The York Dante meeting concludes this afternoon and we've run the rule over the four races shown live on Channel 4.
A fantastic three days of racing on the Knavesmire concludes this afternoon with the feature Yorkshire Cup one of four races being shown live on Channel 4.
2.10: Langleys Solicitors EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes, 5f
None of these have run in Pattern company before but six have winning form to their name, and the rest (bar the unraced White Bullet) have shown considerable promise. It’s a tough one to work out and there isn’t a great deal of confidence behind the selection LIL’S JOY. She didn’t shown much on her debut on the all-weather in March but much better was to come at Nottingham on her next start, her first outing for Giles Bravery, as she found only the speedy Kept Under Wraps too good, keeping on to be beaten just half a length. By Lilbourne Lad, who was a high-class juvenile for Richard Hannon, finishing second in the Gimcrack Stakes here, she may well be good good enough to land this and her stable is in form with three winners and three seconds in the last fortnight from a handful of runners. The 14/1 on offer at bet365 is not to be sniffed at either.
2.40: Betway Jorvik Stakes (Handicap), 1m4f
This isn’t much easier and TOP TUG is the selection based more on his trainer Sir Michael Stoute than anything else. The Newmarket handler has won the last two runnings of this race with Sir John Hawkwood (2013) and Arab Spring last year. The latter turned out to be Group class and I doubt his stablemate will turn out to be quite so good. That said, he’s lightly-raced after just seven starts, winning twice, and he would have found the ground too firm on his reappearance at Newmarket. He’s reportedly been working well at home since and has given the impression he’ll be suited by this longer trip – we’ll find out later and the available 9/2 (bet365) is just about big enough to warrant a bet.
The other one that caught my eye was Mark Johnston’s NOTARISED who is a gutsy front-running sort and wasn’t beaten far into third at Hamilton last time. He’s each-way material at bet365’s 14/1.
3.15: Betway Yorkshire Cup (British Champions Series), 1m6f
Talking of Arab Spring, he had ROMSDAL behind in third when winning last month’s Group 3 John Porter at Newbury and that horse is a strong in this afternoon’s feature on the Knavesmire. John Gosden’s colt showed top class form at three, with placed efforts in the Derby (third to Australia) and St Leger (second to Kingston Hill) to his name, and he perhaps paid the price for setting only a modest gallop in the 1m4f John Porter, given the way he was closing again at the line. Today’s longer trip and more galloping track should suit him down to the ground and his trainer is having a fine meeting with three winners, including a 1-2 in the Dante.
With Snow Sky held on St Leger form and likely to need his comeback run, the biggest danger looks to be Dubai Gold Cup Brown Panther. The 4lb he has to concede the selection, a 9/4 shot with bet365, might prove decisive.
Longines Irish Champions Weekend Fillies’ Stakes, 1m
I’m making no apologies for siding with another Gosden-trained inmate here in the shape of YASMEEN (11/4 Boylesports), who is a daughter of Sea The Stars and has clearly inherited plenty of his ability given the way she dispatched 16 rivals on her racecourse debut over 7f at Newbury last month. Today’s extra furlong and more galloping track should see her in an even better light and, while she’s the least experienced runner in the field, she looks classy enough to cope and justify her entry in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Godolphin’s Sperry showed a likeable attitude when landing a similar contest at Ascot on her reappearance at Ascot last month and rates the main threat on that evidence.
Punters should be aware that bet365 are running their popular Channel 4/1 offer. Back a winner at 4/1 or bigger in any of the four Channel 4-televised races and they will give you a free bet to the same stake (up to £50) on the next race shown live on Channel 4. If that also wins at 4/1 or bigger, get another free bet and so on.
Good luck with your York bets!