Couple of really good races for the fillies on Thursday and it will be interesting to see how the straight course draw bias plays out.
The opening 6f Goffs Yearling Stakes race that has been won by the likes of Wooton Bassett in the past. I’m not sure if there is a star in this years renewal as it looks wide open. Mark Johnston’s Rusumaat went down narrowly at Goodwood last time to Final Reckoning and the handicapper was impressed. while Richard Hannon’s Stormy Clouds has run some really good races and the step up in trip to 6f is a positive.
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The Group 2 Lowther Stakes is a real chance for Fair Eva to carry on the great work by progeny of Frankel. I have been really taken with this filly, she is crying out for a step up in trip and can lay down a real market for next year’s 1000 Guineas.
Ballydoyle’s Roly Poly has won her last two on the bounce and was impresive at Newmarket on fast ground. She’s tough and with just eight runners declared could be an each-way option against the odds-on favourite.
The 1m handicap is a tougher puzzle to solve and the draw could play a big part in the result. Two catch my eye, but from their draws, Sir Michael Stoute’s Mustashry (drawn 17) and Chill the Kite (drawn 18) face an uphill battle to win.
Firmament has a plum draw in box one but the other two are definitely capable of hitting the places at least, with Chill the Kite twice the price of the likely favourite, Mustashry.
The Yorkshire Oaks looks a cracking contest and Aidan O’Brien’s Found is deservedly a warm order to win. She is a Breeders Cup winner and none of these other fillies can boast form anything like that.
Queens Trust though really caught the eye with her finishing effort at Goodwood and could be the one to chase the favourite home.