Today’s Horse Racing Tips & Odds – Friday, 18th August 2022

Friday's best betting tips from the York Ebor Festival

Coltrane / Ascot Stakes ©IMAGO / gallop photo 06/14/2022

Today’s horse racing tips scope out more of the Ebor Festival action which includes three Group races for Friday.

The pinnacle of the day is the Nunthorpe Stakes which just has a red-hot renewal lined up.

We look at that big Group 1 contest and five other races from the venue for today’s best horse racing tips.

That also includes the other Group fixtures, the Lonsdale Cup and the Gimcrack Stakes.

Here are the best Ebor Festival tips for Friday, 18th August 2022.

All times listed are GMT.

13:50 York Handicap Horse Racing Tip

Race Type: Class 2
Age: 3-year-old s plus
Declared Runners: 19
Distance: 1m 4f

Race Preview

LORD PROTECTOR should put in a big effort in for this one which a bigger test of stamina.

He was fifth at Glorious Goodwood on his latest effort. That was a race which didn’t quite pan out for him but there was nothing wrong with his effort

On his penultimate run, Lord Protector secured a victory in a Sandown Handicap. Lord Protector looks the part.

THUNDERING is lightly raced but isn’t without some reasonable claims from 3lb out of the weights.

He is heading in the right direction and won his handicap debut on his penultimate effort.

There was even better form by Thundering on his follow-up, just getting touched off at Newcastle.

CORMIER banked a victory when returning to the flat for the first time in a while at Chester last month.

That was a hugely pleasing effort for his connections. There’s an 8lb rise, but it’s hard not to like his chances of following up.

CHARGING THUNDER is a wonderfully consistent horse to follow and has been having a very good season.

It’s been three wins in his last five efforts, the cheekpieces making all the difference.

Charging Thunder was a runner-up at Ascot two weeks ago and should be involved.


Ones to watch: Lord Protector 7/1, Thundering 11/1

* (odds recorded 20:18 GMT on 18th August 2022 at Bet365)

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14:25 Lonsdale Cup Stakes Horse Racing Tip

Race Type: Group 2
Age: 3-year-olds plus
Declared Runners: 8
Distance: 2m

Race Preview

STRADIVARIUS is the selection for the Lonsdale Cup renewal 2022 and he’s proven himself in this time and again.

On Friday Stradivarius will go for his fourth win in this very fixture. His overall record at York is at six wins from six, so he is hard to ignore.

The great 2-miler picked up the Yorkshire Cup title on his reappearance run this season.

On his latest, he gave every ounce of his best against Kyprios in the Goodwood Cup and was defeated by a neck.

Stradivarius is well-supported again in the betting market and he will be by those urging him home.

TRUESHAN is the other key player in the Lonsdale Cup tips because he is the other proven high-class performer in this line-up.

He completed a five-timer earlier this season when he ran a truly remarkable run in the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle in June.

He ran a credible third-place finish in the Goodwood Cup, finishing a length and a half behind runner-up Stradivarius.

Any softening in the ground should increase the chances of Trueshan at York on Friday.

COLTRANE is the final name on the shortlist for the Lonsdale Cup tips on Friday. He brings good form to the table.

He can’t be underestimated here after finishing behind Stradivarius and Trueshan at the Goodwood Cup.

While he wasn’t in touch for the victory at Goodwood, he travelled very well, and he looks to be on the up.


Ones to watch: Trueshan 2/1, Coltrane 13/2

* (odds recorded 20:18 GMT on 18th August 2022 at Bet365)

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15:00 Gimcrack Stakes Racing Tips

Race Type: Group 2
Age: 2 years old only
Declared Runners: 12
Distance: 6f

Race Preview

ROYAL SCOTSMAN is the first name on the list for Gimcrack Stakes tips at the Ebor Festival on Friday.

He commands respect with the way that he banked the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

It was nice and straightforward and he has just gotten better and better with each appearance that he has put in.

MARSHMAN has won two of two appearances and a stunning showing at Thirsk last week puts him right in the picture for the Gimcrack.

He blew the field apart as he found a level of power and speed that no one had an answer to.

That was a fantastic response by the juvenile when more was asked of him. It was a 9-length victory at the 6f trip. He is a player.

NOBLE STYLE is another of the big players in this competitive renewal of the Gimcrack Stakes at York.

He has won two of two. After scoring at Ascot on his debut then followed up with a brilliant score at Newmarket.

