Timeform go big-game hunting on Thursday, attempting to land the York Placepot on day two of the Ebor meeting.
"Orvar gives the impression that a big field will suit and has suggested that he’ll be up to minor Group races, while Excessable already has the experience in races like this..."
13:55 - There's a temptation to go with Tasleet, whose second in the Richmond is the best form on offer, though we'll resist as he's such a short price. Orvar gives the impression that a big field will suit and has suggested that he'll be up to minor Group races, while Excessable already has the experience in races like this, shaping well when fifth in the Super Sprint at Newbury.
14:30 - We're being invited to stick our neck out in the Lowther. Lumiere is obviously promising, but simply hasn't done enough to make her a banker in a Group 2. Easton Angel has. She chased home Acapulco in the Queen Mary and went a long way to allaying stamina fears over six when pretty much shaping best in the Duchess of Cornwall.
15:05 - A typically competitive handicap. Of the market principals, Musaddas appeals most, as one with race fitness and experience of similar races (second over C&D last time), while he's also on the up in general. Bronze Angel gets in as second selection, being in better form than his last two runs imply (undone by trip and draw, respectively) and down to the mark from which he won the second of his two big handicaps last autumn.
15:40 - The most sensible approach in the Yorkshire Oaks would appear to be a banker on Covert Love, who has all angles covered besides experience on ground softer than good. She's a prominent racer, a strong stayer, a continued improver and a proven Group 1 performer.
16:20 - We're including Jordan Princess on account of her consistency, but there are so many less exposed types in this race that we have to cover her with one offering more promise. That comes in the form of Shoal, who beat Rive Gauche last time and will be suited by this longer trip. She should be up to the grade, too, if her breeding is any guide (sister to Midday).
16:55 - Mistrusted and Spangled are clear in the betting and of the two we prefer Spangled, who has enjoyed a bit more of a break in the lead-up to this race. Secret Hint gets our second spot. Her story has been one of steady but sure progress all along. She's bred to get seven furlongs plus and is much more mature than when she was last tried over this far.
13:55 - 6, 12
14:30 - 4
15:05 - 3, 14
15:40 - 3
16:20 - 1, 13
16:55 - 8, 9
= 16 lines