Mick Fitzgerald: I’m seeing Red at York on Friday

Fitzy gives us the lowdown on where he thinks the money should be going...


Red is not usually my favourite colour, but in the First Race Special Handicap (1.55) it is. Paul Mulrennan is flying high in the jockeys table and he’s a good booking for our each-way selection Amazing Red, a good winner on the soft at Newmarket last time. The ground should be no problem; even if it dries right out we have form on quicker surfaces

He is a brother to globetrotting Red Cadeaux and could still be handicapped to win. The obvious danger is Red Galileo who ran a great race at Ascot last time.

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In the Lonsdale cup stakes (2.25) I think it there could well be a royal winner. Dartmouth made hard work of it last time but I’m convinced he’s better than that. He’s won a Yorkshire Cup here and is versatile in terms of the ground. Thomas Hobson, who has been talked about as a Melbourne Cup contender, is the obvious danger.

Initially, I was quite keen on course and distance winner So Beloved in the City of York Stakes (3.00), but the only thing putting me off is the fact stable jockey Danny Tudhope rides Suedois.

Danny is a good judge and I’m going with him here.

Some of Suedois’ form is strong and is certainly good enough for this.

Meanwhile, what a contest we have in the Nunthorpe Stakes (3.35). I’m looking at Lady Aurelia, who brought the house down at Royal Ascot against Battaash, the new sprint sensation. If the ground keeps drying it will help the Lady, but Battaash is so fast that he broke the track record at Sandown, doing the 5f in 58 sec!

Still, I have to go with lady Aurelia on a track that is made for her.

Profitable is the each-way pick.

The market is always the best guide to races such as the 4.15 Maiden, as the unraced horses are a guessing game. Just because a horse cost a fortune doesn’t mean it’s a good one.

Sam Gold is an interesting newcomer, and is related to Dabyah. The top yards are represented too with Sir Michael Stoute’s Gabr, who will have lots of fans after a decent second-place first time up.

Looking now at the Nationwide Accident Repair Handicap, Luca Cumani is having a really good run at the moment and his La Rav is a progressive 3-year-old.

He can race handily which could allow him to dictate matters at this track.

I am not giving up on Kings Gift, and he is the other option in this.

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What do you think?