Thursday York Ebor Festival tips – Selections through the card on day two
Thursday York Ebor Festival tips – Selections through the card on day two
More top-class horse racing action comes our way on the second day of racing at York and we’ve picked out our Wednesday York Ebor Festival tips and selections through the card on Thursday.
After a thrilling day of racing on day one of the York Ebor Festival the top-class racing continues into a second day of action on the Knavesmire where the Group One Yorkshire Oaks takes centre-stage on the day two racecard where another seven races await punters.
Ed Chamberlain and the ITV Racing team will be on hand again with their usual expert racing tips, insights and post-race analysis on the best of the action where there will be five live TV races for punters to puzzle over and we’ve picked out our Thursday York Ebor Festival tips and selections through the card on day two of the classy fixture.
THURSDAY YORK EBOR FESTIVAL TIPS – SELECTIONS THROUGH THE CARD ON DAY TWO
1:50 York – Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) Cl1 (2yo) 6f
SANDRINE is unbeaten in three starts and the Bobby’s Kitten filly can continue her winning run here with further progress expected from Andrew Balding’s charge.
She has progressed with every start, winning an Ascot Group Three contest on just her second start and taking another forward step when running out an impressive winner of the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket latest and she’ likely to have better still to come.
She does have to concede 3lbs to this field of potentially smart rivals but Timeform’s joint-highest rated juvenile filly can come out on top again here and no surprise if she extends her winning run.
2:25 York – Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes (GBB Race) Cl2 (2yo) 6f
Ever Given sets a very decent standard but KORKER looks one who could relish an assignment such as this and Karl Burke’s charge can go close with improvement anticipated from the Dandy Man colt.
A dual-winner this term with victories at Carlisle and Thirsk he wasn’t disgraced in between those successes when finishing ninth in the Norfolk Stakes during Royal Ascot where he raced on the far side and met with trouble in running. That form looks solid and he impressed latest when romping to a five lengths’ success over Enraged.
Sure to have more to offer he displayed a really positive attitude last time and that will stand him in good stead for a tough assignment like this so no surprise if he finds another jolt of improvement to make his presence felt in this competitive and valuable contest.
3:00 York – Clipper Logistics Handicap (Heritage Handicap) Cl2 (3yo+) 1m
GIFTED RULER could be worth chancing to get back to winning ways and add to his sole victory at Haydock back in September 2019 and the lightly-raced Muhaarar gelding looks to hold solid claims here.
Runner-up in three of his last four starts including behind reopposing Baaashir latest at Doncaster this half-brother to Kachy could improve for the extra furlong here and here was finishing to good effect latest having been given too much to do.
He’s now 5lbs better off with Baashir for just over one length which could see him turn the tables this time around and he has a good draw to work from out of stall six so there’d be no surprise to see him firmly in the mix again especially if there’s plenty of pace on.
3:35 York – Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
Wonderful Tonight will be sure to offer up some stiff opposition to SNOWFALL but Aidan O’Brien’s star is taken to continue her winning form having really blossomed this term.
While David Menuisier’s charge would ideally want a softer surface there’s no such doubts over the Ballydoyle filly who is 3-3 this term with breathtaking victories in the Musidora here as well as both the Epsom and Irish Oaks, winning by an aggregate 28 lengths over those three wins.
She had posted some smart performances as juvenile during a busy first season, winning at the Curragh but being well beaten after that in Group company; but she’s taken her form to a whole new level this campaign and has proven versatile with regards to ground as well as bringing course-winning form to the table
She looks very hard to oppose and ought to take plenty of beating here where she is likely to still have improvement to come and getting 9lbs from Wonderful Tonight who would surely want rain.
4:10 York – OR8Wellness EBF Stallions Nursery Handicap Cl2 (2yo) 7f
TROPEZ POWER shaped as if amiss when disappointing at Goodwood last time out behind Ever Given but it might be worth giving another chance to Richard Hannon’s charge who had won the time before and had looked progressive.
The Cotai Glory colt struck by a neck from Home City in that breakthrough success which came in a novices’ contest although it needed the stewards’ intervention for him to get the win having been promoted after finishing runner-up. He was making his handicap debut at Goodwood in July when last seen bombing out and failing to beat a rival although the way he weakened on that occasion suggested all was not well with him on that occasion.
Given he had been well-fancied for that race and sent off second-favourite it was a hugely disappointing run although he does remain with scope for improvement and can do better this time if over whatever ailment he may have been feeling at the Sussex track.
Forgiven that last outing which surely wasn’t his running he could bounce back at a big price and he’s worth another chance to build on his earlier progress.
4:45 York – British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f
CABALETTA may not have seen out the longer trip in soft ground in the Lillie Langtry Stakes when last seen, finishing last of nine behind Wonderful Tonight; but Roger Varian’s charge could bounce back here with a better effort back down in trip and returning to better ground.
A Listed winner last term at Newbury the Mastercraftsman filly placed in successive Group Two and Three races at Goodwood before flying too high in the Champion Fillies & Mares’ race on British Champions Day at Ascot.
She had been running well in defeat in starts around this trip earlier in the campaign in Pattern company prior to that disappointing run latest, but this represents a drop in class and she could make her presence felt over this more suitable trip with the quicker ground no issue.
While she does have a fair bit of weight to carry here she can post a big performance under more suitable conditions and no surprise to see her firmly in the mix here.
5:20 York – British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap Cl2 (3yo+) 7f
SWEET ENOUGH is very much going the right way and arrives here on a hat-trick following a brace of ready victories at Newmarket and Yarmouth latest.
John and Thady Gosden’s charge had shown progressive form beforehand, stepping up from a fair seasonal debut to find only one too good at Newmarket in June before striking at the same venue in July with a four lengths’ defeat of Makashi and improved again switched to a handicap to double up at Yarmouth latest when tried over one mile.
That bare form probably needs improving upon with a 7lbs rise in the weights asking a bit more of her; but the Lope De Vega filly is in excellent hands and is likely to have further progress to come so there’d be no shock in seeing her step up again in this stronger race and she can make her presence felt at the higher level.