The Darley Yorkshire Oaks is the showcase race and is preceded by the Lowther Stakes and Betfair. Don’t Settle for Less Stakes, with the former a Group 2 race for fillies.
Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes 2:30
Eleven horse are entered for this six furlong contest as we see which two-year-old filly can burst out of the stalls and leave the others trailing. The most experienced horse in the race is Bailey’s Jubilee who has raced six times in her short career and could well be favourite for this contest.
Mark Johnston traditionally has done well at this meeting and it was a desperately close second place at Deauville where Mazameer won by a short neck with favourite Pearl Flute trailing in third.
Newfangled also has a high rating going into this encounter and John Gosden is enjoying a fine season which has seen him saddle this filly to victory in races at Newmarket and Ascot in June. The win in the Albany Stakes was impressive and this could be the horse that everyone has to beat on Thursday.
Darley Yorkshire Oaks 3:40
There is a winners’ purse of £175,801 for the blue riband race of the day and The Fugue is the horse commanding favouritism which is hardly a surprise when you consider the three-year-old ran a blinder in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood which saw him edge out Timepiece for a famous victory.
However, the John Gosden horses trailed Was and Shirocco Star in the Oaks back in June and has that form to reverse at the Knavesmire, with this race over the same distance of one mile four furlongs.
Was finished third in that race at Goodwood – nearly three furlongs behind The Fugue although some will be backing the Irish raider to claim the spoils in this one at odds of 6/1.
Perhaps it’s Shareta that is the biggest danger, with the four-year-old traversing over from France to challenge the best three-year-olds that the UK and Ireland have to offer.
Two second place finishes at Saint-Cloud are hard to judge against what horses have been achieving across the English channel although the bookies respect his chances and go 10/3 that Christophe Lemaire is celebrating at the winning post.