Today’s horse racing preview comes from Day 2 of York, with three selections from the meeting.
14.25 York – Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (Group 2) (6f)
Without a doubt, Mark Johnston’s Threading was the one to take out of the whole meeting at Goodwood two weeks ago when decapitating his field by six lengths, that came on heavy ground, however he is bred to be more versatile on quicker ground being by Exceed and Excel who relish good ground.
Despite his run being the slowest in the field, most of the entrants here have run on today’s surface so it’s on trust that the NAP of the day can adapt, I think there is more to come from this filly and will take this step up into this company in her stride.
Willie Haggas does well at York, winning trainer back in 2015 with Besharah. He has a probability of two entries here with Island Drive and Special Purpose. The latter is the one of interest after two solid wins around the Novice ranks, but this is a huge step up for this daughter of Scat Daddy, but she is the main danger to the selection here, along with Roger Varian’s Madeline.
The Kodiac filly has been a bit hit and miss, however she never handled the step up into pattern company when competing for the Group 3 Albany Stakes where she had the likes of Actress and Natural behind her, but was dropped quickly into Listed company when landing the Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury in a race that she beat Natural once more with Another Bhatt back in third, who has been beaten for the third time in Listed company last weekend.
THREADING : 3pt Win @ 5/1 (SkyBet) (BOG) (NAP)
15.35 York – Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) (11.9f)
I think it is safe to say that Enable looks nailed on to collect her fourth Group 1 of the campaign, she is definitely the smartest filly in the race and is very versatile on any ground, so it’s a case of looking around for the forecast, who will chase her home?
Only three for me really have the ability to give her a race, John Gosden’s other possible entry in Journey and Sir Michael Stoute’s Queen’s Trust. Both Group 1 winners in their own rights, with the former landing the Champion & Fillies Mare Stakes and Queen’s Trust winning her big time race taking the Breeders Cup Filly & Mares Turf.
So out of the two, who has trained on the better? Their best runs this season has seen Journey finish a wayward fifth in the Coronation Cup, Queen’s Trust fourth in the Prince of Wales Stakes when behind Highland Reel and Ulysses. For me though the one that has any form this year should be Nezwaah. Roger Varian’s daughter of Dubawi. I feel, is the only horse in this race that can either spring a surprise or can chase the favourite home.
Unbeaten this year which included the Group 1 Pretty Polly Stakes, which she done in a very professional manner. Even though I think she beat a very exposed field that day in Ireland, she is still on paper the second best filly this race has to offer.
Nezwaah : 2pts each way @ 7/1 (William Hill) (BOG)
Enable & Nezwaah : 5pt (Reverse Forecast)
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