Tom Lee's Ebor Festival Tips: Day 2 - Even Song Looks Tuned Up For The Yorkshire Oaks


Following a barnstorming opening day of the York Ebor Festival it's now 7/4 with Unibet that Great Voltigeur winner, Idaho, can follow up in next month's St Leger.

The Doncaster Classic looks at his mercy after he wore down stablemate Housesofparliament, grinding out a length and three quarter margin of victory in the hands of Seamie Heffernan, in the process delighting favourite backers and in doing so, handing Aidan O'Brien a first Voltigeur win since 2003.

The promise of further improvement to come as he steps up to a mile and three quarters means the odds compilers are right to show him plenty of respect.

Similar respect is also not in short supply where Juddmonte International hero, Postponed, is concerned after the winning machine extended his unbeaten sequence to six, while taking his career earnings beyond £4.3 million.

Trainer Roger Varian hinted that he might have left a bit to work on pre-race, meaning the revised quote of 4/1 with Unibet about Postponed winning the Arc in October looks none too shabby.

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If he does head to Chantilly then the prospect of an appetising clash with dual Derby hero Harzand looms into view - much to look forward to!

The same comment applies to day two here in sunny York, where the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (3.40pm) is the feature on a six race card.

Topped by 119-rated Found, who chased home Postponed in Epsom's Coronation Cup in early June, Aidan O'Brien runs a team of four, bidding to win this race for the fourth time in his career - most recently with Tapestry in 2014.

However, he also runs a trio of three-year-olds, all of whom get a handy 10 pounds allowance from their older rivals.

Seventh Heaven looked sharp and did me a favour when winning the Irish Oaks at the Curragh four weeks or so ago, but what about her stablemate who went off odds on for that contest, the choice of Ryan Moore, but flopped that day?

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Given the plethora of good racing there has been recently it's easy to forget that Even Song, decisive winner of the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, went off at 4/5 for the Curragh Group 1, but was well beaten.

It didn't happen for her there, but one swallow doesn't make a summer and it was a ringing endorsement that Ryan Moore chose her above some highly talented options on that occasion.

With Moore currently on the sidelines it's Pat Smullen who gets the leg-up here, a fantastic deputy if ever there was one, and Even Song looks over priced at 12/1 with Unibet to bounce back.

There could also be a value Irish option in the race following the feature, with Jim Bolger's Glamorous Approach tempting in the EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (4.20pm).

Joint top-rated but in receipt of weight due to the three-year-old allowance, Glamorous Approach hails from a stable which is realty motoring the at present, thumping in nine winners in the last 14 days.

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This mile and a half test could be perfect for her, in that she stays a mile and a quarter strongly, but had her stamina stretched when sent off favourite for a two mile event at the Curragh last time out.

Impeccably bred, she won her maiden on Good to Firm and will really appreciate this quicker ground.

Lastly, keep a close eye on the Charles Hills-trained Jadaayil in the concluding fillies' handicap (4.55pm).

Hills has his string right in the groove at the moment, notching a Chepstow double on Wednesday.

Jadaayil might be quite nicely handicapped as she graduates after winning her maiden in the style of a smart sort.

Good luck!

 

Thursday best bets with Unibet at York:

3.40 - Darley Yorkshire Oaks - 6 Even Song (each way)

4.20 - EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes - 6 Glamorous Approach (each way) 

4.55 - eventmasters.co.uk Fillies' Handicap - 10 Jadaayil (each way)