A few short-priced ones are due to run on day two, it will be a day when plenty of punters have multiples running. The Bookies were running for cover at the start of the week with short odds, I wouldn’t mind but the rest of the card is fairly tricky for punters, they really aint got the minerals they used to the old satchel swingers.
Best bet for the racing at York Thursday 19th August
At 3.35 they face 1m4f for the 1m4f Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks. No surprise that Snowfall headed the market in the build-up as on the form this season, she is a clear pick, especially with the weight-for-age allowance. Barring some sort of disaster, she will win surely but is priced as such at long odds-on in her attempt to emulate Enables's Oaks clean sweep. In an interview on Racing UK on Tuesday Aidan O’Brien said “We haven’t had many by Deep Impact, but they have great minds, they quicken, and they seem to get better.” If she does get better the rest might as well stay at home! You can’t bet on the race.
I quite fancied Sayyida for the Listed British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes at 4.45 over 1m4f, but she was sent to France at the weekend and ran fourth in a G.3 out at Deauville. I am now leaving the race alone.
I am having just the one bet on Thursday and it is in the opener at 1.50 the Group Two Lowther Stakes over 6f. Sandrine was the first to catch the eye in the entries the Andrew Balding trained filly being three wins from three starts so far including the G.3 Albany Stakes and G.2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. I was tempted to get on at the start of the week but had noted the trainers' comments on his website which made me hold off from an ante-post punt “the main target for the remainder of the season will be to try and emulate her stablemate Alcohol Free’s success last year in the Cheveley Park in September.” She will run here first though and I have taken the 7-4 that was about on Tuesday lunchtime. She’s proved too good for Hello You twice already and once for Desert Dreamer and there is no reason to believe they will get the better of her here. Zain Claudette is perhaps feared most and she had Desert Dreamer a nose behind when winning last time in a three-way photo at Ascot getting up literally on the line.