who fits the bill is MOSS GILL who finished third in this race last year and clearly likes the track. Edward Bethell’s 5yo heads here after a good second to Winter Power and will be far less popular in the pools.

 

Of the young pretenders, it’s difficult to get away from SUESA who slammed Dragon Symbol at Goodwood last time. Any rain that comes overnight will do her chances no harm and she could be the next big thing in the 5f division.

Placepot Banker

We’re backing STRADIVARIUS (Leg 2 - 14:25) to reassert his dominance as the superstar in the stayers division. Everything that could go wrong for him did at Ascot and if Frankie Dettori had his chance again, we’re sure he would have done things a little differently. Trueshan and Spanish Mission are both very much respected, but given the former has a 3lb penalty to contend with, we just can’t see John Gosden’s 7yo finishing outside the front two.

Outsider to Consider

In the opener, CORMIER (Leg 1 - 13:50) could run a big race. His course and distance win on his penultimate start has worked out well with the second and third both winning next time up. He’s a horse that only just does enough, so a 4lb rise for his length win should still see him ahead of the handicapper. His run at Newcastle was too bad to be true last time, so you can put a line through it. He’ll have to improve here but he stays well and could nab a place.

 

FEARBY (Leg 3 - 15:00) looks a little big in the pools too. His 5l win at Sandown sticks firmly in the mind and probably ran to a similar level in the Molecomb last time. He won his sustained battle with the eventual third only to be picked up by one coming with a late run. If the ground comes up good here, that would be a positive, but he’s versatile enough. Getting 3lb from those at the top of the betting, he looks like a good bet to make the frame.

Torpedo Leg

Last year’s inaugural running of the fillies’ handicap (Leg 6 - 16:40) saw the favourite finished unplaced and we think that Achelois looks vulnerable enough here too. She’s up 12lb since winning at Ascot and the form of her Goodwood win hasn’t worked out particularly well. The handicapper could have caught up with her now.

 

Dermot Weld’s UMNEYAT, who makes only her second start in handicaps, and DECLARED INTEREST, who drops down in class, are the two we’ll go with against her.

 

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: Cormier, Wink Of An Eye

Leg 2: Stradivarius

Leg 3: Fearby

Leg 4: Moss Gill, Suesa

Leg 5: Broadspear, Velasquez

Leg 6: Umneyat, Declared Interest

2 x 1 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16 lines

Saturday

York - Saturday

The Placepot paid a tidy £572.20 on Ebor Saturday last year and we could see another bumper dividend in 2021.

 

For those that suffer an first leg exit, there’s the fall-back of Placepot Insurance, but only for the early birds.

 

Simply place your bet before midnight on Wednesday and should you go out in the first leg, we’ll refund your stake, up to £10. T&Cs apply.

 

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Read on for those all important Placepot Pointers on the Knavesmire.

The Big Trend

With a record of two wins and five places from 14 runs in the Ebor, Saeed bin Suroor is a man to keep on side in York’s premier handicap. That’s been reflected in the betting and LIVE YOUR DREAM (Leg 4 - 15:35) is likely to be on a few Placepot slips but for good reason.

 

Sneaking in the bottom of the handicap, this 4yo has done little but improve culminating in a big handicap win at Newmarket last time. Having missed the entire season as a 3yo, he could be a pattern horse in the making, so a mark of 101 could prove to be very lenient.

 

With 22 runners going to post, we’ll have a couple more in there too. HAMISH has been supported all week and is another who could be a group performer in waiting. Last seen running a big race in the 2020 Hardwicke, he’s won twice over course and distance and can run a big race here. At bigger odds, MAKAWEE has come down to an interesting mark and has run well at this track before.

Placepot Banker

This year’s 3yo fillies look like a particularly strong batch and we think that PRIMO BACIO (Leg 3 - 15:00) can back that notion up. She was a little unlucky in the Falmouth when finishing fifth and that form couldn’t have worked out any better with the second, third and fourth all subsequently scoring at Group 1 level since. She was brilliant at this track earlier in the season and is by no means short of speed, so the 7f shouldn’t pose an issue. Put a line through her last run, as it came up too soft and she got no luck in running. With handy 3yo and filly allowances, she can hit the frame. 

