After a fascinating opening day at York, Day Two had a lot to live up to and it certainly delivered. Stormy Clouds continued her mid-season revival with a cosy win in the opening juvenile race, before all eyes were on the star Frankel filly Fair Eva. She was beaten fair and square however, and just looked flat out on the Knavesmire; with Queen Kindly and Roly Poly impressing hugely out in front. Two other fillies were most eye catching however, and feature below.
3 40 SEVENTH HEAVEN (A O’Brien) 10/3, Group 1 (Fillies & Mares), 1M4F, Good to Firm
Seventh Heaven continued her impressive campaign this summer and her Epsom run looks way behind her now. Minding, Found and now Seventh Heaven provide Ballydoyle with a serious trio of fillies and had Found been fitter heading into York, the final furlong may have been more of a battle between the two. But you can take nothing away from Seventh Heaven, who has gone somewhat under the radar so far this summer, and now has back to back Group One wins. Aiden O’Brien has yet to firmly decide on next destinations and mentioned that plans will begin to take shape once US Army Ranger has run this weekend. But America looks on the cards and the Fillies and Mares race at the Curragh in mid-September could be ideal preparation.
4 20 ABINGDON (M Stoute) 13/8, C1 Listed, 1M4F, Good to Firm
Abingdon shortened up on the exchanges and markets all and set off the big 13/8 favourite. But the gamble paid off for punters and she delivered an eye catching win that was certainly better than it will appear on paper. Andrea Atzeni kept it simple and knew he was on the best horse, keeping Abingdon out of trouble throughout until producing her around the 2F pole, where Michael Stoute’s filly swiftly took the lead and stayed on nicely. Atzeni and Stoute were both quick to agree that she can get 1M6F comfortably and that this big rangy filly may be angled at the Park Hill Stakes at the St Leger Festival. This was only her fifth run and there is definitely bigger races to be won on the horizon.