Ebor Festival Day 2 preview: Wejdan worth siding with in Lowther StakesPublished on: August 21, 2019Author: David Metcalf
Wejdan looked an above average sort when scoring on debut, so is worth siding with at 13/2 with BetVictor to take the step up into Group 2 in her stride and land the 6f Lowther Stakes for juveniles on day two of the Ebor Festival at York this Thursday (13:55).
This daughter of dual Group 1 winner Dabirsim hails from the yard of Richard Hannon who saddle Tiggy Wiggy to land the spoils in 2014.
His retired father, Richard senior, is the most successful in the history of the race having won it five times.
In Wejdan, the Wiltshire-based handler has a hugely exciting prospect on his hands, judged on the way she got the job done in a 15-runner maiden at Newbury earlier this month.
After dwelling at the start and then racing keenly in the hands of James Doyle, she looked very green when pushed along and asked to make a move two from home.
However, when the penny finally dropped, Wedjan made stealthy headway a furlong from home to take up the running deep inside the last and beat Predictable Tully going away by half-a-length.
Although it’s hard to know what she beat, as the majority of those that finished in-behind haven’t been seen out since, there was no doubting the visually impressive manner of this victory.
It was a most taking display which suggested Wejdan had a big engine and thus well worth a crack at this level.
She holds an entry in next month’s Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes, so is clearly held in high regard by connections.
Wedjan is also sure to be far more streetwise for the experience, so looks the value bet in a wide-open looking renewal of the Lowther Stakes.
Liberty Beach sets Lowther standard on Ebor Festival day 2
Liberty Beach is a progressive sort with solid form in the book and heads the betting at a best-price 15/8 with Unibet.
This John Quinn trained daughter of Cable Bay won her first two starts at Redcar and Beverley in good style, before running a cracker to finish a 2 1/2 lengths fourth of 25 to Raffle Prize in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Liberty Beach then ran out a very impressive winner of the Listed 5f Dragon Stakes at Sandown where, after showing stacks of pace to chase leaders, she took up the running entering the final furlong and stretched clear to easily beat Dream Shot by 3 1/4 lengths.
It was a most taking performance and Liberty Beach has since followed-up in good style at Glorious Goodwood when showing a smart turn of foot to quicken through a tight gap and win going away by a length from Alligator Alley in the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes.
That win has earned her a rating of 106, the highest in the 10-runner line-up. It makes Liberty Beach the one to beat under Jason Hart, who is three from four on her.
However, she now faces some unexposed and promising types with more scope – so, at the odds on offer, may be worth taking on.
Seniority has a super chance in Clipper Logistics
Seniority has run well in his last two starts and looks to be building up to a big performance, so at 12/1 with Ladbrokes makes plenty of appeal in the 1m Clipper Logistics Handicap (15:00).
This Sir Michael Stoute trained five-year-old, who carries the colours of the Queen, enjoyed his finest hour 12 months ago at Glorious Goodwood when landing the ultra-competitive Golden Mile Handicap.
After being held-up by Ryan Moore, the son of Dubawi had to weave his way through through the tightly packed 17-runner field.
He found himself behind a wall of horses as the furlong marker, but when eventually seeing daylight quickened up smartly to get up close home and score going away by half-a-length from Poet’s Society off a mark of 98.
Seniority was then far from disgraced at this meeting when a 4 3/4 lengths sixth of eight to Lord Glitters in the Group 3 Strensall Stakes over 1m 1f where he made promising headway two from home until weakening late inside the final furlong.
The form of that race reads well in relation to this and Seniority is able to race in it off what looks a workable mark of 101.
Having caught the eye two starts back when staying on as a never nearer fourth of 12 to Military Law at Newcastle, Seniority showed he could be competitive off it when a fine 2 1/2 lengths fourth of 20 to Beat Le Bon in this year’s renewal of the Golden Mile Handicap.
This is arguably a weaker class 2 and Seniority has a 33 per cent strike rate over the trip. So, taking everything into account, he looks to have lots going for him and is taken to gain a deserved big race success.
Search For A Song can call the tune in Galtres
Now eased in significantly in grade, Irish raider Search For A Song looks the one to be on in the Listed 1m 4f Galtres Stakes (16:15).
This lightly-raced three-year-old daughter of Galileo hails from the powerful yard of Dermot Weld, who does well with his runners on the Knavesmire and saddled Pale Mimosa to land the 2012 running of this.
After winning in good style by four lengths on debut at Fairyhouse in May when sent off a heavily backed 4/6 favourite, Search For A Song ran well in defeat when stepped up to this level and finding only Trethias 2 3/4 lengths too good in the Oaks Trial at Naas.
That run earned her a crack at the Group 1 Irish Oaks at The Curragh and Search For a Song ran really well to finish a keeping on, never nearer 5 3/4 lengths fourth of eight to the ultra-progressive Star Catcher having been held-up well off the pace.
It was a huge effort on just her third career start in such a short space of time and one which suggested there was better to come.
The form of that race sets a clear standard in this much lower grade affair, while another plus is that in-form title chasing jockey Oisin Murphy has been booked to do the steering.
Search For A Song is also a scopey sort open to stacks more improvement and this doesn’t look the strongest renewals of the Galtres.
So, at 5/2 with Betway, she is taken to land the spoils on Ebor Festival day 2 en route to better things.