Symphony Group Handicap Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Ebor Festival)

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Contested over a distance of 5½f is the Symphony Group Handicap which is scheduled to take place at York during the Ebor Festival. Below we have detailed past winners along with both trainer and jockey records in the race and see which trends have been set based on past winners of the Symphony Group Handicap.

Symphony Group Handicap Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Ebor Festival)
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2024 Symphony Group Handicap Preview

Introduced in 2009 when the inaugural running of the race was won by the popular Barney McGrew, the Symphony Group Handicap is run on the opening day of the York Ebor Festival. This Class 2 is run over a distance of five furlongs and half a yard (1,189 yards) and is open to runners who are aged three or older. The race tends to attract big fields, all renewals have had a minimum of fifteen runners which means, if you can find the winner then more often than not, you get a decent price.

Symphony Group Handicap Information:

We also have a dedicated York tips page that will cover this race as well as all of the other races on the day of the race, see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are predicting to win this race and the others on the cards. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal races during the York Ebor Festival section for links to these.

How competitive is the Symphony Group Handicap market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 15 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2010 when the race had an over-round of 119%. The race in 2022 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 135%, whilst on average over the last 15 renewals of the Symphony Group Handicap, the over-round has been 127%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £127 which is bet.

Symphony Group Handicap Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 15 if you had followed the winner of the Symphony Group Handicap next time out then you would have backed a total of 1 winner. Backing all 14 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -11.62. Whilst we wait for the 2024 Symphony Group Handicap remember you can get daily racing predictions from the expert tipsters on the racing predictions page.

When looking over the past 15 renewals, a time of 1:01.72 was set by Bogart in 2013, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Kevin Ryan and ridden by Neil Callan. The slowest winning time was set in 2022 when Bergerac won in a time of 1:04.78, booked to ride was Tom Eaves on this Kevin Ryan trained runner.

These are the top three quickest-run Symphony Group Handicap over the last 15 renewals:

  • 2013 - Bogart (1:01.72)
  • 2016 - Boom The Groom (1:01.77)
  • 2019 - Dakota Gold (1:01.89)

Symphony Group Handicap Past Winners

Here are the Symphony Group Handicap past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Symphony Group Handicap as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Year Horse (Drawn) Info
2023
1:01.93
Equilateral (GB)
8yo 9-12 (12 of 20) 12/1
Jamie Spencer
Charles Hills (GB)
2022
1:04.78
Bergerac (IRE)
4yo 8-12 (2 of 22) 22/1
Tom Eaves
Kevin Ryan (GB)
2021
1:03.11
Copper Knight (IRE)
7yo 8-12 (3 of 22) 18/1
David Allan
Tim Easterby (GB)
2020
1:02.80
Acclaim The Nation (IRE)
7yo 8-12 (9 of 21) 18/1
Jason Hart
Eric Alston (GB)
2019
1:01.89
Dakota Gold (GB)
5yo 9-10 (10 of 22) 4/1F
Connor Beasley
Michael Dods (GB)
2018
1:02.12
El Astronaute (IRE)
5yo 9-3 (18 of 19) 12/1
Rossa Ryan (3lbs)
John Quinn (GB)
2017
1:04.20
Desert Law (IRE)
9yo 8-13 (8 of 16) 14/1
Luke Morris
Paul Midgley (GB)
2016
1:01.77
Boom The Groom (IRE)
5yo 9-7 (5 of 20) 11/1
Andrea Atzeni
Tony Carroll (GB)
2015
1:03.48
Caspian Prince (IRE)
6yo 9-7 (5 of 20) 20/1
Robert Winston
Dean Ivory (GB)
2014
1:02.74
Blaine (GB)
4yo 9-5 (15 of 15) 12/1
Amy Ryan
Kevin Ryan (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Symphony Group Handicap have been based:

  • GB: 15 winners with an additional 43 placings from 280 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 2 runners
  • AUS: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner
  • SWE: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Symphony Group Handicap Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Symphony Group Handicap over the last 15 renewals is Kevin Ryan who has won the race three times with those three winners coming from Bogart (2013), Blaine (2014) and Bergerac (2022). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Symphony Group Handicap are Tim Easterby (2 wins) and Michael Dods (2 wins). There are two trainers who have not had the best of times over the last 15 renewals in the Symphony Group Handicap, David O'Meara has sent a total of 18 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst Richard Fahey has sent out 11 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Symphony Group Handicap trainer statistics over the last 15 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Trainer R-W-P Win EW
Kevin Ryan 21-3-4 +23.00 +9.38
Tim Easterby 21-2-4 +8.00 +2.13
Michael Dods 13-2-5 +7.00 +8.38
Paul Midgley 18-1-6 -3.00 +7.38
Charles Hills 8-1-3 +5.00 +6.51
John Quinn 6-1-2 +7.00 +4.50
Eric Alston 4-1-1 +15.00 +8.25
Jane Chapple-Hyam 2-1-1 +15.00 +9.00
Tony Carroll 2-1-1 +10.00 +5.88
Dean Ivory 1-1-1 +20.00 +12.50

