Premier Yearling Stakes betting tips: Kodyanna worth a wager at York

Horsebetting.com give Premier Yearling Stakes betting tips for a typically wide-open renewal of the valuable two-year-old race on Ladies Day at the Ebor Festival in York; Thursday, 23 August. Richard Fahey’s top rated Kodyanna is one of the recommended each-way wagers, alongside course and distance winner He’Zanarab, while Oberyn Martell may go well at a big price. There’s more details in our 2018 Premier Yearling Stakes betting tips.

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Kodyanna
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He’Zanarab
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Well-regarded Kodyanna considered a Premier Yearling punt

The 20-runner Premier Yearling Stakes is always an ultra-competitive and wide-open affair on day two of the Ebor Festival at York. This year’s renewal is no exception, so preference is for the top rated two-year-old in the lineup, Kodyanna, on Ladies Day this Thursday (14:25).

Trained locally by Richard Fahey, this daughter of Kodiac has won two of her five starts to date scoring her second success with a superbly timed run under Oisin Murphy at the Knavesmire in a 5f class 3 handicap last month. Kodyanna was denied a clear run and hampered at a key stage of this race, but still got up in the final strides to win by a short-head.

Given how the race panned out, this was an absolutely cracking effort. What was also pleasing was the manner in which Kodyanna squeezed through despite being short of room to challenge, and it was no surprise to see connections pitch her back into group company off the back of this performance last time out over in France.

Kodyanna was a two-length runner-up at Deauville and far from disgraced, earning a revised rating of 100 off the back of it. The ease in grade is a plus, although she’ll find this no less competitive than when beaten just five lengths in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes for juvenile fillies at Royal Ascot.

Those outings set an obvious standard in the context of this class 2 contest and, while a case can be made for plenty of runners here, Kodyanna will surely come on for her first outing over the trip. She therefore gets a tentative vote in our 2018 Premier Yearling Stakes betting tips.

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He’Zanarab also respected

Richard Hannon trained Footstepsinthesand colt He’Zanarab nominally heads the betting as the sole course and distance winner involved. Connections clearly mean business with him as there’s an eye-catching jockey booking in the form of Ryan Moore.

After winning on debut at Windsor, He’Zanarab was stepped up to 6f in a novice auction stakes at the Knavesmire and beaten 6 1/4 lengths into third behind Mark Johnston’s prospect Dark Vision. He clearly learned from that penultimate outing when returning to his venue to record that course and distance success last time out.

He’Zanarab was soon in front and ridden clear before the furlong marker for a ready 2 1/2 lengths success, turning over an even-money shot in the process who was third. It was a step back in the right direction and has earned him an initial assessor’s mark of 97, while the win and place from two starts at York is also a clear plus.

This demands more, but that can be said of many others in the line-up. He’Zanarab’s course and distance credentials make him stand out in a market which will doubtless big subject to a gamble or two before flag fall, but he has to be respected with the only negative being the 3lb he has to give all but one of his rivals.

Oberyn Martell can go well and each-way value

Oberyn Martell is one from one over six furlongs when making all in a Salisbury juvenile auction stakes race on his penultimate start. Given that display and his 2 3/4 lengths fourth behind Kodyanna in that 5f handicap at this venue last time out, he looks overpriced for trainer Eve Johnson Houghton and each-way value in a race where bookies are bound to offer enhanced place terms.

This colt is a son of Charm Spirit out of a Teofilo mare and likes to be near or in the front. Following a win at Sandown and that one at Salisbury, Oberyn Martell had to give weight all round in that York handicap and now meets Kodyanna on 7lb better terms.

That could easily be enough for him to lay down a serious challenge of his own. Given the price differential between Oberyn Martell and Kodyanna, bookies may well be underestimating the swing in his favour and being better off at the weights has to give him as good a chance as any.

While Oberyn Martell must still give 3lb to every rival except He’Zanarab, an unchanged opening BHA mark of 93 does not look beyond him on the revised terms through the 100 rated Kodyanna. He is therefore another worth considering each-way in a race full of unexposed sorts.

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