Some interesting races about on Sunday. I’m looking forward to seeing Franconia at York as well as good racing at Ascot after tipping up an 18/1 place yesterday.
Miss O Connor
The 15:05 is the Valiant Fillies Stakes, a Group 3 race where we have a few interesting contenders at the head of the market. Agincourt for David O’Meara is certainly a horse who has been pretty decent on her day. She was last seen finishing 5th on the July course at Newmarket and got a 2nd at Ascot in the Duke of Cambridge this season as well. Also towards the head of the market we have Miss O Connor who is unbeaten in her 4 starts for William Haggas. This horse is very lightly raced and is certainly one who will appreciate the ease in the ground. Haggas is operating at a 26% strike rate and I think if the predicted rain comes in the next 24 hours or so, she’ll be the one to take on the favourite, the fantastic Billesdon Brook, who was a fair 2nd at Newmarket last time out for Richard Hannon, another trainer who’s having a decent time of it at the moment. The selection though will be Miss O Connor with ease in the ground. Tom Marquand will take the ride and I think this 5-year-old mare can certainly put in another big performance, having last been seen winning on heavy ground at Saint-Cloud in a Group 3.
The 15:20 at York is a listed race which has plenty of interesting runners, some more exposed than others. Realistically, this is a race that Franconia for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori should pick up. This short-priced favourite arrives on the back of a very impressive win in another listed contest at Newbury, by Frankel. She looks to have the world at her feet – that was her first go at an extended trip and she quite easily put good horses in their place with the likes of Cabaletta in behind on that occasion. She’s top rated in the field and really looks to be in a class of her own and can give connections another win here.