Once again, the ITV cameras will be at York on Thursday for the second day of the Ebor Festival with plenty of top-quality runners on show.
The second day of the festival sees the girls take centre stage with the highlight on the card being the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks, which is due to go off at 3.15.
So here’s our racing expert to take a look at the fancied runners across the big races and hopefully point you in the direction of a winner or two.
6f Lowther Stakes
Some nice 2-year-old fillies on show here with likely favourite Sacred looking the stand out based on her run at Royal Ascot. The Queen Mary looked a particular strong event this year and her fine second-place effort in that race means she warrants her place at the head of the market.
Not seen since that effort some 61 days ago it’s more than likely William Haggas her trainer who does so well with his runners hear at York has had this race in mind since.
The 6f trip if anything will suit more than the 5f she has raced over to date based on both run style and pedigree. Overall, she a strong fancy to give her yard there third success in this race since 2012.
As for the rest, Noorban did it nicely on debut over the stiff 5f at Beverley, suggesting this type of test would suit. That form has been franked since and being open to more improvement than most could outrun her large odds.
Selection: Sacred (NAP)
6f Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes
Devious Company is well clear on ratings based on the form we have seen to date and his second-place finish in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood will make him hard to beat.
That said these sales races can often throw up strange results with horses all improving at different rates so it can pay to look for runners at larger odds.
Kevin Ryan has done well in this race in the past and with his yard ticking over in decent form he looks to hold strong chance of taking the prize once more with Tinochio and Uncle Jumbo.
The former ran a solid fourth in a similar race at Newbury last time and should be involved once more but with that being his third start could lack the improvement now of his stablemate.
Ryan Moore looks an interesting jockey booking for Uncle Jumbo and he showed a good attitude on debut once headed to battle back to get back up in the final strides. With more expected today and from what could be a nice draw he offers decent each way value against the favourite.
Selection: Uncle Jumbo (Each Way)
The unbeaten Top Rank is likely to head the market but he is up another 12lb for his latest success and this is a big step up in grade compared to the 6k race he won at Thirsk last time.
Prompting had the measure of Sir Busker when winning at Goodwood but the William Knight trained runner had no luck that day and it’s expected to be much closer affair this time around.
The consistent Montatham has some strong handicap form to his name this summer including when reversing Royal Ascot form with Dark Vision at Sandown last time and the 4lb rise for that win is fair with that form having a solid feel to it.
Freshened up since this looks to have been the plan since and any easing of underfoot conditions should also be no problem. Last year’s winner What`s The Story is in the line-up once more and has to be respected along with last season’s 4th place Firmament.
Selection: Montatham (Next Best)
1m 4f Darley Yorkshire Oaks
(Group 1) (British Champions Series Race)
This looks a good opportunity for the English Guineas and Oaks winner Love to continue her winning run. The Aiden O’Brien trained filly is a clear stand out on those effort and a reproduction of those runs will make her tough to beat.
Frankly Darling was well held by Love in the Oaks but she is likely to be a better horse away from the undulations of Epsom and it would be no surprise if she got closer to the favourite this time, any rain will be in her favour and she would be the one for the forecast.
John Gosden also runs Franconia who was a course winner last time, she should have more to offer but has to take another step forward to trouble the favourite.
1m 4f British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes
Another race in which William Haggas looks to hold a strong hand running 3 fancied runners.
Sea Of Faith has not been seen on the course for 371 days but the layoff is generally no concern with the yards runners. She looked a nice strong type season and should have more to offer but does step up from handicap company.
There looks little between Award Scheme and Lady G who both finished runner up in listed events recently and should go well once more. Gold Wand ran a solid race finishing second to Franconia her in a listed race 25 days ago and a reproduction of that effort should see her go close once more.
The daughter of Golden Horn ran well on debut on heavy ground so should have no issues handling testing conditions if the ground was to turn that way while Vivionn represents the Stoute/Moore combination but is starting to have an exposed look to her form and needs to find something extra.
Selection: Gold Wand
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