Thursday 21/08/2014

York UK
R1 Dbs Premier Yearling Stakes
R2 Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes G2
R3 Clipper Logistics Handicap
R4 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) G1
R5 Sir Henry Cecil & Ebf Galtres Stakes Listed

Cut Off Time 10:25

"View from connections ahead of the Darley Yorkshire Oaks, the highlight of the second day of York's Ebor meeting.

Taghrooda could earn a tilt at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe if she can clinch a third Group One of a glorious summer in Thursday's Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

John Gosden's Sea The Stars filly put up a brilliant display in the Investec Oaks at Epsom in June and was all set to run in the Irish equivalent.

However, owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum had a late change of heart and made the bold call to pitch her in against the boys and her elders in the King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

It was a move which paid off as she kept intact her unbeaten record in scintillating fashion.

Taghrooda is, unsurprisingly, a warm order at York to take her career record to five wins from five starts, with her trainer already eyeing a trip to Paris in October.

Volume was a little under four lengths behind Taghrooda at Epsom and arguably performed even better when finishing a close third in the Irish Oaks, having attempted to make all of the running.

Trainer Luca Cumani said: "Volume has to take on Taghrooda again but she's a tough, consistent filly and she deserves to run in all the big mile-and-a-half fillies' races."

Godolphin's Tasaday won multiple Group races during her days with Andre Fabre in France and showed a liking for York when getting off the mark for Saeed bin Suroor in Britain in a Listed event last month.

Talent enjoyed a fantastic three-year-old campaign for Ralph Beckett, claiming Classic glory in the Investec Oaks as well as filling the runner-up spot in the St Leger.

However, she has not yet rediscovered that level of form this term and Beckett admits he is hopeful, rather than confident, heading into her latest assignment."

"Pat Smullen would not swap his mount Anthem Alexander for any other filly in Thursday's Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes at York.

Smullen admitted to being excited about the Eddie Lynam-trained filly from the very first day he sat on her and despite her debut defeat on soft ground, she lived up to early expectations by winning the Queen Mary over five furlongs at Royal Ascot.

That victory means she must carry a 3lb penalty against the likes of Tiggy Wiggy, who was just a neck behind at Ascot, and Albany Stakes winner Cursory Glance, but Smullen is oozing confidence as Anthem Alexander steps back up to six furlongs this time.

Richard Hannon's Tiggy Wiggy defied top weight when running out a six-length winner of the Super Sprint at Newbury on her most recent outing.

She steps up to six furlongs for the first time and while Hannon admits it is an unknown, he thinks her relaxed style of racing gives her every chance of staying the trip.

Roger Varian is looking forward to getting Cursory Glance back in action.

Ultra-impressive in winning the Albany by two lengths from American raider Sunset Glow, she is the only unbeaten filly in the Group Two.

The form of the Albany has held up well, with the runner up landing a Grade Two at Del Mar while fifth-placed Osaila has won twice since, most recently claiming the Princess Margaret Stakes.

This has been on her agenda since the Royal meeting and although Varian admits he would not want the ground to turn very soft, there appears to be little chance of that happening.

Brian Meehan believes Sulaalaat deserves her place in the field after opening her account at the second time of asking at Nottingham by four lengths."