Was value to deny Fugue again
Ben Linfoot seeks out the value on day two of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York and he's backing 7/1, 10/1 and 12/1 chances.
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1pt win Annunciation in 14.00 York at 10/1 (General)
1pt win Postscript in 15.05 York at 12/1 (General)
1pt win Was in 15.40 York at 7/1 (General)
You won't see anything as thrilling on a racecourse until the next time Frankel runs but we do have a Classic winner on show at York on Thursday and she's over-priced at 7/1.
The filly is WAS in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks and though she was outclassed by The Fugue in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood I think the market has underestimated her chances of reversing that form.
Despite The Fugue's startling turn of foot in Sussex Was was only beaten two-and-three-quarter-lengths over a trip that didn't play to her strengths.
The Investec Oaks winner is clearly at her best over 1m4f when dominating and she might just be able to do that in the small field on Thursday.
We saw again on Wednesday how important it can be to dictate the pace in small-field middle-distance races at York (Thought Worthy) and if Seamie Heffernan times the fractions right, as he did at Epsom, Was might just see off The Fugue.
John Gosden's filly is clearly very talented but she's been at her very best both times she has raced over 10 furlongs and I'm keen to take her on at short prices over 12 for now.
I see no obvious reason why Shirocco Star should reverse Epsom form with Was again - she did at the Curragh but Aidan O'Brien's charge was badly hampered - while Shareta looks extremely flattered by her Arc second.
At 7/1 I'm happy to chance the daughter of Galileo.
In the opening DBS Premier Yearling Stakes I really like the look of ANNUNCIATION at double-figure prices.
The Proclamation colt won despite the five-furlong trip at Chester last time and looks ready for the step up to six, with the second and third franking that Roodeye form subsequently.
Middle to high draws have dominated this race and they did so again in the opening sprint on Wednesday, so from stall 18, Richard Hannon's charge looks well berthed.
The joint highest-rated horse in the field, Annunciation looks to have a cracking chance and any 10/1 should be hoovered up.
Finally, POSTSCRIPT looks the one to be on in the Betfair. Don't Settle For Less Handicap.
Ian Williams' Pivotal colt put in a career-best performance over a strongly-run mile at Haydock last time on fast ground and gets identical conditions here.
I think he'll keep on finding more for pressure under in-form jockey Franny Norton (one from one on him) up the York straight, possibly up the stands' rail from his wide draw.
And at 12/1 I think you're getting a decent price about him coming home in front.