york-racesIn the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (2.30) at York on Thursday, Fair Eva has won both starts over 6 furlongs in impressive fashion and can complete a hat-trick. The Frankel filly made a seamless transition to Group company when drawing clear to win the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Ascot by 4 lengths last month and, although the third and fourth, Dainty Dandy and Tallulah Rose, have let the form down since, she couldn’t do much more than beat them easily.

Fair Eva has already been installed a favourite for the 1,000 Guineas and joint-favourite for the Oaks so, while her odds (8/15) are prohibitive, she’s fully expected to justify favouritism en route to better things. The Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh on September 11, could be her next prot of call, according to trainer Roger Charlton. National Alexander, whom she beat by 4 lengths on her debut at Haydock in June, has since won in Listed and Pattern company, so the form looks exceptionally strong.

Selection: York 2.30 Fair Eva (8/15) to win

goodwoodIn the Goodwood Cup (3.10) at Goodwood on Thursday, Big Orange returned to something approaching his very best when making all and staying on strongly to beat The Grey Gatsby by 2½ lengths in the Princess of Wales’s Stakes, over 1 mile 4 furlongs, on the July Course at Newmarket earlier this month and can repeat his win in this race last year. Michael Bell’s 5-year-old is 2lb worse off for a neck with Quest For More this time, but is following a similar path to last year and, with conditions in his favour, there appears no reason why he shouldn’t make another bold bid. The Duke Of Marmalade gelding, whom his trainer says is ‘physically stronger’ this year, was originally intended to run in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, but the decision to follow a less arduous route can pay dividends.

Selection: Goodwood 3.10 Big Orange to win

ride a horseTwo American high school students,A.J. Sauceda and Clayton Torres, were suspended when they decided to circmvent their  schools “No Vehicle to School Day” by riding there on horses! As part of a day which I’m ‘assuming’ was designed to increase awareness of pollution and other environmental issues many of the kids decided to walk to school, while others are said to have used bikes, skate boards and four wheelers (wait isn’t that a vehicle!??).

Their decision to arrive to school on horse back certainly drew a few raised eyebrows and wasn’t helped by the fact that they both rode around the school grounds for ten minutes before heading home. When they returned they received a stern lecture about the dangers of riding a horse around the school grounds and the said of security also highlighted that students had previously been warned about performing ‘pranks’.

“Well, I don’t think it’s fair. They didn’t do anything wrong,” said Leannah Sauceda, A.J.’s mother before going on to highlight that “There’s been chickens let out the beginning of the week, and in the school property, in the school cafeteria,”  “There was over 100 crickets let out in the school.”

The place sounds more ‘Noahs ark’ than school.

No-one was hurt by their rodeo escapades. Both students missed their finals as a result of being suspended, but will apparently be allowed to have them at a later date!