CLASS act James Doyle gets a huge chance to bang in his first Group 1 for Ballydoyle today – something to warm the heart!
It’s been a tough season in many ways for Doyle as the number two for the Charlie Appleby Godolphin team in a term where the boys in blue have been unusually quiet.
But Doyle, who can’t remember ever having a winner for O’Brien, remains one of the biggest talents out there.
He is on top Ribblesdale heroine Warm Heart in the feature Pertemps Network Yorkshire Oaks over a mile and a half live on ITV.
Ryan Moore, who is Aidan O’Brien’s go to man, will be on likely favourite Savethelastdance, a leading St Leger hope after finishing second in the Oaks at Epsom and going one better in the Irish equivalent.
WARM HEART was only fifth behind her stable companion at the Curragh, but I have a feeling she will get much closer this time.
On that occasion Warm Heart was never placed to challenge, but she had shown what she can do at Royal Ascot when Bluestocking was behind.
This could be a very rare and huge chance for Doyle to show 'the Ballydoyle lads' what he can do.
ITV coverage gets under was with a big juvenile event in the Group 2 Lowther over six furlongs.
RELIEF RALLY has been crying out for six furlongs and she might well have much more to offer at that distance so should take all the beating.
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The William Haggas runner rattled home in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and was very unlucky to be denied on the line.
Then she bolted up in the Super Sprint at Newbury. There doesn’t look too much to worry about here under Tom Marquand.
Star of Mystery is better than she showed at Newmarket last time.
A valuable sales race follows for youngsters over six furlongs.
WE NEVER STOP has valuable experience of this track having been placed twice here and got his act together at Pontefract last time.
In seeing off Twilight Romance he suggested there was more to come and blinding early pace is an asset here.
I think he should go well in a very tricky race for Shane Gray and Kevin Ryan, so I'll be having a few quid on each way.
Before the Yorkshire Oaks is a handicap over a mile.
Old boy ORBAAN might go well here at a price for David O’Meara and Jason Watson.
He’s just the type to pop up in a race like this and was a fine fourth last year off a 5lb higher mark.
It’s all about whether he’s in the mood but he’s plenty of track form and is handicapped to run a massive one. I’ll risk him each way.
Finally a Listed contest in the Galtres Stakes over a mile and a half.
It’s interesting Marquand is on SEA THEME over Market Value.
The latter has plenty to find on ratings but gives us an idea that the Haggas stable hold the recent Doncaster winner in high regard.
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The daughter of Sea the Stars stayed on well to score last time and might be even better on this ground as it was soft that day.
She's open to any amount of improvement.
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