York Ebor 2019: Day 2

Enable day has happened far more regularly in 2019 than 2018 and even though she runs only in a four-runner affair tomorrow, this particular outing for John Gosden’s wondermare should be savoured more than any to date. As she eyes a third successive triumph in the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in the autumn, this may prove Enable’s penultimate racecourse start.

She’ll face stern enough opposition from Magical, but the Yorkshire Oaks is a race best left alone from a punting point of view. A few others on the card are far too tempting, however. Here are day two’s selections.

1:55 – LIBERTY BEACH

John Quinn has trained a couple of fleet of foot fillies among the juvenile ranks in the last two years. Signora Cabello lit up the turf last season and Liberty Beach is matching her impressive footsteps this time around. There’s every chance she may surpass her stablemate as she’s been highly impressive the last twice and shaped with real promise regards stepping up in trip when taking Goodwood’s five-furlong Molecomb Stakes on her latest start. She’ll face stern competition from James Tate’s Under The Stars, who may have improvement in her, but so, at this stage, does Liberty Beach and she’s worth following while on this hot streak.

2:25 – RAYONG

Show Me Show Me certainly improved upon his previous form when running an excellent third at Goodwood last time, but Rayong has been given some heady assignments in his young career to date. He’s been thrown into pattern company the last thrice and not been disgraced on any of those starts, running on with credit at Sandown and, most recently, in a French Group One. As such, six furlongs could make him the one to beat and I’m surprised he’s not the favourite here given he receives weight from the two currently ahead of him in the market.

3:00 – BLESS HIM

Within the top five in the market are Kynren, Baltic Baron and Firmament, all of whom are far from prolific winners. Vale Of Kent is not off the kindest mark, whereas, Bless Him is. David Simcock’s gelding is another not particularly used to winning, but he is less experienced and he runs off 92, his lowest mark for over two years and the previous lowest he won off. There were excuses last time when he didn’t enjoy the step up to 1m2f, but back at a mile, where he was second on his last start off 1lb higher, he should go close even in a competitive race.

4:15 – SEARCH FOR A SONG

Dermot Weld’s filly is one who has been on my radar for a while. She was defeated by Trethias in a Group Three on just her second start, but easily overturned that running in the Irish Oaks, in which she finished a highly promising fourth. Both Frosty and Frankellina retain potential, but there is a chance that Search For A Song could take higher order than Listed company in the future. The trip is no issue and as long as inexperience is no barrier, she should be a class above.

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