A low draw appeared to be a favourable position on the straight track on day one of the Ebor meeting, so STORMY CLOUDS (Best price 10-1) may prove the answer to a competitive opener. It is worth hunting around for the best place odds with some firms offering four places and the selection could well find some improvement now she steps up to six furlongs for the first time. She has been noted staying on well over the minimum trip behind the talented Mrs Danvers at Newbury on her two recent starts and, with her stable historically performing well in this type of event, she could go well at a price.
The Lowther Stakes has all the hallmarks of a battle of the Frankel fillies with FAIR EVA and Queen Kindly going head to head in an intriguing renewal. The former was hugely impressive in Group 3 company at Ascot and should surely confirm her brilliance on a track which is likely to play to her strengths today. Unfortunately, backing her at heavy odds on isn’t really an option so risk a little on the filly that chased her home at Ascot last time, KILMAH (Best price 13-2) to do the same again here. She may pick up the pieces if Queen Kindly gets involved in a duel.
Yorkshire handler Tim Easterby invariably targets this meeting so ONE WORD MORE (Best price 8-1) could prove the answer to a typically warm handicap. The selection probably hasn’t won the races his talent suggests, but he is often on the scene in these strongly-run ultra-competitive handicaps and he will appreciate the return to Yorkshire after Goodwood’s undulations failed to play to his strengths. Rider David Allan has been in great form of late and I’m hopeful his mount should carry him into the race with a strong chance late on.
QUEEN’S TRUST (Best price 7-1) looks a right royal bet to lower the colours of the classy Found in this excellent renewal. The Ballydoyle bandwagon trundled onto the Knavesmire yesterday and immediately struck with Idaho in the Great Voltigeur Stakes and Found will have plenty of supporters here. She has been outpointed by a series of quality animals this term, including Postponed at Epsom, and will be tough to beat, however Sir Michael Stoute’s filly could be some value to achieve just that. I have been impressed with a couple of the selection’s efforts this term, not least last time when chasing home star filly Minding at Goodwood over a trip short of her best. Hopefully, the return to a mile-and-a-half and the booking of the man of the moment in Andrea Atzeni can ensure a prominent showing from a filly that is definitely capable of better than she has shown to date this year.
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