Lumiere expected to light up the Knavesmire

Mark Johnston
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LUMIERE can light up day two of the Ebor Festival at York tomorrow and ignite Classic dreams for Middleham trainer Mark Johnston.

Tomorrow is ladies’ day on the Knavesmire when the equine fillies will strut their stuff in the card’s two features – the Lowther Stakes at 2.30pm and Yorkshire Oaks at 3.40pm.

The latter is the day two feature but all eyes in Yorkshire will be on Johnston’s Lowther jolly Lumiere who is already as short as 6-1 favourite for next year’s 1,000 Guineas after just one visit to the racecourse.

That visit came to Newmarket in July when grey filly Lumiere was a well-backed favourite before destroying her rivals to win by six lengths at racing’s headquarters.

Johnston, who trained Attraction to win the 1,000 Guineas in 2004, later admitted he was “dreaming she could be brilliant” and tomorrow comes the acid test.

Lumiere jumps straight from a class 4 maiden to a Group 2 race and she’ll need to be pretty special to see off solid fillies like Easton Angel and Besharah on just her second run.

But the likeable Johnston deserves another real good one and the William Buick-ridden Lumiere is napped as an 11-8 favourite in the hope for Yorkshire racing that she’s something special.

You’d certainly think she is judging by the words of jockey Russ Kennemore who rode the filly in a piece of work earlier this year and reported that Lumiere was the fastest thing he had ever sat on.

She’ll hopefully oblige on what could be a good day for the market leaders with Richmond Stakes runner-up Tasleet clearly setting the standard in the opener (1.55pm).

Covert Love also has the form to win the Yorkshire Oaks (3.40pm) and could cap a fine day for jockey Pat Smullen who has fine chances on Western Reserve (3.05pm) and Suffused (4.20pm).