York Ebor Festival Day 2 Tips: Check out our three selections for Thursday

York Ebor Festival Day 2 Tips: We have three bets for Thursday's racing.
York Ebor Festival Day 2 Tips: We have three bets for Thursday's racing.

Seven races will light up day two of York's Ebor Festival, with the Yorkshire Oaks the highlight of the day at 15:35, and you can check out our best bets for Thursday's action here...

13:50 York - Sky Bet Lowther Stakes

Unbeaten filly Sandrine will attempt to extend her record to four wins from four when she runs in the Lowther Stakes at York at 13:50 on Thursday. A sparkling winner of the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, Andrew Balding's starlet then went on to claim victory in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes. She will now head into the Lowther Stakes as a warm order for this Group 2 event, and she will be very tough to beat, if she can continue to blossom on the track.

One contender that could be a notable rival to Sandrine is the Stuart Williams-trained DESERT DREAMER, who was a decent second to Sandrine in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes, and she could get a lot closer to that rival on Thursday. Staying on in the closing stages of that race at Flat HQ, Desert Dreamer was just unable to reel in the leader, who had scooted clear heading into the final furlong. Williams fancies that his filly could be a lot better than that result, and has wanted his charge to get into a real battle in a race, as at Newmarket she found herself a long way away from Sandrine, and he feels that she's a tough cookie, who could relish eyeballing her rival in a finish.

She was a disappointment in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, but that is one of the only blots on her copybook, and having finished second at Newmarket on her last two starts, she has shown she can play a notable role in Group company, and at the odds she could be worth taking a chance on against the clear market leader.

13:50 York - Sky Bet Lowther Stakes
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Desert Dreamer


15:00 York - Clipper Logistics Handicap

Arguably the toughest race on the card for punters is the Clipper Logistics Handicap at 15:00, but if Mark Johnston's Maydanny can reproduce his stunning performance from Glorious Goodwood then it's hard to look away from the classy five-year-old, who will have the burden of top weight to carry here.

With a penalty to carry, MAYDANNY will have to improve for that win in the Golden Mile, which saw him scoot clear of his rivals in a hugely competitive event, but he shaped like he could be a potential Group horse that day and he's worth keeping on the right side of. One worry is the fact he won at Glorious Goodwood last season, but then went on to flop at the Ebor Festival at York, but the ground at York that day was softer than ideal, so providing the rain stays away then he is all set to run a mighty race.

Rightly sitting towards the head of the betting, Maydanny will have some notable rivals with the likes of La Trinidad, Magical Morning and Astro King all likely to be thereabouts in this 7f 192y contest, but if the Goodwood Maydanny turns up at York on Thursday then the Knavesmire will witness another fabulous weight-carry display, and the five-year-old can hand the Johnston team a notable handicap success.

15:00 York - Clipper Logistics Handicap
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16:45 York - British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes

The penultimate race on day two of the Ebor Festival is the fascinating Listed Galtres Stakes at 16:45 and Dermot Weld will send over an eye-catching contender in the shape of Amma Grace, who was a Listed winner at the back end of last season and warmed up for this contest with a decent fourth placed finish in a Group 3 race at Cork.

Pennymoor, Cabaletta and Dubai Fountain are another trio prominent in the betting, but the one that catches the eye is the Sir Michael Stoute-trained PORTFOLIO, who is aiming to hand Her Majesty The Queen an Ebor Festival victory on Thursday. One of seven three-year-olds in the line-up, Portfolio bagged a brace of excellent handicap victories at Leicester and Newmarket earlier in the season, but the Deep Impact filly was unable to land the hat-trick when third at Newmarket in Listed company.

Entitled to have another crack at that level at York, Porfolio ran a mighty race in behind Save A Forest and Sayyida in that Newmarket contest, and that trio had pulled well clear of the rest. She hung badly in the final furlong when unleashing a fine turn of speed to get to within a length of the winner that day, so if Ryan Moore can keep her in a straight line for this contest then she looks to stand a superb chance of making it three wins from her last four outings, and she looks an excellent value play.

16:45 York - British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes
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