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Mark Johnston's filly Lumiere can shine brightest at York

By Nick Robson

Published 20/08/2015

Will power: William Buick has a great chance on Lumiere
Will power: William Buick has a great chance on Lumiere

Lumiere can light up proceedings at York by winning the Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes.

A brilliant all-the-way performance at Newmarket's July meeting was the talk of Headquarters and, judged on post-race comments, was not unexpected given her work at home.

Six lengths was the winning margin and while this represents a marked step up in class, it is going to take something pretty special to stop Mark Johnston's filly - with William Buick on board - gaining Group Two honours and, with it, probably 1000 Guineas favouritism.

Covert Love appears the safest option in a trappy-looking Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

There could be a shock in the mile-and-a-half Group One feature, but all the signs are Hugo Palmer's three-year-old is a progressive individual and is capable of following up her Irish Oaks triumph.

Palmer bravely took the plunge to supplement her at the Curragh and the move paid a handsome dividend as the daughter of Azamour stayed on strongly to beat Jack Naylor and favourite Curvy, who had previously done everything right this season.

Handy from the off in a race run at a brisk pace, she was there to be shot at but showed all the right qualities to come home in front.

Given the manner in which she did it, it looks like the long galloping Knavesmire straight will be very much up her street and the sky will be the limit if she can take this in similar style.

William Haggas should be on the mark in the valuable DBS Premier Yearling Stakes with Tasleet.

Twice a winner from his four starts, the Sheikh Hamdan-owned two-year-old sets the standard after getting closest to rising star Shalaa in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.

Chil The Kite is a speculative dart in the Clipper Logistics Stakes.

A handicap regular possessed of a fair amount of ability when things drop right, he is a pound lower than when a fine third in the Royal Hunt Cup, beaten less than two lengths.

Tarando is on a fair mark at a low level in the All The Best Free Bets At Handicap at Chepstow.

Narrow Nottingham runner-up Tyfos the call in the Racing UK On Sky 432 Handicap at Hamilton.

Layline is a pretty reliable yardstick on the all-weather and gets the nod in the Hickstead Show Ground Handicap at Lingfield.

Number One London looks a capital investment in the Edward Brain Plant Hire Novices Hurdle at Stratford, while there is also action today at Killarney where Haqeeba can win the meeting's opener.

YORK: 1.55 Tasleet, 2.30 LUMIERE (NAP), 3.05 Chil The Kite, 3.40 Covert Love, 4.20 Shoal, 4.55 Enlace.

CHEPSTOW: 2.10 Just Glamorous, 2.45 Tarando, 3.20 Lamyaa, 3.55 Zeteah, 4.30 Edge, 5.05 Our Folly, 5.35 High Admiral, 6.05 Petrify.

HAMILTON: 5.10 Nimr, 5.40 A Lovable Rogue, 6.10 Riponian, 6.40 Haymarket, 7.10 Deep Resolve, 7.40 Gathurst, 8.10 Tyfos.

KILLARNEY: 5.20 Haqeeba, 5.50 Sakhees Jack, 6.20 Sidra, 6.50 Miss Dinamic, 7.20 Rock The World, 7.50 Down Time, 8.20 Lieutenant.

LINGFIELD: 5.00 Human Nature, 5.30 Maymyo, 6.00 Magical Effect, 6.30 Blue Amazon, 7.00 Arcamante, 7.30 Layline, 8.00 Western Playboy.

STRATFORD: 2.20 Mountainside, 2.55 Number One London, 3.30 Stephen Hero, 4.05 The Kvilleken, 4.40 Days Ahead, 5.15 Cabin Fever, 5.45 Alyasan.

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