Thursday ITV Racing Tips at York – Day two’s Ebor Festival TV selections

We give our Thursday ITV Racing tips at York as the Ebor Festival continues into a second day.

Thursday sees the second day of the top-class Ebor Festival heading to post on the Knavesmire where the feature race of the day comes in the shape of the Group One Yorkshire Oaks.

The ITV Racing cameras return also on Thursday for day two with five more live TV races getting underway with the Lowther Stakes at 1.45pm. Ed Chamberlain and the team will be on hand again to offer up their usual expert racing tips, insights and analysis on the best of the Thursday action and Brian Healy gives his day two ITV Racing tips at York.


1:45 York – Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f

SACRED bumped into one in Campanelle when denied in the Queen Mary Stakes, but William Haggas’ charge can quickly get back on the scoresheet.

The Exceed and Excel filly had won on her debut at Newmarket, readily scoring from Sardinia Sunset who has proven herself a useful sort with a Listed win and finishing fourth in the same Ascot race subsequently.

Along with the winner at Ascot she pulled clear of the third and that form too looks very solid with the third, fourth and fifth all winning since. She steps up in trip for this outing and ought to have further improvement to come so every chance she can return to winning ways.

2:15 York – Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes Cl2 (2yo) 6f

DEVIOUS COMPANY found another chunk of improvement to find only Battleground too strong in the Group Two Vintage Stakes at Goodwood and Tom Dascombe’s charge can get back on the winning trail.

The Fast Company colt had won his first two starts at Haydock and although thwarted in a hat-trick attempt when denied behind Master Of The Seas at Newmarket in July in the Superlative Stakes he arguably bettered that performance when last seen.

Those runs all came over seven furlongs but he has shown enough speed in his races to suggest he’ll cope with the drop to this lesser yardage where he’ll likely get a strong pace to aim at. The form of his Newmarket defeat has been working out quite well and with the potential for better still to come he looks worth sticking with to get back to winning ways.

Trainer Tom Dascombe can saddle a York winner on Wednesday.

2:45 York – Clipper Logistics Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m

Unbeaten Top Rank looked smart when making it 4-4 at Thirsk recently, but SIR BUSKER is given another chance having endured a torrid run in the recent Goodwood Golden Mile and the Sir Prancealot gelding can bounce back here.

Progressive last term, he continued the good work with a brace of wins at Newcastle and Ascot in the Silver Royal Hunt Cup prior to finding only Motakhayyel too strong in the Bunbury Cup where didn’t help his cause by hanging right inside the last furlong.

He would certainly have finished a lot closer at Goodwood had he got a run but he was continually blocked in his efforts and was never able to compete in that contest where he eventually ninth. Forgiven that run he can do much better here and with a shade more luck in running he ought to be involved.

It would be no surprise to see him deliver a much improved run granted a clearer passage and he can go close under Oisin Murphy.

3:15 York – Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f

Epsom Oaks winner looks hard to oppose and Aidan O’Brien’s charge should prove tough to beat. However as a betting proposition at long odds-on she’s no value taking on just five rivals and it might be worth having an interest on FRANKLY DARLING to get much closer to Love now than she did at Epsom.

John Gosden’s Frankel filly has had just four starts in her career, impressively winning twice at Newcastle and Ascot when tried over this longer trip in the Ribblesdale Stakes where she swept to a two-lengths’ defeat of Ennistymon.

She finished almost ten lengths adrift of the Ballydoyle runner at Epsom, but she patently failed to act on the undulations at the Surrey track and that run is perhaps treated with some caution as she sweated up quite badly prior to the start so possibly wasn’t quite able to show her best. That said, she bumped into a very impressive winner and she does have a bit to do if she’s to turn the tables.

This more conventional track will suit her better than Epsom and if she can relax better than was the case in the fillies’ Classic then she can bounce back with an improved effort. She might not be good enough ultimately to beat Love if that one puts in a similar performance, but she ought to put up more of a fight this time around and can go well.

Our ITV Racing tips at York expects a big run from Frankly Darling in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Our ITV Racing tips at York expects a big run from Frankly Darling in the Yorkshire Oaks.

3:45 York – British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f

GOLD WAND probably found herself out of her depth in the Epsom Oaks when beating only one home behind Love, but Roger Varian’s charge quickly put that disappointment behind her when going close here latest behind Franconia.

The Golden Horn filly had won on her reappearance at Newbury in June and she latterly was beaten less than one length behind Franconia in the Lyric Stakes where she was unable to get past the tenacious winner.

She looks worth another chance over this longer trip and with the Varian team in good fettle at present there’s every chance she can find another jolt of improvement and get back on the scoresheet in this contest.