Thursday’s racing tips – 9/4 NAP to end Search for pattern race glory at York

Search For A Song (right) finishing second in the Irish Oaks.

Search For A Song (right) finishing second in the Irish Oaks.

Our expert takes a look through all the races on day two of York’s Ebor Festival and selects a strong challenger in a Listed contest as his NAP of the day with Coral on Thursday 22nd August.

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4:15pm York British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (Listed Race) (Fillies & Mares) 1m4f

Frankellina is a horse I’ve wanted to keep on-side, but she’s been fairly disappointing since shaping well in the Oaks and – despite returning to this more suitable 12 furlong trip – I think she may find one or two more composed than her on Thursday. Any Aidan O’Brien runner must be respected when he travels to the Knavesmire and Frosty has to be in with a chance, despite carrying little in the way of form into the race.

The Irish raider who I really want to side with here, however, is SEARCH FOR A SONG. Dermot Weld is very selective when it comes to sending runners to major British festivals, so he must think this daughter of Galileo is tailor made for York and Oisin Murphy’s mount should be very hard to beat.

Search For A Song was a little fractious before the off on debut, but still managed to score an extremely comfortably victory. On just her second career outing, Weld threw his filly into the Listed Oaks Trial at Naas, where Search For A Song ran well for the most part, eventually losing out to the vastly more experienced Trethias.

A runner-up finish there was enough to earn Search For A Song a spot in the Irish Oaks. Frankie Dettori and Star Catcher dominated that Classic, leading from start to finish. Fleeting and Pink Dogwood made the final result look respectable, with Search For A Song also catching the eye with a fine late finish to place fourth.

Pink Dogwood is a classy operator, placing in both versions of the Oaks and Search For A Song was gaining on her with every stride as the leaders crossed the line at the Curragh. The fact that Weld has brought her over to York shows how much he thinks of this fast-improving filly and she could take all the beating in this Listed contest.