The Fugue will be hoping to regain form in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on the second day of the York Ebor Festival, in what is sure to be a thrilling and quality day of racing for punters and racing fans.
Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Fillies’ Group 1)
John Gosden’s filly has been unlucky to face Al Kazeem in both appearances this season and has struggled to match last year’s form. The proven Group 1 winner is currently the market leader for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks though, with most firms offering 5/2.
Venus De Milo is likely to be the main challenger to the favourite, following three wins and a second in the Irish Oaks. She has made it into O’Brien’s leading 3-year-old filly this season and more success could be just around the corner.
Both of Lady Cecil’s entries are also sure to make it difficult for the favourites and Tom Queally has chosen to ride the in-form Wild Coco.
Connolly’s Red Mills Lowther Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2)
The Connolly’s Red Mills Lowther Stakes is a tricky contest for punters, with a number of potential winners set to feature. It is hard to see past Brian Meehan’s favourite, J Wonder. She has won both of her starts to date and has had no trouble doing so, which bodes well for this step up in class.
Lucky Kristale obviously sets the standard on her 6f Group 2 win at Newmarket last time, however she carries 3lb more than Meehan’s 2-year-old.
Wind Fire is another who will need to improve to have any chance of winning, whilst Stan James 13/2 shot, Queen Catrine finished behind George Margarson’s filly last time they met.
‘Breeders Backing Racing’ E.B.F. Galtres Stakes (Fillies’ Listed)
Say is the slight favourite for the ‘ Breeders Backing Racing’ E.B.F. Galtres Stakes, with Stan James offering the best price of 7/2. She finished second to Group 1 winner Dank, but has since lost out to Along Came Casey in a listed event. She will need to be at her best to win this, with Songbird, Our Obsession and Star Lahib all massive threats.
Songbird and Cushion are closely matched on recent form, as the former could not extend her unbeaten run at Newbury last time. The latter represents better value at 9/1 with Bet365, however Our Obsession and Star Lahib look more appealing.
William Haggas’ filly looks the stable favourite after winning here last time. The longer trip is likely to suit the 3-year-old who may well find the improvement to come out on top.
The other real danger lies with Star Lahib, who has been progressing very well this season and is 3 from 3 over 1m4f. She will need to find plenty more to win this, however it is a possibility.
The first race of the day is a hugely competitive one, with Richard Hannon saddling 13/2 favourite, Thunder Strike. Sleeper King is the best of Kevin Ryan’s 5 entries but may be better suited to 5f.
Nezar will be suited to the change back to 6f and is expected to run well in this better company. Viva Verglas is another who should be effective over 6f and warrants respect at good value of 10/1 with BetVictor.
Ventura Mist looks best of the rest in this fascinating contest.
The Clipper Logistics Stakes is another that will cause problems for punters, with a number of top quality horses set to battle it out. Wentworth and Sandagiyr both warrant respect on Goodwood form, as do Frog Hollow and Queensbury Rules.
The final race sees the battle of some closely matched horses in what is sure to be some nail-biting action. Ghasabah is the current favourite and should run well, however Nurpur, Indignant and Elle Woods should all be thereabouts.
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