York Ebor Meeting Day 2 Preview



By Samantha and Luke

Sky Bet Lowther Stakes

This looks a tidy little race and there’s polar opposites in this. Some have ran five times; one has run once. One of the exposed fillies are LIBERTY BEACH. She’s only raced over five furlongs and won her first two before a creditable race in the Queen Mary. She showed how good she really was when beating the boys in the Molecomb, proving she’s a serious horse. Under The Stars won the Princess Margret Keenland Stakes at Royal Ascot on her second run. That was over six furlongs so she has an edge over Liberty Beach but I still prefer the latter. Living In The Past and Good Vibes have been beaten by Under The Stars. Wejdan ran smartly on debut at Newbury. This is an increase in class. James Tate has Nasaiym. She was an narrow second on debut and won by a neck next time out. Moon Of Love was behind Liberty Beach and Flippa The Strippa won a listed in May but has a bit to find.


Precious Moments runs for the Juddmonte International winning combination of Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. This daughter of Gleneagles has some good form to her name. She started off at the Curragh and finished third behind some good fillies over six furlongs. She then ran at the Royal meeting finishing fifth, but second in her group. On her penultimate start she finished second in the Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes. She was last seen finishing in midfield over seven furlongs at Leopardstown in July. Returning to six furlongs is a plus and I think she can run well at 9/1.

Also running in the race is Ken Condon’s Celtic Beauty. This daughter of No Nay Never has had five runs with one win to her name. That win came at Naas when winning her Maiden over five furlongs. She has one standout performance and that came in the Albany at Royal Ascot. She finished second behind Daahyeh. If she can return to that form she will outrun her odds.

Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes

Spygate is a similar price to when stablemate Red Balloons won this last year. This guy is less exposed though. That yard have four other runners- SHOW ME SHOW ME, Corndavon Lad, National League and Three Coins. The first mentioned is rated 102 and drops in class after very good placed efforts in class twos and a group three. Corndavon Lad has a visor on for the first time; National League won at Chester last time and Three Coins won last time but struggled in class twos. Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan, William Haggas and Richard Hannon have farmed this race in the last ten years. Kevin Ryan has Barbarella who’s definitely improving. William Haggas has St Ives who won last at Doncaster in July but was beaten only a tiny margin last time. Richard Hannon has top weight and penalised Mums Tipple. He won well at Ascot on debut to acrew the penalty. Also, the yard has Cheat. He’s been well beaten on all tries. Love Destiny won on debut so is one to look out for.


Piece Of Paradise makes the trip over to York for Fozzy Stakes and the inform Frankie Dettori takes the ride. This daughter of Holy Roman Emperor was sent off favourite for her first two starts and could only manage to finish midfield on both occasions. She has since came out and won at Tipperary. If she can improve further, she should get involved in the latter stages of the race.

Latin Five runs for Jospeh O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan takes the ride. Who he was disappointing last time out, he does have some decent form to his name. This son of Camacho won a Nursery Handicap at the Curragh over six furlongs off a mark of 84. He is now rated 94 which leaves him a few pounds to make up on some of his rivals.

Clipper Logistics Handicap

Vale Of Kent’s team won this last year and he was only beaten a length by the smart Beat Le Bon at Goodwood. Also in that race was Baltic Baron, What’s The Story and History Writer. The form won’t be reversed I don’t think. Wafy has ran well to be second the last twice so has Kynren. David Barron’s horse ran a blinder to be fifth in the Royal Hunt Cup and he’ll be winning a big handicap very soon. However, I’m going to take a chance on CLUB WEXFORD to place. I liked him the last day and he struggled to get himself together in heavy Haydock ground. Drawn well in five. Petrus finished third to Mojito in early July but he’s still 2lbs higher than his last winning mark. Silver Line has talented claimer Cieran Fallon on, taking off 5lbs. Thrave and Firmament could go well.

Darley Yorkshire Oaks

This race is a clash between the two most powerful trainers in the world – John Gosden and Aidan O’Brien. Two representatives apiece. Frankie Dettori vs Ryan Moore. Two of the best jockeys around. Another edition in the Enable Vs Magical saga. Will Magical finally reverse the tried and tested form line with the People’s Filly and spoil our beloved heroine’s last British hurrah ahead of her Arc tilt? Well, we’ll have to turn our attention to the Knavesmire at just before 3:35pm to see…..

To me, this race looks simple- ENABLE will jump out of the stalls and cross the line the winner. That would be the fairytale. The form suggests that will happen – she’s unbeaten in her past eleven races; won an Oaks; two Arcs; the Breeders Cup Turf, beating Magical, and came out victorious in the captivating, ding-dong battle with Crystal Ocean last time. That would’ve been a tough race and Crystal Ocean proved there’s no such thing as a racing certainty in the Juddmonte. But Enable is as close as you can be to getting one.

She’s accompanied by her stablemate Lah Ti Dar. Her biggest wins have come here at York- in the Galtres Stakes by ten lengths in 2017 and a group two earlier this month. She’s got a lot to find with her older rival.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. The Aidan O’Brien team are tactical geniuses. Magical has the defensive support of South Sea Pearl to boost her chance which Luke explains below…


Magical is set to take on Enable once again. To date she hasn’t beat her. This daughter of Galileo steps up to one mile and a half for the first time this year. This season she has been kept busy, she has run five time winning three times including a Group 1. She has since been second twice in Group 1’s, once behind Enable. The last twice she has raced against Enable she has been beaten three quarters of a lenght. She has had a break after her last run. The step back up in trip will need to bring out more improvement for her to beat Enable but I wouldn’t rule it out.

South Sea Pearl also runs for Aidan O’Brien and Seamie Heffernan takes the ride. She would have to improve plenty to get involved at the finish. Possible pace angle in the race.

Galtres Stakes


I think the best chance of an Irish winner on day two is the Dermot Weld trained SEARCH FOR A SONG. This daughter of Galileo is a sister Falcon Eight and is also related to Free Eagle. She was last seen finishing fourth in the Irish Oaks. That was only her third start and she still showed signs of greenness. She won on Racecourse debut at Fairyhouse, winning impressively over one mile and two furlongs. I think she is still improving and is the one to beat.

Aidan O’Brien runs the well named Frosty in this contest. This daughter of Galileo is a sister to Winter. She made her seasonal reappearance last Tuesday at Gowran and finished fourth. She made her racecourses debut at Dundalk last year and was an impressive winner. I think she will be decent horse but may be playing second fiddle to Search For A Song on this occasion.

Samantha’s Selection- Bella Vita

British Stallions Studs EBF Handicap

CRAFTY MADAM has done well in Ireland for Ken Condon since changing hands from Clive Cox’s yard. She started her career in Ireland at Leopardstown when finishing second to Beckwith Place who was second at Galway. She then bet Surrounding at the Curragh by a short head over seven furlongs. She was second last time out at the Curragh over a mile beating subsequent winner Leagan Gaeilge. I think she will run well at a double figure price back over seven furlongs.

Samantha’s Selection- Salayel

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