So the Juddmonte International is done and dusted for 2020, but the big races keep coming at York on ITV with another five to enjoy Thursday.
Let’s get straight to it people.
A decent Group 2 to start the show with the Lowther for juvenile fillies over 6f. There is a good chance a better HALA HALA HALA will be seen here and that might be enough to get her into the frame at the very least. My selection chased home Santosha at Ascot last time but crucially has had a wind operation since that decent performance. She’s a good eachway bet here for Kevin Ryan and William Buick.
Next another 6f contest for 2yos, but this time it’s a mega sales race. No surprise to see DEVIOUS COMPANY and Happy Romance dominate here and while the former drops down in distance the latter is going up. I like the look of the Tom Dascombe runner who will have the help of Richard Kingscote who is one of my favourite riders. He was a fine second to Battleground at Goodwood and might be too strong for this lot close home.
Handicap company here over 1m. SHELIR is promising much but failing to deliver for David O’Meara and the excellent Sean Levey. There is no doubt my hope is a very well handicapped horse on some of his form, but there is a worry he doesn’t want it. This will be run at a good pace which should help and if you look at his fifth in the Buckingham Palace it’s decent form. Has a lovely racing weight so worth a few quid eachway.
Now the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks for 3yo+ over 1m4f and all eyes on the impressive LOVE. On all known form Love is different league to this lot, having landed the 1000 Guineas and Oaks. I’m not sure the form of either event is up to much, but Ryan Moore thinks Love is super special and that’s good enough for me. Her time at Epsom was excellent and she’s considered as the horse who could beat Enable in the Arc at the end of the year. Hard to stop for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien.
And finally a Listed contest in memory of Sir Henry Cecil with the Galtres Stakes over 1m4f. LADY G might just hit the spot here!!! She’s only had three runs for William Haggas and has got better with each of them. Last time the daughter of the Arc hero Golden Horn stepped up to this distance and did well to be second at Newbury. Some might feel Sea of Faith is the first strong for Haggas here, but Tom Marquand is on my hope and that is no bad thing.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas! You hear me Paddy?
- York 13.45 – Hala Hala Hala
- York 14.15 – Devious Company
- York 14.45 – Shelir
- York 15.15 – Love
- York 15.45 – Lady G
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