The 2010 York Ebor meeting gets underway today with bookmakers giving away free bets to new customers and special cash back offers and price promises.
York Clerk of the Course William Derby inspected this morning after overnight rain of 1.4mm fell before 6.00am this morning.
Readings on the Going Stick measure 6.6 and the official going was announced as Good at 8.57am with weather forecast for the day cloudy and dry.
Today’s feature race is the Group 1 Juddmonte International stakes run over 1m 2f at 3.25pm this afternoon.
Favourite Rip Van Winkle has eased in the betting this morning and is easily available at 2/1 in the face of money coming in for outsider Cavalryman.
Frankie Dettori rides Cavalryman for Saeed Bin Suroor, the 4-year-old excelled in France last year and was the top rated 3-year-old.
The trainer is in hot form and the colt will be better suited to today’s going than when finishing last to Byword at Royal Ascot.
Dettori’s mount was easily available at 33/1 this morning but is down to as little as 14/1 in places.
Rip Van Winkle, ridden by Johnny Murtagh for trainer Aidian O’Brien is expected to produce a prominent run by confident connections. The favourite has been all the rage for the race until this morning.
Andre Fabre brings Byword from France and is the main market rival to Rip Van Winkle. Khalid Abdulla’s colt was a runner up to the sensational Goldikova at Longchamp in May before winning the Group 1 Prince of Wales stakes at Royal Ascot from Twice Over.
In all, seven group 1 winners take part in a fascinating contest over the historic Knavesmire course.