Lowther Stakes Betting Tips – Sacred a Solid Bet on Ebor Festival Day 2

York Betting Tips · Thursday, 20th Aug 2020 - 13:45 ·

Royal Ascot runner-up the form pick in Lowther Stakes

In the 6f Group 2 Lowther Stakes for juvenile fillies which gets proceedings underway at York on Thursday (13:45), Sacred looks to hold outstanding claims of landing the spoils.

This William Haggas trained daughter of Exceed And Excel looked an exciting prospect when making a winning debut in 12-runner maiden over 6f at Newmarket back in June.

After tracking the leaders travelling powerfully, Sacred was denied a clear run when making her move at the furlong marker.

She then showed a smart turn of foot to bravely quicken between rivals and win going away by just under two lengths from Sardinia Sunset. It was a most taking display and the runner-up has gone on to land a Listed contest at this venue.

The sixth home Happy Romance, meanwhile, won the Weatherbys Super Sprint last time out. Timescale, who came seventh, won her next two starts before finishing a fine length fourth in a Group 2.

That gives the form a really solid look. Sacred has since run a cracker when pitched into Group 2 company and finishing second of 18 to Campanelle in the 5f Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

She looked all over the winner when ridden to take up the running inside the last, but couldn’t match the finishing pace of Wesley Ward’s charge and got collared late on to go down by just three-quarters of a length.

Sacred travelled like the best filly for the majority of the contest, so the extra furlong here looks sure to suit.

She is also the highest rated in the Lowther Stakes line-up and hails from a yard in form. There is nothing not to like about her chances, hence Sacred is a strong fancy at 2/1 with Betfair to get back to winning ways.

Santosha feared most in Lowther Stakes

Santosha has won two of her three starts and shown improved form in each, so looks a big player for trainer David Loughnane and rates the main danger to Sacred.

This daughter of Coulsty belied odds of 50/1 to make a winning debut in an 11-runner novice contest at Lingfield when showing a smart turn of foot to beat Beverage by 1 3/4 lengths.

That earned Santosha a crack at the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

She again outran huge odds of 50/1 when finishing a fast finishing three-quarters of a length third to the hugely exciting Dandalla who had previously landed the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot by six lengths.

It was a blinding effort and Santosha showed it to be no fluke last time out in the Group 3 Princess Margaret over the Lowther Stakes trip when staying on strongly to account for Hala Hala Hala by three-quarters of a length.

She was well on top at the finish, so off identical terms is fully expected to confirm the placings with the re-opposing runner-up.

Santosha is clearly going the right way, while another plus is that she is versatile as regards underfoot conditions.

She is also rated just 1lb inferior to Sacred, so could well be a bit of value at the 5/1 on offer with Unibet and makes plenty of each-way appeal.

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Clipper Logistics Handicap betting tips – Top Rank ticks all the right boxes

Having scored in sensational style last time out, Top Rank looks capable of defying a hike in the weights to follow-up in the the 1m Clipper Logistics Handicap (14:45)

This James Tate trained and Saeed Manana owned four-year-old colt is a progressive and unexposed sort who is unbeaten in four starts.

In the third of those on handicap debut at Newmarket last September, Top Rank only had to be pushed out to score easily by 2 3/4 lengths off an opening mark of 83

The son of Dark Angel was then on the sidelines for 307 days before turning what looked a competitive class 3 handicap for the grade into a procession at Thirsk three weeks ago.

After being backed as if defeat was out of the question and sent off the 5/4 favourite, Top Rank never gave his supporters an anxious moment.

He travelled ominously well throughout and, when eased into the lead a furlong from home by PJ McDonald, showed a smart turn of foot to shoot clear and slam Star Of Southwold by just over four lengths.

Top Rank made a total mockery of his handicap mark of 82. It was a display which marked him out as a potential pattern performer in the making.

If that is to be the case, then a whopping 12lb rise in the weights is unlikely to be enough to stop him going in again for all that this Heritage Handicap is by far the stiffest assignment he has faced to date.

So, with McDonald once again in the saddle and the prospect of even better to come, Top Rank looks to have the perfect profile for this. He can be backed at 8/1 with bet365 to go in again.

What’s The Story appeals most each-way

In a race where a case can be made for most of the 20 runners, last year’s winner What’s The Story appeals most from an each-way betting perspective at 22/1 with William Hill who pay five places.

This six-year-old, who hails from the yard of Keith Dalgleish, showed a really game attitude in this 12 months ago when getting the better of a ding dong battle throughout the final furlong with Vale Of Kent to prevail by a head off a mark of 103.

He then went on to round off the campaign with a fine length second to Encapsulation in a Listed contest at Ayr.

What’s The Story has had three starts this season. He shaped quite nicely on the second of those over 1m 2f here when eight of 22 to Sinjaari in the valuable John Smith’s Cup off 108.

The son of Harbour Watch is now able to race off 106, just 3lb higher than last year. He comes into the race having signalled that his time was near when a 2 1/4 lengths third of nine to Audarya at Newcastle.

What’s The Story looks to have been laid out for this again by his shrewd connections and now drops back to a mile over which he has a healthy 33 per cent strike rate.

He is also unbeaten in two starts over course and distance, so looks to have far more going for him than his odds would suggest.

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