Fair Eva aims to live up to Frankel legacy
Frankel's victory in the Juddmonte International of 2012 will count as one of his defining performances and memories of the thoroughbred heavyweight will be strong back at York today when the best of his first crop of foals takes to the track.
Fair Eva made such an impression in winning at Ascot last month she is already favourite for next year's 1,000 Guineas. The Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (2.30) is another step up the ladder for the filly, who is up against another daughter of Frankel in Queen Kindly, but she looks more than a bit special.
Queen's Trust, who has made pleasing progress this season, is a value alternative to Found in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (3.40).
Aidan O'Brien's four-strong team is headed by Irish Oaks heroine Seventh Heaven and last year's Breeders' Cup Turf winner Found.
The Ballydoyle trainer said: "Seventh Heaven was very good at the Curragh and she's in good shape.
"Found is on the way back. She's come back after a good break and has done very well physically."
O'Brien also saddles Even Song, who disappointed in the Irish Oaks after landing the Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot, and Pretty Perfect.
Luca Cumani, who sent out Only Royale to land back-to-back victories in 1993-94, is double-handed with Koora and Loving Things.
He admits his pair face a stiff task and would have preferred a bit of cut in the ground.
"It's a very tough assignment," said the Newmarket trainer.
"They could have both done with a drop of rain, which we're not likely to get, but both are in good form and we go there hoping for the best."