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York Ebor Festival: Day two live blog
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Dutch Rose has won the concluding evenmasters.co.uk EBF Fillies Stake at 8-1 for David O'Meara, the Nawton handler's second winner of the day.
Following the win O'Meara has extended his lead at the top of the York racecourse trainers' championship to two winners over William Haggas.
Join us again tomorrow for all the build up and coverage on Nunthorpe day, one of the biggest and best sprint races in the calendar in which Bryan Smart's Moviesta will fly the flag for Yorkshire.
David Bergin has replaced Ted Durcin on Sweetnessandlight - Middleham trainer Jason Ward's able filly - in the last here at York.
Just seen Mont Ras won at 25's today, I would follow that horse over a cliff. All heart out in front. #YorkRaces— @mattpoole3 22 August 2013
The end is nigh once more.
But, before the second day of the Ebor Festival comes to a finish, we have the eventmasters.co.uk Fillies' Stakes over seven furlongs at 4.55pm.
Frankie Dettori got his first winner of the York Ebor Festival as he guided the William Haggas trained Our Obsession to a determined success in the Listed Galtres Fillies Stakes.
Sent off the 3-1 favourite, Dettori had the three-year-old settled in third and timed his move to perfection, holding off the sustained challenge of Say by a neck at the line.
Well how do you follow that?
You stage the Listed Galtres Stakes, over a mile and a half.
Star Lahib, trained by Mark Johnston at Middleham, represents the home county in this one.
John Gosden, trainer of The Fugue, said the Arc or the Breeders' Cup could now be on the agenda for his superstar.
"We could look at the Arc if the ground was good or good to soft but not bottomless," he said. "She's come back (after the Eclipse) which is full testament to her."
William Buick, rider of The Fugue, said of the filly's stunning victory in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks:
"It's good to see her back to her best. It's my first Group 1 with her and it was well deserved. I am very pleased for the whole team and for the filly herself to have told everyone how good she is.
"She has put the record straight."
Fuguey babbbbyyyyyy!!! What a run #YorkRaces— @MangeWBA 22 August 2013
WOW! #yorkraces The Fuge was brilliant !!! Superb, Lovely to watch.— @1FurlongToGo 22 August 2013
Well that was very impressive. The Fugue has absolutely bolted up in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
The 2-1 favourite was cantering alongside Venus de Milo, who was flat out, at the two furlong marker and she simply swept away when rider William Buick gave her the merest of prods.
It was four lengths at the finish. Very, very good indeed.
The Fugue is the 2-1 favourite on track. Venus de Milo is 9-4 with Riposte next in the market at 5-1.
John Gosden's filly The Fugue looks magnificent as she is paraded in front of the stands here.
Riposte is on her toes and jockey Tom Queally is trying to keep her calm on her way to the start.
The feature race of day two is almost upon us. The jockeys are about to come out into the parade ring before the start of the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
There's Group 1 honours and more than £354,000 in prize money at stake.
O'Meara said of Mont Ras' victory:
"We were concerned about his wide draw but he loves fast ground, broke really sharply today and he was left alone out in front. He probably got the run of the race, the whole team will be delighted."
Mont Ras, to much jubiliation from winning connections standing just outside the press room, has won the Clipper Logistic Stakes for Nawton trainer David O'Meara.
Its the six-year-old's fourth win this season and, with David Bergin in the saddle, he won from a long way out - holding Windhoek at bay by a length to spring a 25-1 shock.
O'Meara is having one heck of a season on Knavesmire. That's his eighth winner of the campaign here.
George Margarson, trainer of Lucky Kristale, was delighted with her performance and has the 1,000 Guineas next year in the back of his mind:
"Today is the first time she's convinced me she'll get a mile for the Guineas. It took Tom (Queally) until half way up the back straight to pull her up."
Bookmakers have reacted by cutting her to 16/1 from 25/1 for the May Classic.
Just a few here #yorkraces http://t.co/wocP9t0wqn— @joanneroney 22 August 2013
Lucky Kristale has won the Connolly's RED MILLS Lowther Stakes. Interestingly, the 5-2 joint-favourite won in very similar fashion to Haikbidiac half an hour ago - coming down the stands' side rail.
