Last year’s race
- Winner: The Great Heir
- Jockey: A Mullen
- Trainer: K A Ryan
- Owner: Mr Dave Stone
- Age: 2 Weight: 8st 9lb
- Starting Price: 33/1
- Season Form Figures: 421195
- Previous Best: 1st – Nursery Handicap, York (July 2018)
Another big sales race for two-year-olds means another huge pot and this will be the race’s 13th edition.
The Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes in which at York’s Ebor Meeting won in devastating fashion by Mum’s Tipple has featured four of the last ten winners. Not so for the last two seasons but those winners, Laugh A Minute and The Great Heir, also ran at the Ebor meeting finishing third in the Convivial Maiden and fifth in the nursery so the whole meeting should be considered closely.
These sales races attract a wide range of abilities and are not as open as may first appear so tend to go to horses that have shown a strong piece of form in relation to their rivals.
These sales races attract a wide range of abilities and are not as open as may first appear so tend to go to horses that have shown a strong piece of form in relation to their rivals so how the Aidan O’Brien-trained Reply, who was officially top rated heading into the 2011 renewal, was allowed to start at 20/1 before his victory remains a mystery.
Staying on that theme, Dream Eater was also top-rated on official figures when winning the inaugural running in 2007, the top-rated Taajub only found one too good in 2009, the two form horses on official figures in 2010 year fought it out with Wootton Bassett beating Galtymore Lad in a repeat of their 1-2 in the Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes at the Ebor Festival. In 2012 the second-top rated on official BHA figures, The Gold Cheongsam, justified favouritism, three of the four top-rated horses heading into the 2015 renewal went on to finish 1-2-3 and the 2016 winner, Mubtasim, was second top-rated.
Richard Fahey supplied the winner, third and fifth in 2010 and the 2014 winner, Bond’s Girl, so he is likely to target the race again and the Hannon stable finally took the honours for the first time four years ago with a 1-2 year. Those two stables also saddled the two placed horses last season at big prices in a Tote Placepot buster with the 1-2-3 sent off at 33/1, 25/1 and 33/1.
At a glance summary
- Ran at the Ebor Festival (notably the Goffs Yearling Stakes)
- BHA top-rated
- Trained by Richard Hannon, Jeremy Noseda or Richard Fahey