Eziyra looks good value
The opening two days of York's Ebor meeting have been more than enjoyable and in Roaring Lion we've seen a new favourite for the Irish Champion Stakes and Sea Of Class winning yesterday put her to the head of the betting for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
Yesterday's Yorkshire Oaks looked a stellar renewal and is likely to throw up plenty of future big race winners and Dermot Weld's Eziyra could be one of those.
The whole purpose of this column is to try and seek out value for future races and the Weld-trained four-year-old looks a big price at 20/1 for the Qipco British Champions Fillies And Mares later in the season.
British Champions Day has been a happy hunting ground for Weld since it began and he won this race in 2012 with Sapphire.
Eziyra surely booked her ticket for a go at this year's renewal with her performance yesterday. Eziyra was third in the Irish Oaks last year behind Enable at a time when the Weld horses were not running well and after that won the Give Thanks Stakes in August before winning the Enterprise Stakes on Irish Champions Weekend last year.
Weld again took his time this year and the filly was impressive in the Ballyroan Stakes earlier this month and she went to York yesterday as an interesting contender in a hot race and it's a race that William Buick might like to get back.
Having dropped Eziyra in for most of the 1m4f journey yesterday, Buick committed his charge two furlongs out and eventually she had to settle for minor honours behind the very impressive Sea Of Class and Coronet.
Last year's runner-up Bateel is the current favourite for the Ascot race but plenty of water has to go under the bridge and with soft ground likely at Ascot by then, this looks a natural race for Eziyra who would be much shorter on the day.