There wasn't much of a split in the group but Tom Queally definitely steered the juvenile down that path. I wonder if the ground is a bit better, or quicker at any rate, down that side.
Lucky Kristale is the 5-2 favourite for the Lowther. J Wonder is 11-4 and Wind Fire, Jack Keene's paddock pick, has come in from 11-2 to 5-1.
Jack Keene has been poking round the paddock looking at the Lowther Stakes contenders.
He reports that J Wonder and Lucky Kristale both looked relaxed and well but Wind Fire, a strong and imposing sort, looked particularly fit.
Keene reckons she looks a lot stronger than all of the other contenders.
The Group 2 Connolly's Red Mills Lowther Stakes is up next at York. J Wonder and Lucky Kristale are the market leaders. #Ebor2013— @ChampionsSeries 22 August 2013
Haikbidiac came home in a shade over one minute and ten seconds, and his connections take home a first prize of £154,769.
My maths aren't great but I think that works out at more than £2,210 per second. Probably up there with some Premier League footballers.
Not bad for just over a minute's graft.
RUFFORD reared up in the stalls before the off & despite being backed from 10/1 into 6/1 favourite can only manage 5th. #Ebor2013— @Precise_Tips 22 August 2013
Before today, William Haggas had a 25% strike rate at York. #Ebor2013— @ChampionsSeries 22 August 2013
Haikbidiac (9-1) has won the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes for Skipton-born William Haggas and jockey Liam Jones.
The jockey ploughed a lone furrow down the stands' side rail, with all the other principals on the other side of the course.
Thunder Strike was the best of those, but he was two lengths adrift, and Nezar, also trained by Haggas, was third.
Even though the horse was close to the leaders in the betting market, there was virtual silence in the Ebor Stand when Haikbidiac crossed the line. Not sure many were on.
All you need to know about this race can be summed up in one line.
There are now four co-favourites for the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes.
Thunder Strike, Rufford, Sleeper King and Nezar are all 8-1.
It's a bit of a minefield.
Just a few minutes until the off in the opening DBS Premier Yearling Stakes. Hambleton's Kevin Ryan has won this race the last two years with Bogart and Hototo.
He has two good chances at the top of the market with Sleeper King, the 8-1 joint second favourite, and Oasis Town at 10-1.
Thunder Strike, trained by Richard Hannon, is the 7-1 favourite but there are a raft of North Yorkshire-trained runners in this with perennial York champion trainer Richard Fahey looking to strike gold with Rufford (8-1).
Johnny Murtagh now on board No.13 Nezar trained by William Haggas in the opener. #York #Ebor2013— @roryjiwani 22 August 2013
Not too far away from getting under way on day two of the Ebor Festival. Some of the runners for the first are now in the saddling enclosure...
David Wachman with a runner in York today. 1 runner with Ryan Moore on board. Could be a tip in itself #ShrewdOperator #EborFestival— @DylanBrennan1 22 August 2013
We've been scouring the track for racing gossip and have caught up with Irish bookie Paddy Power who has not one, but two, runners in tomorrow's Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.
Sole Power, of course, should be no stranger to punters at York having become the first 100-1 shot to claim a Group 1 race in nearly 40 years when winning the five-furlong Knavesmire dash three years ago.
But the Power family also have another live contender in Slade Power, who is a 7-1 shot to take the sprinting crown.
Power's mother Sabina half owns both Sole and Slade Power and bred the latter.
“Sole Power has already won a couple of Group 1s but Slade Power is such an improver," he said of the pair's prospects.
"My heart says Sole Power, my head kind of says Slade – but a dead heat will do.
“Sole wants fast ground and a crazy pace. Every time he gets beaten the jockey says they didn’t go fast enough for him. It’s always the excuse.
“That day when he won the Nunthorpe at 100s a couple of years ago, it was a crazy pace. Rose Blossom took them along and he was the only one still on the bridle – everything else was off the bridle and he travelled really well.
“My dad says ‘you don’t need to back them, you’ll get the prize money’ but I don’t get any prize money! He gets all of it.
“It’s a pain for me trying to decide which one of them to back so I’ve managed to couple the two of them and I’ll back them both and in a reverse forecast and try and have a party.
“If you put the gun to mum and dad’s head, they would be like me and say the heart says Sole Power. But if Slade goes and wins that is great because they have bred him – and he’s the first horse they have ever bred.