That was on a move up to 6f after a break of three months because of injury.

CHATEAU is the final shortlist selection for the Gimcrack after making a good impression in the Richmond Stakes.

He was third behind the winner Royal Scotsman in that one. But it was his first step up to the pattern company.

Chateau could have more to offer and has won two of five appearances this season. This is a competitive renewal, but he’s not out of the frame.


Ones to watch: Marshman 3/1, Chateau 12/1

* (odds recorded 20:18 GMT on 18th August 2022 at Bet365)

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15:35 Nunthorpe Stakes Horse Racing Tip

Race Type: Group 1
Age: 2 year-olds plus
Declared Runners: 15
Distance: 5f

Race Preview

KHAADEM is the top pick for the Nunthorpe Stakes tips on Friday in what is a red-hot renewal of this Group 1.

It’s been back-to-back wins for Khaadem, those successes posted in the Palace House and the King George Stakes (Group 2).

He is thriving right now and really delivering on some previous potential that he had shown.

The second selection is the pick of FLOTUS who is all speed and that gets in her in the frame.

She has been much better under positive rides recently and has placed a couple of times in this campaign up at the top level.

Flotus took the Group 2 Summer Stakes here at York on her latest run, with some ease as well.

ROYAL ACLAIM can’t be ignored for the contest as she is rapidly on the up and destroyed a listed race field here at course and distance last month.

She looks every bit the part of a player for the top grade and rates as a massive danger.

HIGHFIELD PRINCESS is not without a shout either as she puts in a rare 5f appearance in the contest.

She has been thriving recently and took out some rivals over France to score last time out to make it three wins in four.

Another that warrants respect in this field is RAASEL who was just denied a hattrick by Khaadem in the King George Stakes.

Also the 2-year-old THE PLATINUM QUEEN is right up there in the market and she all speeds all the way.

She’s had some cracking times this year but this is a huge step up in grade.

Tip: KHAADEM 10/1

Ones to watch: Highfield Princess 8/1, Flotus 12/1

* (odds recorded 20:18 GMT on 18th August 2022 at Bet365)

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16:10 York FIllies’ Handicap Horse Racing Tip

Race Type: Class 2
Age: 3-year-olds plus
Declared Runners: 11
Distance: 1m 2f

Race Preview

STATE OCCASION posed a threat after form from her latest win has received a boost.

She scored a handicap at Glorious Goodwood three weeks ago and the runner-up has won since.

State Occasion has won two of four runs this season. She seems to be thriving at this distance now and is a player.

AMANZOE is seeking a four-timer and she is one of the leading contenders in this one.

She gets a 3lb rise for her latest win, which was at Ascot. It’s been comfortable and steady progress by Amanzoe this season.

She’s in tremendous hands and Tom Maruaund is booked to bring even more out of this likeable filly.

CROACHILL could have something to offer as well after getting off the mark at Doncaster in the summer.

She was sent on a longer tip as a follow-up. But the one and half mile effort looked too much for her.

So Croachill is trimmed back to a favourable distance and under handicapping is a very interesting entry in this.

SHAMPION is another that warrants respect. She has not done anything but improve with each run this season.

She impressed on her first attempt at this distance three weeks ago, taking a comfortable victory at Windsor.

Tip: AMANZOE 11/4

Ones to watch: State Occasion 5/1, Croachill 15/2

* (odds recorded 20:18 GMT on 18th August 2022 at Bet365)

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17:20 York Handicap Horse Racing Tip

Race Type: Class 2
Age: 3-year-olds only
Declared Runners: 17
Distance: 1m

Race Preview

OPERATING is not expected to be too far away in this one, even though he receives an 8lb rise.

That was for a win at Nottingham on a handicap debut a month ago. He arrives for last year’s winning yard and jockey.

Operating is seeking a hat-trick and has looked nice and progressive this season. The rise doesn’t look like it will trip him up too much.

SYSTEM is another with big claims in this one after taking a win at Doncaster a couple of weeks ago.

She gets a 4lb rise for that. System looks to be a strong traveller and can’t be dismissed from this with winning 1m form.

BAY OF HONOUR can’t be ignored either after landing a win at Newmarket last time out thanks to an impressive run.

Granted this is a tougher contest and he does receive an 8lb rise. But he looks highly progressive and is in top hands.


Ones to watch: System 16/1, Operating 4/1

* (odds recorded 20:18 GMT on 18th August 2022 at Bet365)

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