Thursday 18th August 2022
Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)
Welcome aboard to my preview for Day 2 of the Ebor Festival at York. I’ll once again be kicking things off with the opener at 1:50 which is the Group 2 Lowther Stakes that’s contested over six furlongs. Dramatised will be tough to beat here, as reflected in her shorts odds, however, I’ve taken a chance on one at a massive price and that’s Queen Me at 28/1 for the team of Kevin Ryan and Tom Eaves. I was a fan of her dam Queen Kindly who this race a few years back, she was a smart filly, and this filly has already started to follow in her mum’s footsteps by winning on debut at Haydock back in July. This assignment requires an obvious huge step up from her, however, if building on that debut success she’s got every chance of running a nice race at a big price. She shouldn’t have any ground concerns either if the rain does arrive.
Next up it’s the 2:25 which is the Premier Yearling Stakes, which is another race contested over six furlongs. This is also another race with a sizeable field, as 19 runners are set to take their place currently, I’ve sided with Revision at 11/1 who’s another runner for Tom Eaves and Kevin Ryan. He’s a colt by Ardad who built on his second placed effort on debut by getting up by a head at Newcastle last time. It’s likely that there’s more to come from him, and if he does show more improvement he could well play a meaningful role at the business end of things here. He also holds an entry for the Mill Reef which suggests that connections rate him highly enough.
It’s the 3:00 up next which is a Heritage Handicap over a mile. Another extremely competitive affair, of which I’m siding with Blue For You at 13/2 for David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope. I put this horse up at Goodwood last month, where he once again ran a great race finishing second, as he’s done on his last three outings now. His previous two second placed efforts came at this track, which would suggest he doesn’t mind the Knavesmire and despite his good form he’s only gone up a few pounds in the weights. He’ll need to be somewhere near his best again here, but he’s ultra-consistent and if things fall right for him this day could well be his moment in the lymelight.
The final race I’ll be looking at on Day 2 is the 4:45 which is a Nursery Handicap, this time over seven furlongs. I like the chances of X J Rascal here at 7/1 for the team of Ryan Moore and George Boughey. He’s a horse that’s been progressing nicely this season and posted his best effort to date when finishing second in a big handicap at Goodwood last month. He was last seen on track though when just being narrowly denied by a head at Doncaster last month, he’ll contest this race off just a couple of pounds higher than those last two fine efforts, and representing a yard that are going from strength to strength he’s every chance of making his presence felt once more.