Symphony Group Handicap Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Symphony Group Handicap over the last 15 renewals is David Allan who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Hamish McGonagall (2010) and Copper Knight (2021). There are two jockeys who have not had the best of times over the last 15 renewals in the Symphony Group Handicap, Paul Hanagan has ridden a total of 11 runners to the race without recording any wins whilst Daniel Tudhope has ridden 10 without a winner.

Here are some of the top Symphony Group Handicap jockey statistics over the last 15 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Jockey R-W-P Win EW
David Allan 12-2-4 +17.00 +9.63
Jamie Spencer 10-1-4 +3.00 +6.64
Andrea Atzeni 5-1-1 +7.00 +2.88
Neil Callan 5-1-1 +3.00 +0.38
Connor Beasley 4-1-1 +1.00 -0.50
Tom Eaves 3-1-1 +20.00 +11.75
Jason Hart 3-1-2 +16.00 +11.25
Luke Morris 3-1-1 +12.00 +6.75
Rossa Ryan 2-1-2 +11.00 +8.25
Paul Hanagan 11-0-4 -11.00 -0.31

Favourites finishing positions (oldest to latest): 2, 3, 4, 11, 6, 4, (6, 17), 2, 2, (2, 3, 14), 1, 10, 6, (5, 15), 13

The percentage shown is the percentage of the total number of runners who fell under that factor. High percentages are less appealing than lower ones as you would expect them to do well.

  • 15 / 15 (60%) - Achieved an RPR of 98+ (Last 3)
  • 15 / 15 (72%) - Achieved an RPR of 96+ Going)
  • 15 / 15 (73%) - No bigger than 22/1
  • 15 / 15 (75%) - Held an OR of 92+
  • 15 / 15 (77%) - Off a break of 4 - 25 days
  • 15 / 15 (81%) - Achieved a TS of 77+ (Going)
  • 15 / 15 (82%) - Made 13 - 60 starts (Career)
  • 15 / 15 (82%) - Within the first 15 of the market
  • 15 / 15 (82%) - Made 1 - 3 starts (30 Days)
  • 15 / 15 (82%) - No more than -14lbs (Vs Max Weight)
  • 15 / 15 (83%) - Made 6 - 17 starts (1 Year)
  • 15 / 15 (84%) - Held an OR of 84+ (Last Win)
  • 15 / 15 (85%) - Made 2 - 6 starts (90 Days)
  • 15 / 15 (86%) - No bigger than 66/1 (Career)
  • 15 / 15 (87%) - Sex is not Colt/Filly/Horse/Mare

Remember to use the trends listed above along with the York racing predictions to see if you can find the winner of the Symphony Group Handicap. Maybe you are looking to back something in this race on the tote, but you are not sure of the process or how the tote works, No problem! We have an article which is dedicated to The Tote for you to read which explains everything you need to know! Be sure to check out the other articles in the OLBG Betting School.

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Symphony Group Handicap Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 8+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +35.00 is when runners had 2 season places. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 1 place in the past 180 days, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-72.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2023: Winner in 12 (9,19,20) [20 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 2 (22,6,15) [22 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 3 (13,5,21) [22 Runners]
  • 2020: Winner in 9 (2,19,16) [21 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 10 (6,3,9) [22 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Symphony Group Handicap is Goodwood, there has been a total number of 7 winners of this race who ran at Goodwood last time out.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 15 winners from a total of 269 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 15 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Symphony Group Handicap, that stallion Equiano has produced 2 winners (2023,2019).

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Symphony Group Handicap despite multiple attempts:

  • Pivotal (0 Wins from 11 runners)
  • Exceed And Excel (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Shamardal (0 Wins from 7 runners)
  • Invincible Spirit (0 Wins from 6 runners)
  • Kheleyf (0 Wins from 6 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 15 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Bergerac in 2022, winning for Kevin Ryan at odds of 22/1 under the guidance of Tom Eaves. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 15 renewals there has been a total of 1 winning favourite in the race. Remember to bookmark the best racing tipsters page so you can get easy access to the best OLBG racing tipsters.

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