Day two of the York Ebor Festival gets underway with a Group 2 contest opening the card, in the form of the Lowther Stakes.
11 runners have been declared in the 6f contest, which is pencilled in for 1:50.
SANDRINE (13/8) is the standout contender in the race, having won all three of her starts for Andrew Balding.
The Bobby’s Kitten filly proved her versatility at Newmarket, showing no issues with the quicker ground to land success in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes.
She is a significant 6lbs higher in the ratings than her nearest rivals and she has proven to be a seriously tough nut to crack over this distance.
HELLO YOU (6/1) has finished behind the market favourite on her last two starts, but she could well be third time lucky here.
David Loughnane’s filly cleared away on debut, before running well in heavy conditions at Royal Ascot to finish second on her first start at Group level.
The two-year-old pulled hard on her last outing which ended any chance of success at Newmarket, but she can be forgiven for that effort and could well bounce back here.
ZAIN CLAUDETTE (6/1) picked up strongly to snatch success on the line at Ascot last month, with Ismail Mohammed’s recruit potentially having more to offer here.
The filly had plenty to do in the final furlong, but she responded gamely to Ray Dawson’s request and stormed home late on to win by a nose.
The two-year-old clearly has a lot of heart and she could well be in the mix here at York.
DESERT DREAMER (13/2) came close to landing some black type when finishing second in Group 2 company at Newmarket and Ascot for Stuart Williams, while Karl Burke’s ILLUSTRATING (15/2) returns to top-class competition following her success at Goodwood in July.
OUTSIDE WORLD (18/1) thundered home over C&D back in July for Mark Johnston and Archie Watson’s NAZANIN (20/1) could continue to show progress after finishing fourth in the Princess Margaret Keeneland Stakes last month.
Sandrine’s stablemate NYMPHADORA (22/1) is yet to build on her listed success over the minimum distance here in May, while Brian Meehan’s VERTIGINOUS (33/1) outran her odds of 66/1 when finishing fifth in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Keith Dalgleish’s MISTY AYR (40/1) and Robert Cowell’s DREAMS OF THUNDER (100/1) complete the field of 11 runners.