Catching Pigeons: Step on the Ghas
Our latest Catching Pigeons column brings you all the gossip from the training centres ahead of the second day of York's Ebor meeting.
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Nezar could be the one to be on in what looks a very open DBS Premier Yearling Stakes on Thursday.
There was quiet confidence behind this colt when he won what looked a decent maiden at Windsor and he looked to have found a great opportunity to follow up off what looked a decent mark at Newbury.
However, after looking all over the winner, he failed to see out the trip and was just caught on the line. He showed a nice turn of foot that day and on the return to six furlongs, should go well at a decent price under William Buick - an intriguing booking.
J Wonder can maintain her unbeaten record in the Group Two Connolly's Red Mills Lowther Stakes. Brian Meehan is no stranger to running his smart fillies in nurseries as a group race warm up and he did it successfully with this daughter of Footstepsinthesand at Newmarket.
She won with a nice bit in hand and the form looks quite good with the runner up finishing second in a Group Three at Newmarket. Her subsequent work suggests she deserves a crack at this lofty level.
Riposte can take advantage of the absence of stablemate Wild Coco in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks. She is a more than adequate replacement.
Our Obsession was considered a good thing by some of the shrewdies within the Haggas team when she won at York on her reappearance and she may well be good enough to win the Listed EBF Galtres Stakes.
She showed a smart turn of foot on that day to beat a well-fancied runner-up Tuscania and the subsequent scorer Nemushka. She looks open to any amount of improvement.
Haggas targets this meeting every year (and it often coincides with his birthday - on the Friday this year) and his runner Ghasabah is also respected in the closing Eventmasters EBF Fillies' Handicap. She had alternative targets in better company than this.