York Ebor Festival. Lowther Stakes & Yorkshire Oaks Preview. (Day 2)
2.25 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes 6f (Group 2)
I’ll start proceedings off on Day Two of the Ebor Festival with the Group 2 Lowther Stakes which is currently headed by Madeline for the in form Roger Varian yard trading at a general 3/1. She knuckled down well to win a Listed Contest last time out at Newbury over 6 furlongs which was on Good to Soft so she certainly deserves her place at the top of the market here.
Actress for Aiden O’Brien and Ryan Moore is next in the market and she’s had considerably more runs than most of those at the top of the market here, however she won a Group 3 a couple of starts ago and put in an impressive prominent display when third in a Group 1 contest behind stablemate Sioux Nation last time out. Ryan seems to like her chances here which speaks volumes in itself and you’d be foolish to rule her out.
The one I can’t rule out here though is Wesley Ward’s Happy Like A Fool. She was at the top of the market a few days ago for this however the rain has obviously played a part in her drifting out to a big as 5/1. The weather forecast however hasn’t give any more rain out which means the surface should dry back out to the good side which has got to be a massive plus for her. I do love theses American sprinters of Ward’s and this one was far from disgraced when second at Royal Ascot behind Heartache and I think another big run is in order here with Frankie on board.
Selections: Happy Like A Fool 5/1 E/W
3.35 Darley Yorkshire Oaks 1m 4f (Group 1)
The feature race of Day Two is the Yorkshire Oaks which see’s what is seen as the banker horse of the meeting heading affairs in the outstanding Enable for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori. She comes here off the back of several Group 1 successes including a romp in the King George last time out at Ascot where she beat yesterday’s Juddmonte International winner Ulysses by many lengths.
York is somewhat known as a bit of a grave yard for hot favourites in the past, quite notably a few of John Gosden’s have been turned over here in recent years with Golden Horn in the Juddmonte in 2015 and Taghrooda in this race in 2014. So, there’s always a chance of an upset but Enable should really dominate this field. She’s trading at around 3/10 and rightly so, I think Frankie might pop her out in front here which will give the rest of them a target to aim at but the most likely outcome is her powering away to a comfortable win. But, as said upsets do happen here.
It’s hard to find an each way alternative here now as there’s now only seven runners meaning only two places. Nezwaah has been progressing nicely and won the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes very impressively last time out, she looks to be the main danger to Enable. Queens Trust has also proved herself at Group 1 level and is capable of a big run. But i’ll take a chance on the outsider of the whole field as my each way selections here in Abingdon for Sir Michael Stoute. She’s about 40/1 for this and that’s probably down to the fact that she’s been beaten when contesting Group races lately but does have a course and distance Listed win to her name and has still been lightly raced this campaign. She might just run a big race at a big price. Enable will obviously take the world of beating though here.
Selections: Enable 3/10 – Abingdon 40/1 E/W