The Duke on Ebor Day Two

Wow! Roaring Lion was super in the Juddmonte International. What a performance! I thought he’d be in the mix but he made a number of genuine Group 1 winners look paltry in comparison. He will be lined up for the Irish Champion Stakes next and then probably finish his season at Ascot in the British equivalent, both of which will be cracking races to watch.

The feature on Thursday is the Yorkshire Oaks.

Magic Wand landed the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot but she was comprehensively beaten by Sea Of Class in the Irish Oaks and it might be a little tricky to reverse that form. Coronet won the Ribblesdale last year, though she’s been more miss than hit in subsequent races.

It’s probably between Sea Of Class and Laurens. Sea Of Class won more easily than the distances would suggest to score her first Group 1 in Ireland last time out. She has only had four runs and is clearly talented, so I can understand why people are raving about her. Still, her price reflects that potential and she’s pretty short in the betting.

She has a rival in Laurens though. She was second in the 1,000 Guineas before two Group 1 wins in France. Those contests didn’t have much depth, but more importantly they were over shorter. There’s every chance she will stay the trip but on that basis Sea Of Class has the upper hand. The value in the market is probably Laurens, but Sea Of Class may be something special.

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