After a fantastic opening day of the Ebor Festival at York, we look ahead to tomorrow’s action on the Knavesmire. I cannot wait to see the super-mare Love in action as she looks to land the Darley Yorkshire Oaks. It’s all set up to be another exciting day, but first, let’s see if we can find a few winners.
The opening race on day 2 at York is the Lowther Stakes. This is always an interesting fillies’ race. Just the fourteen go to post in this years renewal, with the betting headed by William Haggas’, Sacred. She’s justifiably the favourite, however, at the prices I’m surprised to see that you can get double-figures about Jessica Harrington’s Sussex Garden (13:45). The horse has had just two runs, finishing first on debut at Naas over 6 furlongs and then 2nd to Aiden O’Brien’s Mother Earth. Whilst she was no match for that winner, I feel she’ll have a part to play here. With Ryan Moore booked to ride, she is my each-way selection to upset the favourite.
Sea of Faith
The Fillies’ & Mares’ Listed race run over 1m 4f looks another competitive renewal. I’m keen to side with Sea of Faith (15:45) for William Haggas. Whilst the filly hasn’t been seen for over a year, this 4 year old by Sea The Stars is one I’ve kept an eye on ever since her eye-catching debut at Sandown. Since then, she’s won twice, picking up a maiden and then a handicap off a mark of 95. Both wins came with a bit of ease in the ground, and with rain scheduled prior to the race, I could see it playing into her hands. I’m expecting her to put in a bold showing in what will be her seasonal reappearance. With James Doyle booked to ride, she is my selection to take this.