Time to put Ladys First in Lyric Stakes at York

They don’t come much tougher than Richard Fahey’s Ladys First. The admirable daughter of Dutch Art has been in the first three in all but four of her fifteen career starts but has only got her head in front on two occasions.

Her resolve cannot be questioned as she has been competing against the best of her sex. At Royal Ascot she finished between Duntle and Dank, possibly the two best fillies in training at this distance.

Last time out she was only denied by the rapidly improving Gifted Girl and had Hippy Hippy Shake behind her in fourth place. Luca Cumani’s well-bred filly should give a good account of herself here but may struggle to beat Ladys First.

The main danger has to be Godolphin’s Albasharah, beaten only a length when third in the Lancashire Oaks last time out. She had previously gone into the notebook after being repeatedly hampered at Ascot but she failed to quicken in the closing stages at Haydock.

This drop back to a mile and a quarter may see her in a better light and she will be hard to beat. Lady Nouf is an interesting runner having finished only half a length behind Oaks winner Talent at Newmarket in the spring.

A repeat of that form would give Jeremy Noseda’s filly a first rate chance here but she was a little disappointing at Newbury last month. She cut out the early running that day before finishing third to Cruck Realta.

She is another who should be suited by the drop back to ten furlongs and represents the in-form William Haggas stable. Jeremy Noseda’s Reckoning ran a fine race when just touched off by Making Eyes at Newcastle.

That was a career best for the daughter of Danehill Dancer and she will have the assistance of Graham Lee in the saddle. The field is completed by outsider Private Alexander who was well beaten in a handicap at Ascot last time.