“We’re hardly Coolmore but it is an interesting angle to it and a lovely way to keep the Power name going.”
The master of Ballydoyle Aidan O'Brien is no stranger to success on the Knavesmire.
His three-year-old filly Say could be the one to be on in the Listed Galtres Stakes at 4.20.
She has been running with credit in strong events over an inadequate trip of late, most notably a length-and-a-half second to subesquent runaway winner of the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes in the US, Dank.
Moved back up to a more favourable mile-and-a-half, she could take all the beating dropped in class.
Round two betting. Here's hoping some of the bets actually come in! #yorkraces— @D_Jimmison 22 August 2013
The four locally trained runners in Saturday's Betfred Ebor Handicap have learned the fate of their draw for the one-mile-six-furlong contest.
Saptapadi was strongly fancied for this race in 2011, and Brian Ellison's seven-year-old will be housed in stall nine for his second crack at Europe's richest handicap.
Leading trainer at the course David O'Meara has targeted the Ebor with Tropical Beat, who will emerge from stall six on Saturday afternoon.
Middleham's Mark Johnston gained his first winner of the Festival with Broxbourne on Wednesday and Oriental Fox will bid for glory from stall four.
Yorkshire's fourth hope is Blue Surf, ridden by Boroughbridge-based jockey Paul Mulrennan, for Amanda Perrett. He has landed stall number ten for the Festival's signature race.
The draw for Saturday's Betfred Ebor Handicap is about to get under way in the parade ring.
Watch out for Saptapadi, trained by Brian Ellison at Norton, who was in the frame two years ago - when stablemate Moyenne Corniche took the honours. He will have another crack at the mile-and-three-quarter race after creeping in near the bottom of the weights.
Tropical Beat is also set to run for Nawton trainer David O'Meara, while Boroughbridge jockey Paul Mulrennan is on board Amanda Perrett's Blue Surf, currently a 25-1 chance.
Oriental Fox represents Middleham trainer Mark Johnston.
RT @TurfTrax: Sectional times for all races on Day 1 of the @yorkracecourse #Ebor2013 available here http://t.co/z0Kg1KvnDo— @ShannonMcG_BHA 22 August 2013
Second day of #YorkRaces today, be aware of road closures and increased traffic, if you are going along then enjoy yourselves— @SNAYorkCityEast 22 August 2013
It wasn't so much Keene's Crackers yesterday as Keene's Calamities. He did have a winner, though, courtesy of the short-priced favourite Telescope in the Great Voltigeur Stakes.
As Yazz once sang, however, the only way is up and Keene is in confident mood ahead of today's selections. He's so confident, in fact, he has 'guaranteed' four winners out of the six races. And if you believe that....
He's also promised to do something quite unsavoury if Lucky Kristale doesn't win the Lowther. I've never been keener (get it? I'm already tired of that joke) to see a victory in my life. Young people today.
Keene's Crackers: 1.55 Rufford, 2.30 Lucky Kristale, 3.05 Windhoek, 3.40 Venus De Milo, 4.20 Say, 4.55 Shesastar.
With all the focus on the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, it's easy to forget that some of next year's contenders could be on show today in the Lowther Stakes at 2.30pm.
It hasn't slipped Jack Keene's mind, however, and he gives his thoughts on the six furlong race below:
Two-year-old fillies will be in focus in the Connolly's Red Mills Lowther Stakes over six furlongs as they compete for the £85,000 first prize.
Newmarket based trainer George Margarson has strong claims with Lucky Kristale who won the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes in July. The filly brings the best form into this contest and will certainly be playing a huge part at the business end of the race with her favoured conditions.
J Wonder is a filly with an impressive blood line and is unbeaten in her two career starts to date. Her victory at Newmarket last time oozed class, and though she is going to have to improve significantly to beat battle hardened Group level fillies she comes with a huge reputation and an abundance of talent.
After a poor performance in a fillies' Group 3 at Ascot, Wind Fire bounced back with a stylish victory at Listed level at Newbury six days ago. That race was over five furlongs and she surged to victory late in the piece that day, so she should relish the step back up to six furlongs though needs more to succeed.
Queen Catrine is held by Lucky Kristale on their latest encounter and Reroute will have to put a disappointing run in the Molecomb at Glorious Goodwood behind her if she is to trouble the market leaders.
