25/1 Yorkshire Ebor Meeting Ante-Post RAB 2021




St Mark's Basilica - Juddmonte International - Win

The superstar three year old took his form to a new level and created history for his trainer on Sunday by landing the Group One Prix du Jockey Club, seeing the handler take it for the first time in his career and making himself a dual French Classic winner.

At the end of his juvenile career he truly showed just how good he can be when taking the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, having finished a close third in the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes.

This season he picked up from where he left off by taking the Group One French 2000 Guineas on seasonal debut and then at the start of June on his first try at an extended trip he took to it superbly to land the French Derby.

Last time out he gave another superstar performance when taking on three smart runners in the Group One Coral Eclipse and went on to demolish the field.

He looks even better over 1m2f than a mile and if on song will be tough to beat, arguably being the horse of the season to date in this division.

Snowfall - Yorkshire Oaks - Win

Having needed her first two runs as a juvenile, Snowfall got off the mark at The Curragh at the third time of asking in a Fillies' Maiden.

However, since then she has raced four times between seven furlongs and a mile in decent graded events and has struggled being outclassed.

Stepping up in trip on debut this term brought bring improvement out of her, when winning the Group Three Musidora Stakes at York over 10.5f.

Many thought off the back of that she should have been closer in the market to her stablemate Santa Barbara, and they were right.

Snowfall went on to take the event with ease, winning by a record 16 lengths for Aidan O'Brien and jockey Frankie Dettori and that saw the handler land the event for the ninth time.

Last time out she was the big odds on favourite to land the Oaks double and at The Curragh in Ireland and in emphatic style she landed her second Group One.

She is again the heavy favourite for this event and it would be a surprise for her to continue her unbeaten season.

Stradivarius - Lonsdale Cup - Win

The seven year old has been the poster boy for the UK staying division for the last four seasons landing 10 races in a row including winning a Weatherbys-sponsored £1million bonus in the last two seasons after landing the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and Lonsdale Cup at York.

As mentioned, Stradivarius lost his unbeaten record that stretched back to May 2018, when being pipped in a photo finish on Champions Day 2019 in the Long Distance Cup.

He came back last season and had a prep run in the Group One Coronation Cup where he ran to a good standard finishing third and gave him the run he needed to go and win a third straight renewal of this event.

After joining the likes of Double Trigger and Yeats after landing the Gold Cup, he headed to Glorious Goodwood seeking a fourth win in the Goodwood Cup, which he went on to win.

He was dropped in trip after that in prep for the Arc, where the race did not suit him and that seemed to really mess him about with him only beating one home in the Long Distance Cup.

The mighty veteran came back this season for the Group Three Sagaro Stakes at Ascot and was a superb winner of the event over two miles.

It set him up perfectly for a crack at his fourth straight victory in the Ascot Gold Cup at the royal meeting but unfortunately it was not to be with him being left far too much to do when turning for home.

He was beaten by Subjectivist who is now out for the season and having skipped the Goodwood Cup he should be the freshest horse heading to post.

Golden Pal - Nunthorpe Stakes - Place

Golden Pal has been a superb sprinter for the yard having been unleashed to British viewers when finishing an extremely close second in the Group Two Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, just being beat by the Michael Bell trained The Lir Jet.

He was set for the Nunthorpe at York in 2020 after that event but instead was kept in America where he went on to land a Stakes contest in taking style.

That set him up perfectly for the Breeders' Cup meeting where he took on a strong field of 13 runners and coming from a horrible draw he managed to clear away from the field at Keeneland to land the Grade Two Juvenile Turf Sprint.

Having suffered a slight setback he missed the King's Stands Stakes at Royal Ascot but instead was last seen winning the Group Three Quick Call Stakes at Saratoga.

He is said to be working well at home ahead of his trip over to England and with Frankie Dettori set to have the ride he looks sure to go close.

Sandrine - Lowther Stakes - Place

The final selection of the RAB comes in the Lowther Stakes and the unbeaten Sandrine for Andrew Balding looks to have a big chance of placing.

The two year old has bounced onto the sprinting scene in a big way this term, making his debut on the all weather at Kempton and winning comfortably.

He was sent straight into group company off the back of that run at Royal Ascot in the Albany Stakes and on heavy ground he built a stellar field to land the event comfortably.

Turned out again last month, Sandrine made it three wins from three when landing the Group Two Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket on good to firm ground.

The sprinting star has shown versatility and speed on differing ground is massively the one to beat in the 6f juvenile division.