I have to tell you that sometimes you just can’t think of a snappy headline, when the feature race of the day has the favourite at 2-7.
The Darley Yorkshire Oaks at 3.35 should be a walk in the proverbial park for John Gosden’s Enable, already a triple Group 1 winner and short priced favourite for this season’s Arc De Triomphe.
The media hacks are trying to whip up interest by referring to another John Gosden trained runner, Taghrooda, who was turned over at 1-5 in this race three years ago, but, let’s face it, if Enable turns up, she’ll win, so let’s move on to the other races.
The Group 2 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at 2.25 has attracted a competitive bunch of 2-y-o fillies, perhaps the most attractive from a betting perspective being Madeline. This Roger Varian trained young lady has won two of her last three races and could possibly have won the other one, the Group 3 Albany at Royal Ascot, but for being drawn on the wrong side. With the softened ground at York today a bonus, Madeline rates a fair bet at 7-2.
For safety’s sake, we also suggest a cover bet on Threading at 5-1. Mark Johnston’ s youngster has been supplemented for this race after demolishing a field of 14 others at Glorious Goodwood, coming home by 6 lengths. Firmly in the ‘could be anything’ category and holding some fancy entries for later in the year, it’s sensible to play safe.
The British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes at 4.15, a Listed contest over twelve furlongs looks at the mercy of the Sir Michael trained Mori, already a Listed Stakes winner and second last time out in the Group 2 Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot. That form looks different class and, come 4.20, the 5-6 on offer could look great value. Wade in.
At 3.00 the Clipper Logistics Handicap has attracted a field of 18 for an eight furlong burn-up and our strong fancy for this is the Martyn Meade trained Chelsea Lad. This 4-y-o was an excellent second over this course and distance in May, on similar ground and although disappointing slightly next time when only third at Windsor at the beginning of July, all is set for a big run today. It could well be that Chelsea was a bit too much of a Lad, but that problem has been well and truly sorted by a visit to the vet, so now he (it) can concentrate on winning. With bookmakers offering five places on this race, a decent e/w bet is advised at 15-2.
Also recommended in this race is a smaller e/w bet on One Word More, who is making its third attempt to win this particular contest. Not beaten that far either time, Tim Easterby’s charge is lower in the ratings this year and no less than 21lbs better off with last year’s winner Firmament so at 10-1 we add the 7-y-o to our list.
The day’s programme starts with a very valuable Sales race over 6f and if Great Protector manages to avoid being slowly away (has been in both previous runs), he will probably win, but at 4-1 we pass.
Similarly with the closing handicap over 7f, if Gheedaa breaks on terms, she has a clear chance – but it’s too big an if.