|Wednesday 25th August 2021
The Yorkshire Ebor Festival: A Recap of Day Two's Racing
There are just a couple of months left before the flat racing season once again makes way for the latest renewal of the National Hunt (or Jumps) campaign. However, as we begin to wind down towards British Champions Day at Royal Ascot in mid-October, there are still some top-class meetings to look forward to.
The Yorkshire Ebor Festival, home to the Juddmonte International, the Yorkshire Oaks, the Nunthorpe and, of course, the Ebor itself, recently took place and with so many Group races and world-class horses making their way to York Racecourse, it’s certainly one of the most exciting festivals on the entire Flat racing calendar — and bettors are always looking for best odds and tips on sites like Smarkets.
As always, it was a meeting filled with thrills and spills. So, without further ado, read on as we take a quick look back at the second day of The Yorkshire Ebor Festival…
1:50: Lowther Stakes (Group 2) (Fillies) – 6f
There was no hanging around on Day Two of The Yorkshire Ebor Festival, as the meeting got underway with Group action in the form of the Lowther Stakes. And after beating Desert Dreamer by a nose in the Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes at Ascot last month, Zain Claudette carried on her good form with a victory from 6/1 under the guidance of her regular jockey, Ray Dawson. Ridden into the lead one furlong out, the two-year-old held on to beat the favourite Sandrine by a length. Winning trainer, Ismail Mohammed, will now have his sights set on next year’s 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.
1st - Zain Claudette – 6/1
2nd - Sandrine – 6/5F
3rd - Desert Dreamer – 5/1
2:25: Premier Yearling Stakes (GBB Race) – 6f
It has been a very busy maiden season for Ever Given, who has raced six times since May — four of which have taken place across July and August alone. However, the two-year-old colt, who is owned by former footballer Michael Owen, is showing no sign of fatigue. Set off as the favourite at 3/1, Ever Given was pushed all the way over the line to beat Tim Easterby’s Atomic Lady by nothing more than a neck, scooping the £98k prize purse for Owen and his Dandy Boys syndicate.
1st - Ever Given – 3/1F
2nd - Atomic Lady – 12/1
3rd - Wings Of War – 9/2
3:00: Clipper Logistics Handicap (Heritage Handicap) – 1m
There was another nod towards fans of football in the proceeding Heritage Handicap, as Cruyff Turn was the shock winner of the one-mile race. Sent off at 28/1, the Easterby-trained horse rallied into the lead one furlong out. He was pressed hard by Magical Morning and Frankie Dettori in the final 110 yards, but their late challenge was ended as they ran out of track. Instead, Cruyff Turn held on to win by a head. Sir Michael Stoute’s Astro King, who was the joint favourite alongside La Trinidad, was a further length behind in third.
1st - Cruyff Turn – 28/1
2nd - Magical Morning – 12/1
3rd - Astro King – 7/1JF
3:35: Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (Fillies & Mares) – 1m4f
Up next was the day’s feature race, the Yorkshire Oaks, and after missing out on a victory in the opening day’s showpiece race, the Juddmonte International, as St Mark’s Basilica, the heavy favourite, was withdrawn due to a leg injury, renowned trained Aidan O’Brien got his big victory of the week. It was deemed a one-horse race with Snowfall, the winner of the Epsom Oaks and the Irish Oaks, the odds-on favourite, and she duly delivered, beating Albaflora by four lengths, in what is one of her shorter victories this season. 150/1 chance La Jaconde held on for third.
1st - Snowfall – 8/15F
2nd - Albaflora – 16/1
3rd - La Jaconde – 150/1
Jockey Oisin Murphy got his first win of the festival aboard Harrow (6/1) in the Nursey Handicap, while Hollie Doyle guided 12/1 shot Forbearance to glory in the Listed Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes. The training duo of John and Thady Gosden picked up their second win at the Ebor thanks to Sweet Enough in the final race of the day, the Fillies’ Handicap.