Mick Fitzgerald: It’ll be no miracle if this Angel wins at York on Thursday

Mick Fitz makes his picks for an exciting day's racing...


The great thing about York is that you get a bit of everything: from top-class stayers to potential superstars and highly valuable 2-year-old races that favour the cheaply bought horses.

We kick off with the Goffs Premier Yearling Conditions Stakes, and it would not be a surprise to see De Bruyne Horse bounce back to the form that showed him winning at Epsom. He does have to give weight away but Tiggy Wiggy for the same team seemed to manage that pretty well a few years ago. I am a fan of Richard Fahey’s horse Great Prospector, and he should also be there or thereabouts.

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The Lowther is a cracker and it has real interest with Happy Like a Fool running for Wesley Ward. William Haggas loves a winner at York and I find myself drawn to his filly by Scat Daddy, Special Purpose. I liked the way she won at Beverley and the Daddy’s progeny love quicker ground. Along with the fact that William has won this race a few times with good fillies, this makes me look at her form again.

Threading was so impressive at Goodwood.

She’s a big filly, and has the size and scope to improve on her surprisingly easy win.

The Yorkshire oaks makes it hard to look past the favourite Enable here, but Queens Trust will be ridden to finish well and that may help her nick second-spot.

The Galtres stakes is named in honour of the late great Sir Henry Cecil, and who could ever forget those days at York when Frankel literally brought the house down?

It would be fitting if Mori won this race in the famous colours of Khalid Abdullah.

The last race on Thursday is a tough fillies handicap, and Acadian Angel at the foot of the weights catches the eye. She was a comfy winner at Doncaster and she sets a good standard here. Caridade for in form trainer Kevin Ryan could be the alternative.

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