With a day to go to the Ebor Festival, many fans and pundits eyes were already glancing towards York and some of Tuesdays racing took a slight back foot. This doesn’t mean there was not some decent racing out there and there were two fillies that particularly caught our eye, at Ripon and Wolverhampton respectively. Leicester and Kempton also held racing, and there was a mixed card at Tipperary in Ireland.
2 00 ARWA (C Hills) 9/2, C5 2YO Fillies Maiden, 6F, Good
Arwa was very much the eye catcher throughout her race at Ripon and she travelled beautifully into the last furlongs, as her opponents were already struggling. A half-sister to Order of St George, she clearly needed her debut run when 8th in a strong looking maiden at Newmarket. However, at Ripon she looked a class apart and the £300,000 purchase looks somewhat wiser now. She ran as if she can go further and beat some proven form whilst doing so. 7F looks easily feasible, as does a mile given a bit more time. Charlie Hill’s filly has no entries to aim straight for and you get the impression that this filly may have a focus on her 3YO campaign.
8 00 SIDE HILL (J Gosden) 8/15, C5 Fillies Maiden, 1M0.5F, Standard
For a successive day, John Gosden and Nicky Mackay teamed up on a very dominant maiden winner, that showed plenty of promise. The strength in depth of the race is admittedly questionable, but Side Hill was never threatened once the race took shape, despite the stall issues and missing the start. She still looks a moody filly and a tricky customer for connections, but her ability pulled her through easily. This ability can be fully harnessed if Gosden is able to calm her, he then might just have another decent filly on his hands.