Through The Card: York, Thursday 22 August

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There is Flat racing from York on Thursday

Timeform take you through the card at York on Thursday...

"...off the back of her fourth in the Irish Oaks and if repeating that form, she would have a strong chance of gaining a pattern level success."

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13:55 - The Lowther kicks of proceedings on day two of the Ebor meting and the filly of strong interest in the field is WEJDAN (10) for William Haggas. He knows what it takes to win this race and will only send runners up to the Yorkshire track if he feels they have a chance so it is exciting he feels that this once-raced filly is capable of performing well. Her debut was very impressive when she made a sweeping move two furlongs out and made up a lot of ground before needing one tap to hit the front and win by half a length. She is open to any amount of improvement and looks well worth her place in this field. Recent Molecomb winner Liberty Beach is respected on her first try at six furlongs, along with Princess Margaret winner Under The Stars.

14:25 - This contest looks ultra-competitive as it always is and is usually won by trainers that target the race. The race has only ever had four winning trainers now into it's 10th running, with that looking set to be upheld. Richard Hannon won this in 2017 for the same owners that have MUMS TIPPLE (1) to their name and he rates as a strong contender off the back of his Ascot win. Having only been seen once, the big field is a potential worry but he's a strong travelling type so looks to have the attributes to cope. He won a valuable minor event that his handler often targets with a smart type and despite topping the weights, he could well be the best of these. Molecomb third Show Me Show Me also has strong claims despite a penalty for winning the Brocklesby at the start of the season and others of interest include Love Destiny, Raahy and Irish raider Piece of Paradise.

15:00 - Mark Johnston saddled Poet's Society to success in this contest last year to become the winning most trainer in Britain and he bids for more success with Vale Of Kent after his good second in the Golden Mile. His best form is at seven furlongs and will need to be the benefactor of a good ride to get involved from his draw. QAYSAR (7) bids for his hat-trick off the back of two quick wins at Newbury and Newmarket and rates as a likely type to get involved. FIRMAMENT (11) has plenty of good course form to his name and that often is an advantage around York so also rates as a good chance to get involved at the finish. Thrave is also of interest and Blackheath caught the eye last time and could go close on his first attempt at a mile this year.

15:35 - The Yorkshire Oaks headlines the card and there isn't a better mare to do so in ENABLE (1). Her last start on English soil, she faces three others in her attempt to register her 13th career win on the way to her bid for a third Arc. She won this race back in 2017 and rates as having a huge chance of doing so again. She faces old foe Magical, who can pose the biggest threat, but Enable had the beating of her in the Eclipse over Magical's best trip so this should end up being the perfect send of for Enable, bowing out on her illustrious and magnificent career on these shores.

16:15 - The Galtres stakes is often a competitive race with plenty of fillies' on the hunt for black-type and this renewal looks no different. SEARCH FOR A SONG (8) drops markedly in grade off the back of her fourth in the Irish Oaks and if repeating that form, she would have a strong chance of gaining a pattern level success. Dermot Weld has a good record in the race and only sends horses over the Irish Sea if they have a chance so the fact she is making the trip is interesting. Frosty can also make her presence felt, a full sister to 1000 Guineas winner Winter, she reappeared after a 10 month lay-off at Galway and ran with credit but that only came eight days ago and there's a worry she could bounce. Frankellina rates as the strongest home contender and if repeating her second in the Musidora, she would be involved at the finish.

16:50 - CHALEUR (2) was marked as a horse in focus after her latest start at Glorious Goodwood when shaping as if the best horse in the contest but having her chance gone with her inexperience and not being able to cope with the camber over a furlong out. She was staying on strongly at the end when it levelled out but she ran out of yardage to get to the leaders. She drops in trip here but she is a lightly raced filly, as well as a previous winner over this trip, so that should hold no fears and she looks likely to go well. Agincourt has been running consistently of late and drops back into handicap company off the back of a third in a listed contest so is also on the shortlist, along with multiple winner Mubtasimah.

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