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York Ebor Festival Preview - Day 2

Day two of the Ebor Festival at York on Thursday is Ladies Day, headlined by the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at 3.35pm and ably supported by the Lowther Stakes (1.50pm) and the Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (4.10pm).They race once more on the Knavesmire from 1.50pm-5.20pm and the Racing Post previews all the day two action.


1.50pm - Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (Fillies' Group 2, 6f)

The unbeaten Queen Mary winner DRAMATISED sets a high bar for her 13 rivals to take aim at here. She won as she pleased on debut at Newmarket and then won her Royal Ascot Group 2 with plenty to spare under only hands and heels riding from Danny Tudhope.

Karl Burke feels she is the fastest filly he has trained and there was even talk of a tilt at the Nunthorpe here this week. Connections have instead elected to stick to their peer-group and the Showcasing filly can get favourite-backers off to a quick start.

Mawj beat the Queen Mary runner-up Maylandsea (finished last) on her way to winning the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket in July and presents as a key danger on that evidence, though she did cause some interference late on and will want to run straighter this time.

There are plenty each-way options, with Dramatised dominant in the market. Maria Branwell disappointed in the Super Sprint at Newbury but could rebound now upped to 6f, while Kevin Ryan's Queen Me is well-bred and made short work of her Haydock debut over this trip.

Selection: Dramatised

Next Best: Maria Branwell


2.25pm - Goffs UK Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes (6f)

This is a contest Richard Hannon loves to target, the Marlborough trainer having won four of the previous six renewals. To that end, his runner Shouldvebeenaring has presumably been laid out for this contest having not been sighted since winning on second start at Ripon in May.

That has proved to be a warm novice heat and there is a strong chance Sean Levey's mount will be good enough to add to his tally in this valuable 2YO heat.

The market reflects their hopes and maybe Richard Fahey's DARE TO HOPE is a viable alternative. The Camacho colt was a debut winner at Nottingham (5f, good) in April and has been second in two of three starts since, the only blot coming in Newbury's Super Sprint last month when he was in midfield after racing in rear.

He was second since over this C&D behind a fellow improver, caught a little further back than ideal, and if Oisin Orr can keep him close to the pace from stall two, they look to have excellent form claims.

Karl Burke's filly Secret Angel joins the likes of Washington Heights (Kevin Ryan) and Clive Cox's Redemption Time on the extended list - the last-named sure to find this easier than the Norfolk at Royal Ascot last time out and a player on his previous form.

Selection: Dare To Hope

Next Best: Redemption Time


3.00pm - Clipper Logistics Handicap (Heritage Handicap, 1m)

SAGA was the moral winner of the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, coming from a long way back under Frankie Dettori to be a close second. He disappointed back there last month under Benoit De La Sayette in another valuable handicap, perhaps undone by the sedate pace early on.

The Royal runner gets the services of Ryan Moore this afternoon and, taking on older rivals, might be in with a good chance of bouncing back if they go a good pace here. He's drawn wide, so his rider will have to play his hand wisely, but there's no one better in the business right now.

Second-choice is Tyrrhenian Sea for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni. The four-year-old has three wins from five starts on the all-weather, while he was also second behind next-time-out Group 2 winner Living Legend on AW Finals Day at Newcastle in April.

He stays further and the four-runner Listed race he contested at Windsor since probably wasn't his thing. He should travel nicely into this race, especially if they go a good clip in front, and he's very much unexposed so early in this career.

Selection: Saga

Next Best: Tyrrhenian Sea

York Ebor Festival Preview - Day 3

York Ebor Festival Preview - Day 3

3.35pm - Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Fillies' & Mares' Group 1, 1m4f)

Alpinista is a thoroughly likeable performer and seeks to make it seven wins on the spin here, five of them at Group 1 level, for Sir Mark Prescott. She is tactically versatile under Luke Morris and is very much the one to beat. Having been second to Love in this in 2020, she has a score to settle in her quest for a first top-level success on British soil.

MAGICAL LAGOON gets 9lb and the three-year-old remains on an upward trajectory for Jessica Harrington following wins at Royal Ascot (Ribblesdale) and in last month's Irish Oaks. She's got a really admirable attitude when asked to battle and, on these terms, has every chance of thwarting the market leader.

Tuesday was second in the Oaks at Epsom, narrowly, and can put behind her a lacklustre Irish Derby run to get back on track here, while La Petite Coco won a Group 1 in Ireland last time and adds depth to this contest.

Selection: Magical Lagoon

Next Best: Tuesday


4.10pm - British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (Fillies' & Mares' Listed, 1m4f)

Mimikyu and Time Lock were first and second in a soft-ground Haydock novice in June, split by a neck, and connections of the Roger Charlton-trained runner-up will hope to overturn the form now 6lb better off.

John & Thady Gosden's filly - for her part - has since bolted home in a Newmarket handicap and has Frankie Dettori in the saddle now for this rise in class. Both contenders should have more to offer.

Golden Lyra has won 2-3 starts thus far for William Haggas and the Lope De Vega filly was second in this grade at Newbury in June in between wins at Newmarket (7f) and Kempton (1m4f). She has scope for better and is top-rated already.

Chelmsford novice winner STAR FORTRESS will have learned plenty from her close third in the Listed Chalice Stakes at Newmarket last time. She was a bit keen early and wilted late as a result but, if Rossa Ryan's mount gets some cover this time, the Sea The Stars filly can outrun her odds.

Selection: Star Fortress

Next Best: Golden Lyra


4.45pm - OR8Wellness EBF Stallions Nursery (7f)

One Nation backed up his Sandown novice win with a nursery success at Newmarket last month. He only faced two rivals there, but he was well on top at the line and can acquit himself well again - albeit having gone up 8lb for his troubles.

Michael Bell's Indian Dream was a close second at Haydock 11 days ago and can take up this engagement before a 5lb ratings-rise kicks in, the previous Epsom scorer needs to be on the shortlist.

George Boughey's X J RASCAL could easily have won either of his previous starts at Goodwood and Doncaster - going down a head on each occasion. There's been nothing wrong with his application in the heat of battle and, having twice been foiled, he's only 2lb higher now. Ryan Moore rides and the strong pace that should ensue could be ideal.

Selection: X J Rascal

Next Best: Indian Dream


5.20pm - British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies' Handicap (7f)

Adaay In Asia is thriving and can go well again despite a 6lb rise for her recent Shergar Cup success at Ascot. She is, though, on a career-high mark once more and this looks tougher on paper.

Queen Aminatu arguably was an unlucky loser at Haydock 11 days ago, denied a clear run before finishing second, and the William Haggas inmate must be a consideration from a mark that is due to go up 6lb in future.

MOBADRA confirmed she's still on the upgrade when making a winning comeback at Chelmsford last month for Roger Varian. A wide trip was far from ideal but the Oasis Dream filly got there with something to spare. She's likely to be sharper for that outing, which came after 251 days out, and a 4lb rise is tolerable for this lightly-raced filly as she returns to the grass in the hands of Andrea Atzeni.

Selection: Mobadra

Next Best: Queen Aminatu






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