York Thursday Tips: Best bets for the four ITV races

Planet Sport experts have cast their eye over the four races being shown live on ITV on the second day of the York Ebor Festival . Read on for their selections and news of a free bet offer.

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1.50 York - Outside World each-way

2.25 York - Mojomaker

3.00 York - Tammani (nap)

3.35 - Snowfall

1.50 York - Outside World

Sandrine is the obvious one to beat in this 7f contest for fillies having won all three of her starts to date, including a Group 2 at Newmarket last time out.

She had a couple of today's rivals, Desert Dreamer and Hello You, behind in second and third on that occasion and it's hard to see them turning the tables here, unless the application of a hood has a dramatic effect on the latter filly.

Both Illustrating and Zain Claudette are respected as last-time-out winners, a comment that also applies to Outside World and she looks a value alternative against the favourite.

She didn't beat any stars when hosing up over course and distance 26 days ago, but it was a fair step up from her debut effort when greenness was all that did for her.

This is another jump in class but she was handed a Lowther entry before even setting foot on a racecourse, which tells you something about the high regard she is held in by her trainer Mark Johnston, who trained her mother to a Group 1 success.

Mark Johnston holds the selection in high regard
Mark Johnston holds the selection in high regard

He's booked Frankie Dettori to ride and it all adds up to a big run, with current odds generous enough for an each-way bet.

2.25 York - Mojomaker

A big field of improving juveniles will go to post for this 6f Stakes race and a case can be made for several, hence the betting has an open look to it.

There is a potential shock on the cards and, of those at bigger odds, Monsieur Jumbo could easily improve on what he's shown so far, having been gelded since his last run and with first-time blinkers on.

He might be worth a couple of quid each-way but a far more confident pick would be David Loughnane's Mojomaker, who is better than his current rating and will appreciate the drying ground.

He's been undone by soft conditions the last twice, albeit his second behind Fearby at Sandown two starts back was no mean effort, and he's best judged on his close second behind Asymmetric (now rated 107) at Goodwood in early June.

A comfortable winner of a Sandown novice on good ground when next turned out, he has the potential to rate a good deal higher than his current rating of 89 and hopefully we'll see that today.

3.00 York - Tammani

La Trinidad is a good starting point for this fiendishly difficult 1m handicap given he's chasing a hat-trick, with both his wins coming at this track and over today's trip last time out.

The handicapper has put him up another 6lb for that effort, however, and another concern is his draw in stall 20, the widest of all.

At a single figure price, we're going to look elsewhere for some value and it comes in the shape of Tammani, who is a fascinating runner on his first start for David O'Meara having had a spell in France previously.

As a juvenile he was trained by William Haggas, who campaigned him at a high level and placed him to win twice, although his best effort arguably came in defeat in Listed company at Haydock.

Certainly his third place finish behind Pyledriver now looks even better form given the winner's gone on to Group 1 glory, while the fourth horse home on that occasion was none other than Ascot Gold Cup winner Subjectivist.

While it would be wrong to take that form literally it makes him look potentially well treated on a mark of 92, and he has more recent form in the book too, having been beaten just a neck in France two starts back, looking strong at the finish over 7f.

Today's mile trip could prove just perfect for him and his draw in stall 14 is okay too, with Adam Kirby booked to ride.

3.35 York - Snowfall

The two best female horses in training are set to lock horns in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks, with David Menusier seemingly happy to let his Wonderful Tonight take her chance against Aidan O'Brien's Snowfall on a better surface than she's used to.

Aidan O'Brien trains the high class Snowfall
Aidan O'Brien trains the high class Snowfall

Form figures of 3111111 on soft / heavy ground tell all you need to know about her preferred conditions, but time is running out for her to get some further match practice in before the Arc in October.

That race is also the likely target for Snowfall, who is bidding for an Oaks hat-trick, having won the Epsom and Irish versions by a combined total of 24 and half lengths.

That's unheard of on the Flat, let alone two Classics!

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Clearly very special and less dependent on the ground than her main rival, she has every right to be a short-priced favourite and who would bet against her?

Come Longchamp in October and with the mud flying, we might see a different result but this Group 1 prize is surely bound for Ireland.

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