Day two of the York Ebor Festival has the Darley Yorkshire Oaks as its centrepiece at 3.15, with a field of just six.
AO’B‘s 3-y-o Love is 4-9 to continue to mop up Group 1s and, with the ground forecast to dry out during the morning, this has to be a ‘sit and watch’ race.
We will turn , instead, to the Clipper Logistics Handicap at 2.45, in which 19 stand their ground with the unbeaten Top Rank heading the market at a mighty skinny 3-1. James Tate‘s 4-y-o has been raised 12lbs for beating a few trees at Thirsk and, however easily he did it, this is a whole new cauldron of tuna.
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Anyway, we think Sir Busker has a cracking chance in this race. Bill Knight‘s charge has been a big improver this season, winning its first two races without straining a fetlock and being desperately unlucky at Glorious Goodwood, getting no run at all throughout the last two furlongs. The Sauce Man, Hoisin Murphy keeps the faith and we suggest an each way bet at 11-2.
Obviously there are others in with a chance and we also recommend smaller each way bets on Firmament (who’s record in this race reads 1-3-3-4) and Arigato, which is weighted to get closer to Sir Busker on previous running.
14-1 and 18-1 are the respective odds of these two.
Televised coverage begins with the SkyBet Lowther Stakes at 1.45 which sees William Haggas‘s Sacred installed as 15-8 favourite after her good second at Royal Ascot.
However, we think those odds are too short and advise each way punts on Santosha at 7-1 and one of the Oirish raiders Miss Amulet at a surely overpriced 12s.
The Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes at 2.15 has a mere 19 runners and this time we think the right horse is favourite. Devious Company has finished second in two Group 2s since winning his first two starts and in both of those 7f races he was in front at this distance, so the drop back in trip looks a good move. Have a win bet at 2-1.
Also, we suggest an each way bet on Kevin Ryan‘s Tinochio, noted finishing like the 4.15 from Paddington over 5f at Newbury last time out. 6-1 are the odds of this one.
Finally the Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes at 3.45 over 12 furlongs with 10 runners.
In this, our eyes are drawn to the twice raced Albaflora, trained by Ralph Beckett. A winner on debut was followed by a staying on second in a Group 3 over 10 furlongs on this track and this filly looks all about stamina.
Have a decent each way bet at 4-1.
Back tomorrow for a Battaash attack -maybe.
Sir Busker 2.45 York 1.5pts e/w @ 11-2 (5 places)
Firmament 2.45 York 0.50pts e/w @ 14-1 (5 places)
Arigato 2.45 York 0.50pts e/w @ 18-1 (5 places)
Santosha 1.45 York 1.5pts e/w @ 7-1 (4 places Hills, Bet365, Betfair)
Miss Amulet 1.45 York 1pt e/w @ 12-1 (4 places Hills, Bet365, Betfair)
Devious Company 2.15 York 3pts win @ 2-1
Tinochio 2.15 York 1pt e/w @ 6-1 (4 places)
Albaflora 3.45 York 2.5pts e/w @ 4-1