THE climate might be going crazy, but even those left confused by the daily weather forecasts will be surprised Snowfall descends on York today.
But there's no doubt the equine Snowfall takes centre stage on the second day of York's fabulous Ebore fixture, and for many she will be unbackable in the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks.
Snowfall started at 14-1 for the Musidora Stakes at York, but by the time she won the Epsom equivalent she was rated 108 and in the Irish Oaks 120. She was kept on that rating after her latest near ten-length romp.
Weather conditions will decide whether Wonderful Tonight takes her on today, but even if she does Snowfall should be good enough getting loads of weight.
The Yorkshire Oaks – won by three monsters recently in Love, Enable and Sea of Class – is the highlight of ITV's coverage this afternoon, and is one of four races shown on the main ITV network.
Day 2 gets under way with the Group 2 Sky Bet Lowther over 6f for juveniles. SANDRINE should be shorter in the betting in my opinion and looks very hard to beat.
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My only slight worry is that York is a speed track and she looks a strong stayer.
That said, she was terrific in the Albany at Royal Ascot and equally so in the Duchess of Cambridge at Newmarket. Big player for David Probert and Andrew Balding.
After the Lowther comes the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes for two-year-olds over 6f. Very hard to sort this out.
WINGS OF WAR might go well for Adam Kirby the Derby winner and the excellent Clive Cox.
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The son of Dark Angel, who cost £140,000, made a promising debut at Leicester and then hacked up at Nottingham.
It's hard to know whether he can run to a mark of about 90+ here, but if he can then he will take some stopping provided a high draw is not a negative.
The other ITV feature is the Clipper Logistics Heritage Handicap over 1m. LA TRINIDAD is up 12lb for two York wins and has a horrible draw in stall 20, so there's plenty that is against him scoring for Roger Fell and Oisin Murphy.
However, the champion is a great booking and I imagine he can drop my selection out and hope to come with a late thrust.
The improver stays this trip very strong and off a fast pace his way of running might be an advantage. Good luck!
Matt Chapman ITV Tips
- 1.50 York – Sandrine
- 2.25 York – Wings Of War
- 3.00 York – La Trinidad
- 3.35 York – Snowfall
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