Outsider to Consider

We’ve picked out a couple against the field in the final leg of the day. MONTATHER (Leg 6 - 16:45) threw away his chance at Doncaster last time by running far too keen. However, he’s got some good form in the book prior to that and we really like the way he picked up the winner at Chelmsford before that. If getting back to that level, he’d have a good chance here. EBURY is another who ran too freely last time but his second to La Trinidad here prior to that reads very well.

Torpedo Leg

Leg 2 (14:25) looks like fiendishly difficult handicap and it would be no surprise to see a large chunk of the pool exit here. A couple to keep on side are KING OF THE CASTLE and SUMMER’S KNIGHT. The former is trained by Aidan O’Brien and makes only his second start in a handicap here. He relished every inch of the extended mile-and-a-half at Limerick last time and looks set to enjoy this step up in trip. The Mark Prescott charge heads here in search of a hat-trick and he could prove to be ahead of his mark of 88.

 

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: Real World

Leg 2: King Of The Castle, Summer’s Rock

Leg 3: Primo Bacio

Leg 4: Live Your Dream, Hamish, Makawee

Leg 5: Boonie

Leg 6: Montather, Ebury

1 x 2 x 1 x 3 x 1 x 2 = 12 lines


 
Thursday

York - Thursday

Big fields and two tricky 2yo races mean there’s the potential for a big Placepot dividend on day two of the Ebor Festival at York.

 

For those that suffer an first leg exit, there’s the fall-back of Placepot Insurance, but only for the early birds.

 

Simply place your bet before midnight on Wednesday and should you go out in the first leg, we’ll refund your stake, up to £10. T&Cs apply.

 

But if you’re a winner and go all the way, the reward for betting directly online with Tote is a 10% dividend boost! T&Cs apply.

 

Read on for those all important Placepot Pointers on the Knavesmire.

The Big Trend

The Galtres Fillies Stakes (Leg 6 - 16:45) can be narrowed down by three key trends. Although we’re just looking for placed horses, previous winners throw up two clear patterns.

 

Each of the last 20 winners carried no more than 9-4 and had finished in the first three within their last three starts. That halves the potential for our Placepot, but when you consider that nine of the 14 horses in the frame in the last five years were rated 97+, it gives us two contenders.

 

ABSTINENCE didn’t get the clearest of runs when just a length behind subsequent Group 3 winner Free Wind in third last time on what was her first try at the trip. She certainly stayed and can go close with a clearer passage.

 

PORTFOLIO filled the same position on her first attempt at 1m4f, getting to within a length of Oaks fourth Save A Forest. Another run of that quality can see her go close.

Placepot Banker

It’s no surprise but Placepot punters need not try to be too clever when it comes to the Yorkshire Oaks (Leg 4 - 15:35), with SNOWFALL the obvious pick. The dual Oaks winner gets her ground, receives weight from two of her three closest challenges at the weights, and is simply the best middle-distance filly around at the moment. Her three wins have provided an aggregate winning distance of 28l, showing that nothing in her own generation have had any answers for her.

 

Enable has been the only non-3yo to take this race in the last eight years, and she only had the 100/1 chance South Sea Pearl to contend with. With the ground unlikely to be in Wonderful Tonight’s favour, it’s hard to see SNOWFALL beaten, let alone out of the first two.

Outsider to Consider

CLIFFS OF CAPRI (Leg 3 - 15:00) only had one rival behind him entering the final furlong of the International Handicap at Ascot last time out over 7f. The way in which Jamie Osbourne’s gelding finished off the race to close out the contest a never-nearer fourth suggests this return to a mile should be up his street. He’ll need to settle better than in his previous cracks at the trip, but if getting into a nice rhythm and the gaps open when needed, he’s well-treated to go close at a bit of a price. He’s got plenty of experience in these big field events and could finally get his day in the sun.

Torpedo Leg

Although favourites have done well in the Lowther (Leg 1 - 13:50) in recent years, we’ve also seen horses at SPs of 12/1, 16/1, 20/1 and 25/1 (twice) finish in the frame since 2016. With early bird Placepot Insurance in play for those getting on the night before, it might be worth a free swing at a couple at big prices.

