Day 2 of the York Ebor meeting today, with the first four races on the box.

Centrepiece is the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at 3.35, which has a field of seven, headed by the Oaks heroine Snowfall, who has won her last three races by an aggregate of 31 lengths.

With the only conceivable danger, Wonderful Tonight, surely wanting slower ground, this is definitely not a betting opportunity and, at 2-5, we are content to watch Ryan Moore‘s mount stroll home.

Action starts with the Group 2 Skybet Lowther Stakes at 1.50, which has the unbeaten Sandrine installed as 6-4 favourite after the withdrawal of Illustrating.

Andrew Balding‘s filly handles any ground and was impressive in taking the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket last time out, for which she incurs a 3lb penalty today. We don’t think that impost will prevent another victory this afternoon though, so recommend a lumpyish bet at the available price.

Second home at Newmarket was Desert Dreamer, which re-opposes, and there is little doubt that track position and ‘run of the race’ favoured Sandrine, so, for safety’s sake we also recommend an each way bet on Stuart Williams‘ runner at 11-2.

The Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes at 2.25 has a field of 20 of varying ability and we think the best form is held by System.

The Hannon dynasty have tended to farm these ultra-valuable contests over the years and in System they have an ideal protagonist. A Listed success at Newmarket (beat Desert Dreamer) was followed by an unlucky 5th in a Group 3 at Royal Ascot and this daughter of Galileo Gold meets nothing of that calibre today – at least we hope she doesn’t.

At 5-1 and 5 places on offer, we suggest an each way bash.

The Clipper Logistics Handicap at 3.00 completes the televised coverage and is a simple 19 runner affair over a mile.

We throw two darts, starting with Fame And Acclaim from the stable of Les Eyre. Since coming over from Ireland this 4-y-o has run two really good 3rds, one over this CD and looks ready to run a huge race under the fragrant Hollie.

At 20-1 we must have a half decent each way punt.

Our other pick is the improving Baashir, which is nothing to do with the disgraced Martin but another 4-y-o, this time in the care of Charles Hills. A course winner in June and a comfortable winner last time out at Doncaster means that Dane O’Neill should get a good spin and we should take the 12-1 on offer.

More musings tomorrow.


Sandrine 1.50 York 6pts win @ 6-4

Desert Dreamer 1.50 York 1pt e/w @ 11-2

System 2.25 York 2pts e/w @ 5-1 (6 places Skybet)

Fame And Acclaim 3.00 York 1.5pts e/w @ 20-1 ( 7 places Skybet)

Baashir 3.00 York 1pt e/w @ 12-1 (7 places Skybet)

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