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Irish Admiral 15-2 from 16 as punters latch on to Haggas runner for big handicap

York Ebor festival: everything you need to know before Thursday's action

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Your one-stop shop for York Ebor festival news on Thursday morning


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With Snowfall a strong favourite for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, punters are turning elsewhere for some value on day two of the Ebor festival and Irish Admiral is a significant mover for the Clipper Logistics Handicap (3.00).

In what looks a very open betting heat, Irish Admiral was generally available at 16s on Wednesday, but his price has continually shrunk and he is now a general 15-2 chance to give trainer William Haggas back-to-back victories in the race.

William Haggas: won the Clipper Logistics Handicap last year with Montatham

By contrast, the John and Thady Gosden-trained Magical Morning (11-1 from 9) is weak for rider Frankie Dettori, but the Italian has more reasons to be optimistic about the chances of Outside World in the Group 2 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (1.50).

The two-year-old was a convincing novice winner over course and distance on her last start and is into 8-1 (from 14) with Ladbrokes.

Outside of the four televised races, Paddy Power have reported Abstinence to be their biggest mover of the day for the Listed British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (4.45).


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The Ralph Beckett-trained filly has gone close in Group 3 and Listed company on her last two starts and is 3-1 (from 11-2) to clinch a second victory of her career.

Paddy Power spokesperson Paul Binfield said: "Perhaps surprisingly it's been fairly quiet so far but there's been a right punt on Abstinence.

"We were sitting under at 11-2 overnight but it's been pretty much one-way traffic all morning and that price has collapsed."

Market Movers

1.50: Sandrine 5-4 (from 7-4)
1.50: Outside World 8-1 (from 14)
2.25: Korker 11-2 (from 6)
3.00: Irish Admiral 8-1 (from 16)
4.10: Alflaila 9-2 (from 11-2)
4.45: Abstinence 3-1 (from 11-2)

Updated at 10.45am


Non-runners: Illustrating out of the Lowther

Sandrine's task in the Group 2 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (1.50) was made slightly easier this morning after the Karl Burke-trained Illustrating, who had been the 9-2 second favourite, was declared a non-runner.

The Andrew Balding-trained Sandrine, unbeaten in three starts and already considered a leading contender for next year's Qipco 1,000 Guineas, shortened to 11-8 favourite (from 13-8) with the sponsors as a result.

1.50: 5 Illustrating
2.25: 5 Dandy Dinmont, 7 Green Team
3.00: 19 Pythagoras
5.20: 7 Affable, 11 Arousing, 15 Makinitup

Updated at 9.45am


Snowfall: can Yorkshire Oaks favourite end Ballydoyle's 22-race losing streak?

Dry spells are not something usually accustomed with Irish champion trainer Aidan O'Brien, but Snowfall on Thursday will bid to arrest a rare 22-race losing streak for the Ballydoyle supremo in Britain when she lines up as odds-on favourite for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (3.35).

While he has continued to rake in the prize-money on multiple continents this summer, O'Brien's last winner on British soil was St Mark's Basilica in the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on July 3.

The leading three-year-old was forced to miss Wednesday's Juddmonte International after picking up an injury on the gallops, with stablemate Love managing only third to the outstanding Mishriff after being drafted in as replacement.


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O'Brien also had three runners in Wednesday's Group 2 Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes with The Mediterranean proving best of the bunch when finishing second to Yibir, with Sir Lucan fourth and pre-race favourite High Definiton – once considered the most exciting three-year-old at Ballydoyle – disappointing again in sixth.

But O'Brien on Thursday plays his trump card in the form of the seemingly unstoppable Snowfall, who is a best-priced 2-5 to follow up dominant victories in the Oaks at Epsom and Curragh with another victory here.

Snowfall: strong favourite to land a third successive Group 1 in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks

After one win in seven starts as a two-year-old, Snowfall returned for 2021 with victory in the Musidora Stakes at York's Dante meeting and has gone from strength to strength since with two wide-margin demolition jobs in the two middle-distance fillies Classics.

In the Racing Post's preview of the race, O'Brien said: "Everything has gone well for Snowfall since the Irish Oaks and we're very happy with her. This race has been her aim for a while now and everything has gone smoothly in the lead up to it. She's won at York before and the ground should be fine for her too."

The David Menuisier-trained Wonderful Tonight has been cut to 7-2 (from 9-2) with Sky Bet for Thursday's Group 1 as punters seek an alternative to the short-odds favourite, with Shadwell's Eshaada next best at a general 11-1.

Posted at 8.45am


Going remains good with over 20,000 expected at 'electric' Knavesmire

The going at York remains good for day two of the Ebor festival, which is headlined by the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (3.35).

The ground has dried out slightly with a GoingStick reading of 6.9 recorded compared to 6.7 on Wednesday, but the outlook is for a mainly dry, overcast day with the chance of a passing shower in the afternoon meaning conditions are unlikely to alter through racing.

York chief executive and clerk of the course William Derby said: "We're good ground again after being dry overnight. It's a cool, cloudy morning and we're moving the rail at the moment on the home bend, which adds 11 yards to the Yorkshire Oaks distance.

The home straight at York this morning on a cool and cloudy day on the Knavesmire

"The forecast is largely dry and cloudy, but they're saying there could be a passing shower in the afternoon but it would just be light. The ground has held the moisture well and it's not hugely drying weather."

16,500 spectators were on course on Wednesday to witness Mishriff's spectacular performance in the Juddmonte International, and Derby is expecting the atmosphere to be cranked up another notch today with 23,000 expected on the Knavesmire.

"It was an electric day yesterday and we were delighted to see a standout performance from Mishriff – the people in the grandstands were clapping him before he crossed the line in appreciation.

"We were well up on pre-sale tickets yesterday but were a bit short on walk-ups so there were 16,500 on track, which is a tad down on 2019 but we'll get busier as the week goes on. We're expecting around 23,000 today." 

Posted at 7.50am


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Thursday's race previews:

1.50 York: 'Very special' Sandrine is the one to beat in Lowther reckons David Probert

2.25 York: 'A classy little horse' – find out who fancies landing another big sales pot

3.00 York: could this hot handicap provide compensation for some unlucky Goodwood losers?

3.35 York: no mistaking Snowfall as O'Brien ace bids to underline her superstar status

3.35 York: is Snowfall as good as she looks? Keith Melrose on the Yorkshire Oaks favourite (Members' Club)


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