HOW do you follow Frankel? Inevitably, there will be a sense of anti-climax at York today after the tumultuous events of yesterday.
It was probably the best performance I’ve ever seen by any horse and the spine-tingling reception afforded to the beast, Tom Queally and Sir Henry Cecil will live long in the memory.
I suppose the only thing Cecil and Queally can do is go out and win another Group One and they have a great chance of doing so in today’s Yorkshire Oaks with Wild Coco.
The four-year-old came good at Goodwood last time over 1m 6f and although she is coming back in trip this race can often go to the horse with the greatest stamina. Shareta was second in last year’s Arc but has failed to live up to that since and then there is the Epsom Oaks form. The first three, Was, Shirocco Star and The Fugue, and sixth Coquet all run. These fillies have been beating each other since and I’m sceptical about the level of the Oaks form. They have also had hard races and Wild Coco will be fresher, not to mention she is a year older at four.
The opening race is a typically tricky two-year-old sales race but then again there is £142,000 on offer to the winning owner. Annunciation should go well but Scentpastparadise is worth an each-way look. She is currently as high as 33/1 and has a progressive profile after back-to-back wins at Beverley and Redcar. She also gets a handy pull in the weights.
It is very difficult to get away from Newfangled in the Lowther after her demolition job at Royal Ascot while the ultra-competitive 3.05 is a needle in a haystack job although the tough Crown Counsel has each-way appeal.