Our expert reveals his horse racing tips for day one of the York Ebor Festival, with a 23/1 Wednesday treble and best advice for bagging a huge jackpot.
4 To Win is Betway’s free-to-play prediction game, with a £10,000 jackpot up for grabs on every single day of the York Ebor Festival.
Simply guess the winner of four chosen races for your chance to claim the cash. Here are Alan Alger‘s top Saturday horse racing tips to get you started…
TOP PICK: WATAN
Second choice: Pogo
A classy 7f race for juveniles, only two clear favourites have won this in the last decade.
But I think likely favourite WATAN is head and shoulders above his rivals here, whose debut win at Goodwood was very impressive on the clock and screamed of potential.
There looks to be more to come from Richard Hannon’s chestnut colt, and he’s a confident selection.
TOP PICK: POET’S WORD
Second choice: Roaring Lion
This is an incredibly valuable Group 1 contest featuring some of the best flat horses currently in training.
Six favourites have won this in the last decade, but there have been notable shocks, none more so than Arabian Queen taking this at a huge 50/1 in 2015.
A good spread of ages have won this and the prize is usually taken by a top stable.
POET’S WORD racked up a quick hat-trick recently, including success at Royal Ascot and then back at the track in the King George. He should justify favouritism here.
TOP PICK: NATURAL SCENERY
Second choice: Hochfield
We’ve kept it simple in the first two races, so we’re going to have to think outside the box in order to land the big prize in the final two, starting with this stayers’ handicap.
Four and five-year-olds have dominated, taking all runnings of this race in the last 10 seasons.
NATURAL SCENERY should be capable of taking this based on his third in the 2017 Ebor.
TOP PICK: PRAIRIE SPY
Second choice: Ginger Nut
A Nursery race is a handicap for juvenile horses in their first season.
As such, it’s hard to get an angle on whether contenders for this race are well-weighted on the form they’ve shown.
PRAIRIE SPY won her first two races and has performed well for the Mark Johnston stable.
She is a tentative selection in a tough race to call.
I don’t usually tip favourites on this blog, but I think Wednesday looks a day for short prices on the Knavesmire.
WATAN will take a lot of beating in the Acomb Stakes (14.25) and is the cornerstone of my treble on day one.
CROSS COUNTER can be trusted to seal a hat-trick in the Great Voltigeur (15.00) after breaking the track record at Goodwood last time.
POET’S WORD can also take the International (15.35) and secure a bookmaker-punishing favourites treble.
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