The Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks is the highlight on day two of the York Ebor Festival, and Ryan Moore has a big chance of landing the prize on star filly Love...
"She is obviously the clear form stand-out here on the Epsom run, but there are interesting fillies ranged against her."
- Ryan Moore on Love
Step up in form needed but this is winnable
13:45 - Sussex Garden
A winner on her debut at Naas, she ran creditably against a smart filly out of ours in Mother Earth at the same track last time. She needs to step up on that level of form to be winning this, but there doesn't seem to be anything to be particularly scared of in here, as it stands.
Well related and sure to improve
14:15 - Uncle Jumbo
The form of his Doncaster win has worked out pretty well, and I can see him going well here. He is a half-brother to the stable's very smart sprinter Major Jumbo, and he clearly has a lot of scope for improvement after just the one run. Devious Company looks the obvious one to beat.
14:45 - Solid Stone - NON-RUNNER
She's the one to beat but some nice fillies line-up against her
15:15 - Love
Everyone saw how impressive she was in the 1,000 Guineas and she was even more devastating in the Oaks, so of course we will be disappointed if she is beaten here. But you should never take anything for granted in racing and I would have preferred it if we hadn't seen the recent rain for her. She is obviously the clear form stand-out here on the Epsom run, but there are interesting fillies ranged against her.
Alpinista looked very good at Salisbury at the weekend, Manuela De Vega has impressed this season, and the Gosden fillies have to respected, but stronger form claims are held by One Voice after she gave Fancy Blue a real race in the Nassau last time. If she stays this extra distance, then she could prove the most troublesome.
Aiming to go one better than last year
15:45 - Vivionn
She ran well enough at Haydock on her reappearance and she has fair claims here if stepping forward from that run. She was progressive last term and rounded off her campaign with a good second in this race. On that form, she should be thereabouts as I have seen stronger Listed races, for all it is competitive.
Impressive Haydock win gives him a big chance
16:20 - Rhoscolyn
He looks to have improved a fair deal when winning a Haydock novice last time but the handicapper didn't miss the run and has given him a mark of 85. Still, he is going the right way and I imagine he will be among the favourites here, and probably rightly so after Haydock.
On a fair mark for return to handicapping
16:50 - Anna Nerium
She shaped well on her return at Goodwood and maybe the small field wasn't ideal at Salisbury last time, though she ran perfectly well in second. Her best form has come when she has a decent pace to aim at, which she will hopefully get here, and a mark of 104 is fair on her best form, even if she is set to go down 2lb in the future. This is the first time she has run in a handicap since winning the Free Handicap by 3 lengths off a mark of 100 in 2018.