York Ebor Races 2013: Wentworth and Queensbury Rules Go Head-to-Head on Day Two

Joshua HaywardContributor IAugust 21, 2013

YORK, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Duran Fentiman riding Body And Soul (2nd R) win The Macmillan Charity Sprint Trophy at York racecourse on June 15, 2013 in York, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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With the York Ebor Races in full swing as it enters its second day, a number of hotly contested races are in store for punters of the Flat season.

For the first time in the festival's history, this year's Ebor races have been extended to a fourth day and will now stretch across a Saturday—not something that went down particularly well with racegoers across the country.

But despite that, the Ebor festival is steeped in tradition with avid punters sure to make their way to Yorkshire unfazed by the new layout—unlike July's meeting at Newmarket which attracted less than satisfactory numbers due to a similar sort of change.

Starting with York, Yorkshire plays proud host to a month-long Flat season with the next meet, the famed St Ledger bun fight at Doncaster.

High quality, competitive racing is sure to feature this week at the Ebor festival but we'll take a look at what's to come on day two.


First race—13:55 GMT

Up first is the season's initial big Sales race with a 20-strong field of two-year-olds lining up. Richard Hannon's Midnite Angel is the horse to go for on form but the British trainer could well rely on his other horse, Epsom winner Thunder Strike.

Kevin Ryan's Oasis Town has been in relatively poor form of late but, despite a poor record in the race of fillies, could well be a surprise in this race.


Second race—14:30 GMT

Up next is the Group Two Lowther Stakes where Brian Meehan's impressive filly J-Wonder is expected to make an easy and successful transition from Nursery company. In her favour for the crown is the fact that Sandiva, who had a wonderful win in France at the weekend, won't be making an appearance.

J-Wonder's biggest rival is surely to be Mick Channon's Kaiulani who, despite poor form at Royal Ascot, has been running well.


Third race—15:05 GMT

Johnny Murtagh has been booked to race this week and initially did look like he could be riding Educate, which would have been the one to go for in the 1 mile Goddard Handicap—now renamed following the sponsorship of Clipper Logistics.

However, it now appears that Murtagh could go for the 10 furlong handicap later in the week. If this is the case, then the hot contest should be between Betfred Mile winner Wentoworth and William Haggis' Queensbury Rules.


Fourth race—15:40 GMT

Rider Ralph Beckett had initially looked to race his horse Talent for the Group One contest, but has since decided to go with Secret Gesture, who many think is the more accomplished of the two horses.

Proven Group One mare The Fugue could have a long-awaited return to form in this race, but with a lack of running time in recent months, stamina could be an issue. Aidan O'Brien's hugely impressive filly Venus De Milo could be one to challenge Secret Gesture in this race.


Fifth race—16:20 GMT

The penultimate race of the day sees the lesser fillies and mares in the Listed Galtres Stakes take the same 12 furlong trip to that of the race beforehand.

William Haggis could be the victorious trainer in these stakes with Our Obsession and Lady Nouf both featuring.

Controversial stable owners Godolphin have Songbird running—the horse finishing just behind John Gosden's Cushion when running at Newbury last time—and could do well in these stakes.


Sixth and final race—16:55 GMT

A seven furlong handicap contested by fillies wraps up the second day at the Ebor festival. Johnny Murtagh's Desert Image is the standout horse in this race, although David O'Meara's Dutch Rose could do well on a track that she dearly loves.