The second day York’s Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival saw fillies take center stage, with some memorable performances.

The first race of the day, the Group 2 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes saw Fairyland see off a strong challenge from The Mackem Bullet to land the Group 2 in a close photo finish.  The daughter of Kodiac, a sire who produced a number of high class fillies including Tiggy Wiggy and Besharah, led under Ryan Moore before being ridden over 1 furlong out and railing on well to win by a nose. The second-placed horse, The Mackem Bullet was bought for just £9,000 form the Goffs UK Silver Yearling Sale and has now won over £60,000 in prize money.

The second race of the day, The Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes saw Red Balloons beat the boys to win by an impressive 3 lengths.  The filly, who is trained by Richard Fahey and was ridden by Barry McHugh was bought from the Goffs UK Silver Yearling Sale last year for £28,000 and has since won over £150,000 in prize money.

The feature race of the day, Darley Yorkshire Oaks, was always going to be an exciting race with all 8 runners having previously won Group races.  However, Sea of Class proved a class above the rest winning the Group 1 impressively with Coronet finishing 2 ¼ lengths behind her in second.  The filly, who is by Sea the Stars, won the Irish Oaks in July and is now favourite for Europe’s richest horse race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The following race saw another impressive performance, with Lah Ti Dar demolishing the field in the Listed British EBF and Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes to win by 10 lengths.  The unbeaten daughter of Dubawi who is out of the Blue hen, Dar Re Mi, making her a full sister to So Mi Dar and Too Darn Hot, was making her comeback following an illness which prevented her from running in the Investec Oaks and Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The final race of the day, The British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Handicap saw 15 fillies line up, with the Andrew Balding trained Crossing the Line  finishing first past the post.  The consistent filly, who is by Cape Cross, has now finished in the first two in six of her eight runs.