Stoute to have Bragging rights
Man On The Spot previews every race on day two of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York.
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13:55: DBS Premier Yearling Stakes
William Haggas won this last year and Kevin Ryan took the previous two. The former is represented by the once-raced Valley Of Fire, who just got up in a tight finish over the course and distance last month, while the easy Newcastle winner Gaudy represents Ryan along with Fast Act and it's the latter who spearheads a strong Yorkshire challenge. Third behind Tiggy Wiggy in the Super Sprint at Newbury, he found Cotai Glory just too strong in the Molecomb at Goodwood but should get into the frame. Richard Fahey won it with Wootton Bassett in 2010 and is triple-handed this time. In his sportinglife.com column he suggests Tachophobia may have the call over Vimy Ridge and Winstanley but is realistic enough to know they are probably playing for a place at best. The Hannon yard won this with Elnawin in 2008 and hold a strong hand this time. Flyball has a lot to do but Sawaahel created a good impression at Newmarket and will have improved for the experience. However, it's impossible to overlook the claims of KOOL KOMPANY, already a dual Group 2 winner who was just outpaced by Dick Whittington in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh, form that would be good enough for this. Mukhmal and Irish raider Kasbah have each-way chances though both will need significant improvement.
14:30: Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes (Fillies' Group 2)
Tiggy Wiggy's very impressive victory in the Super Sprint will probably mean she starts a short-priced favourite on her first start over 6f but she was beaten by ANTHEM ALEXANDER in the Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot and there doesn't appear any particular reason for a form reversal despite the winner being 3lb worse off. Eddie Lynam's filly stayed on very strongly in that Group 2 event and can see off the challenge of the runner-up again. Cursory Glance is by no means out of this as she looked very useful when landing the Albany Stakes and has an advantage over her two main rivals in that she has experience over today's trip. The remainder look as though they are playing for places with easy Nottingham winner Sulaalaat possibly the best of them.
15:05: Clipper Logistics Handicap
Two 25/1 chances have won in the past three years so backers beware. Top Notch Tonto was in brilliant form at this time a year ago and though he hasn't struck form so far this campaign he's now on a fair mark and his jockey's claim will be a help. Short Squeeze won a three-year-old handicap at the meeting a year ago but suffered in the weights as a consequence and is now 20lb higher. Parbold ran well enough in a Newmarket Listed event on his first start over a mile and doesn't look badly treated at his best. David O'Meara won this last year and Two For Two could run a big race at a fair price while Gabrial's Kaka ran very well in a tough handicap at Sandown. However, RUSSIAN REALM is given another chance after finishing fourth in that latter event as he didn't get the best of runs and is due a change of fortune.
15:40: Darley Yorkshire Oaks (British Champions Series) (Fillies' Group 1)
Yorkshire racegoers love to see top-class horses and they don't come any better than the brilliant Oaks and King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner TAGHROODA. John Gosden's filly is in a different league to these rivals and she should have a nice prep-race before heading to the Champion Stakes. Tapestry finished runner-up to stablemate Bracelet in the Irish Oaks at the Curragh though that form in no way equates with the Epsom version, while another from Ballydoyle, Venus De Milo, is a consistent performer though probably not up to Group 1 level. Volume was a close third in the Curragh classic and had been beaten almost 4l at Epsom but she's a progressive filly who can reward each-way support.
16:20: Sir Henry Cecil & EBF Galtres Stakes (Fillies' Listed)
Three-year-olds have won six of the last nine renewals. Irish-trained runners have a good record and Tony Martin will be hoping for a big run from Dark Crusader, who won the Melrose Handicap here a year ago and finished runner-up in a Group 3 at Cork last time. Dermot Weld's STARLET had little to beat at Leopardstown but did it in the style of a Pattern Race performer. A daughter of Sea The Stars, she has the potential to do much better and is taken to take the step-up in grade in her stride. Arabian Comet stepped into Group company at Goodwood and did well to finish runner-up to Missunited with Waila just behind. The latter has a chance of turning the tables over this shorter trip and at the revised weights and is suggested as the main threat. Momentus, mid-division in the Oaks at Epsom, made all for an easy maiden success at Nottingham and is progressing well enough to get involved.
16:55: eventmasters.co.uk EBF Stallions Fillies' Handicap
Dutch Rose was unbeaten in four starts on the track, including this a year ago, before beaten last month. The assessor has dropped her a couple of pounds and given her a chance of a repeat. The handicapper raised BRAGGING (NAP) 10lb after her demolition job over a strong field at Newmarket and was by no means harsh. Sir Michael Stoute's filly was having just her fourth start and even a mark of 97 shouldn't prevent another victory. The Gold Cheongsam, who finished runner-up in that latter race, is entitled to get closer but unlikely to turn the tables. Irish raider Sparkle Factor was narrowly beaten in a Listed contest last time so could prove a threat while Enraptured is just the type of progressive filly John Gosden does so well with at this time of the year and she'll be better for last month's reappearance after a long break.