We move on to day 2 of the York Ebor Festival and I have three betting tips for you to get stuck into, including my NAP selection for the big race of the day, the Yorkshire Oaks.
Looking ahead to the weekend, we have the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap to look forward to and there are also two Jumps meetings coming from Killarney and Cartmel. I will definitely be taking a look at all three cards and potentially putting together a Lucky 31 for you as well.
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The highlight race on Day 2 is the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks, which is for fillies only, and we have a really good line up for it this year. Ballydoyle have two runners in the race and the predicted faster ground is likely to make it a different sort of test for the current favourite, who I will be taking on with my NAP selection.
The Sky Bet Lowther Stakes is always a really good race to watch and there are some classy fillies in this year’s lineup. Cherry Blossom improved on faster ground last time out at the Curragh and sets a decent standard here. However I fancy the Super Sprint winner, Relief Rally, who runs for the Haggas team.
She really impressed me with the way she travelled that day and even though her four runs to date have been over five furlongs, I think her running style suggests that the step up to six furlongs won't be an issue at all and may even bring out more improvement. Her only defeat to date came in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, where she was beaten by a nose, but on the whole her form stacks up very nicely and I think she will be hard to beat here.
Richard Hannon has won five of the last seven renewals of this race and is clearly intent on extending his dominance as he has four runners entered this year. However, I much prefer one at a bit of a price here and that is the Archie Watson colt Ambushed. He was a bit all over the place on debut at Goodwood, but was much better on his second start at Newcastle with the application of the cheek pieces, which stay on here.
You can forgive his debut run it wasn’t due to the ground, it was simply due to a lack of experience, and he left that form way behind him on his next run. Based on the assumption that there is even more improvement to come from this colt and the fact that connections historically target this meeting, he’s highly likely to be very competitive here.
In the Yorkshire Oaks, it’s fair to say there are plenty with question marks on this sort of surface. Savethelastdance, who runs for the Ballydoyle team, is at the top of the market, but the firm ground really gives me grave doubts about her chances. Therefore, my preference is for her stablemate, Warm Heart, who has some very good form on a faster surface.
She has already beaten second favourite Bluestocking twice and only has five lengths to find with the favourite here. Were this being run on softer ground, then things might have been different, but as it stands, I think Warm Heart is the better option out of the two Ballydoyle runners, and at 9/1, she’s a really solid bet.
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