 

NAZANIN still looked a work in progress when winning first time out at Newbury, but still showed enough talent to win by just over a length. It was a similar story, without the victory at Ascot, when travelling well for most of the race, before appearing to get worried out of it when challenged from both sides, before finishing fourth. There’s still likely to be more to come and she’s not one to give up on.

 

VERTIGINOUS is another who isn’t particularly straightforward. Beaten favourite on two of her three runs, her best performance was when fifth at a massive price in the Queen Mary. Last time out at Kempton she didn’t handle the bend, running awkwardly into the home straight, but to her credit got back into things in the final furlong. The straight 6f should be more to her liking.

 

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: Nazanin, Vertiginous

Leg 2: System, Mojomaker

Leg 3: Astro King, Cliffs Of Capri

Leg 4: Snowfall

Leg 5: Caio Shark, Alflaila

Leg 6: Abstinence, Portfolio

2 x 2 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 32 lines

Wednesday

York - Wednesday

The opening day of York’s Ebor Festival and our latest chance to enjoy Early Bird Placepot Insurance, but getting your bet on the day before racing.

 

Simply place your bet before midnight on Tuesday and should you go out in the first leg, we’ll refund your stake, up to £10.

 

But if you’re a winner and go all the way, the reward for betting directly online with Tote is a 10% dividend boost! T&Cs apply.

 

Read on for those all important Placepot Pointers on the Knavesmire.

The Big Trend

Messrs Dods and O’Meara are worth keeping an eye on in the opening event of the Ebor Festival (13:50), with the pair responsible for nearly a third of those in the frame of the opening sprint handicap, despite saddling just 13% of the runners. 

 

The duo have two each in this year’s event, and while Ostilio makes little appeal on current form for Paul Midgley, the other three get into our perm.

 

INDIAN SOUNDS, down the bottom of the weights, went close at Haydock last time out and is off the same mark here.

 

Michael Dods pair of PENDLETON AND JAWWAAL are solid enough picks. The former was a decent winner over the bare 5f here in July while the latter has run plenty of big races in large field sprint handicaps over the years.

Placepot Banker

The trends suggest you want a horse who’s not been predisposed to staying trips in their career Great Voltigeur (Leg 3 - 15:00), with the 19 of the last 20 winners all having run no further than 1m4½f previously. However, the potential improvement from KEMARI on just his fourth start is just too much to ignore for our Placepot perm.

 

He’s improved leaps and bounds with each of his three starts, from finishing second on debut, to bolting up by 6l at Yarmouth before taking the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot most recently. He hit the front a long way out in Berkshire, but kept up the gallop under William Buick to run out a ready winner of the Group 2. He’s not in the Leger, but victory in this event will surely see a Group 1 on his radar soon enough.

Outsider to Consider

Many will be deciding between Love and Mishriff for their representative in the Juddmonte International, but at a price, ALENQUER shouldn’t be discounted. Victorious over the subsequent Derby winner Adayar at Sandown first time out this season, he showed that was no fluke when taking the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot next time out. Third in the Grand Prix de Paris where he was given an awful lot to do warrants marking up, and he’s by no means out of this getting weight from his big rivals. With three-year-olds beating their elders four times in Group 1s this year the Classic generation do hold the advantage.

Torpedo Leg

Fifteen runners and just three places up for grabs will send shivers down the spines of Placepot punters, with the possibility of a mass exit in the final leg of the day (16:45). 

 

Keeping it simple and sticking towards the top end of the pool might be the most calculated play here.

 

TENAYA CANYON has won two of her three outings since being dropped back to 5f by trainer, Ed Walker. She beat the revitalised veteran Copper Knight at Doncaster last time in good style and might still have more to come from a 5lb higher mark.

 

EY UP IT’S MAGGIE was given a relatively easy time of things after veering right and bumping a rival a furlong out over course and distance in May, but still finished a good fourth. Having made amends for that in style at Carlisle next time, she ran two respectable races over 6f, her run petering out late on. A drop in trip could see her close again.

 

Our Placepot Perm

Leg 1: Pendleton, Jawwaal, Indian Sounds

Leg 2: Imperial Fighter, Noble Truth

Leg 3: Kemari

Leg 4: Mishriff, Alenquer 

Leg 5:  Rajinsky, Island Brave

Leg 6:  Tenaya Canyon, Ey Up Its Maggie

3 x 2 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 48 lines



 

 

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