YORK’S Ebor meeting continues on Thursday so who better to mark your card than racing expert Graeme Johnston (@GraemeJ_83).
15:05 York | Channel 4
A handicap over one mile where 20 runners line up, the Clipper Logistics Stakes looks a difficult puzzle to solve. However, one stands out as a good each-way bet, to me.
Red Napoleon (12/1 BetVictor) has had three starts, winning twice and looks a major player here. After winning his maiden, he fell short at listed-level but he won a three-runner race last time out and could be anything.
However, this represents a different test and there’s another runner that’s taken my interest.
The Betfred Mile turned out a little one-sided with the ill-fated Franklin D winning well but it was a good race and will produce plenty of winners.
Jailawi (14/1 Ladbrokes) had a poor draw and ran a race better than his finishing position suggests but he’s been unlucky with the draw again here. He’s progressive and could run in to the frame but he’s not for me.
He has plenty of big field handicap experience and before his Goodwood race, he’d ran twice over course and distance where he performed well and seems to like the track.
One Word More is in great form and would have finished a lot closer with a clear run. He will appreciate the ground and is well drawn and I plan to back him each-way here as I think he’ll go close.
15:40 York | Channel 4
The Yorkshire Oaks is the highlight of day two and it’s a fascinating renewal. It sees the classic generation take on the older ladies and I think the classics may come out on top.
Found (2/1 Bet365) has the best form on offer here and is the horse to beat. I really like her and since stepping up in distance from a mile last season she has proved herself to be one of the best horses around at this trip.
Found was well and truly put in her place by Postponed last time out but that form has been boosted and comes here after a break. However, she has had a busy start to her campaign and she may not be 100% on Thursday.
She’ll also be conceding weight to her younger rivals and I feel she’s vulnerable.
Queens Trust (13/2 Ladbrokes) is an improving filly and was last seen chasing home Minding at Goodwood. She is progressing but I’m not sure that form can be taken literally.
The second and third favourite flopped that day and Minding didn’t have to be at her best, so I’m not backing Queens Trust here, though she is a contender.
The one I really like is the Irish Oaks winner Seventh Heaven (4/1 William Hill).
She’s won three from four this season and the only time she’s disappointed was when she finished down the field in the Oaks, where she seemed to hate the track and the soft ground.
Seventh Heaven beat Architecture at Lingfield in the Oaks trial – that form has been upheld and I feel she is a slightly underrated horse.
Though she has to improve, she stays well, handles the ground and gets weight from the favourite. I feel conditions favour and I plan to back her accordingly.
15:05 York - One Word More (7/1 each-way Ladbrokes)
15:40 York - Seventh Heaven (4/1 William Hill)