A blow for those who like to back those at the head of the markets, Wenworth, who was fancied for the Clipper Logistics Handicap at 3.05pm, has been declared a non-runner.
Interesting tweet about The Fugue, as she forms a key plank in Jack Keene's Darley Yorkshire Oaks preview below:
Champion trainer John Gosden will try to go one better in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks this year with The Fugue who was a narrow second to French mare Shareta in last year's running.
The four-year-old filly - owned by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber - brings top-class form to the race with a string of consistent efforts in Group 1 company.
She is the highest rated horse in the race but arrives at the Knavesmire following a rare bad run in the Coral Eclipse, though she was found to have scoped badly post-race.
After the victory of Declaration of War in the feature race on day one, Aiden O'Brien has a good chance of securing Group 1 glory for a second successive day with the lightly raced Venus De Milo.
She has a won three of her fours starts - her only defeat a fast finishing second in the Irish Oaks - and has proven herself on todays's forecast quick ground. She is the real unknown quantity in the line-up and could easily take this step up from Group 3 to Group 1 company in her stride.
Following the withdrawal of the £985,000 mare Wild Coco, Lady Jane Cecil will be solely represented by Ribblesdale Stakes winner Riposte.
On the face of it she has work to do to overturn form with Venus De Milo, who finished over a length in front of her in the Irish Oaks, however she has only run four times in her career and may renew her improvement on a flat galloping track.
Secret Gesture brings significant Classic form to the race having finished second in the Epsom Oaks and she most recently filled the same finishing position in the German equivalent at Dusseldorf.
On both occasions she shaped like the winner only to fade in the finishing stages and it is questionable whether a mile-and-a-half is her trip.
The remaining three runners all have work to do to if they are to play a part in the finish. Emirates Queen, for Luca Cumani, is steadily improving though her third placed finish in a Group 2 at Deauville would fall short of the level required to take this coveted prize.
David Simcock's Moment In Time was comfortably beaten in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Scintillula, for Jim Bolger, ran a fine race to finish just ahead of Riposte in the Irish Oaks but she didn't land a blow in a Group 3 race last time out and would need to raise her game markedly.
The Fugue, last chance salon today #yorkraces— @Shergar78 22 August 2013
Wild Coco has been declared a non-runner for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, which is a bit of a shame for my colleague Jack Keene who was very keen - if that's the right word - on the five-year-old's chances.
He's now buried in the form book trying to find an alternative for you.
Going for day 2 #ebor2013 is Good to Firm. 3mms irrigation applied to whole course overnight. 4cast; , mainly dry,shower risk in afternoons— @AntheaLMorshead 22 August 2013
Dawn on the Knavesmire #ebor2013 ahead of Ladies Day #geturbestfrockon http://t.co/ovBU5cWtZg— @AntheaLMorshead 22 August 2013
Today's action gets under way with a bang at 1.55pm with the DBS Premier Yearling Sales race.
This contest, over six furlongs, is for horses sold during the Doncaster firm's Yearling or St Leger sales in August and September and is worth an absolute fortune.
The winner will take home £154,769 and, with £250,000 guaranteed, even sixth place will claim a tidy £7,741.
Hambleton trainer Kevin Ryan won it last year with Hototo and Yorkshire handlers have a pretty good track record - with the likes of the Group 1-winning Wootton Bassett claiming the glory in the past.
Ladies' Day gets into full gear with the Lowther Stakes at 2.30pm, a Group 2 race for fillies over six furlongs, but the highlight of the day is the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
Seven horses currently go to post in the mile and a half Group 1 clash, which pays a shade over £200,000 to the winner.
The action on a six race card ends at 4.55pm with a fillies' race over seven furlongs.
AFTER Declaration Of War won the battle of the Juddmonte International yesterday, it's the girls that take centre stage on Knavesmire today.
It's Ladies' Day and our live blog will cover all the ups and downs from the second day of the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York Racecourse.
Stick with us as we bring you news and previews from Knavesmire and then all the action and reaction from the track as today's big races are won and lost.
Get in touch with us using the comments facility below, or by twitter using the hashtag #yorkraces, and both Jack Keene and myself, Steve Carroll, will keep you up to date with every snippet from York.
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