Jason Weaver: Setting Sail is an 8/1 group horse masquerading as a handicapper at York

To Newmarket and York we go ladies and gents. Some tasty odds as well


York: 2:05pm – Poetry @ 8/1

Poetry was really unlucky last time in the coral charge at Sandown, she was held up at the back of the pack and started to make a move from halfway and towards the furlong marker she ran out of room late on, this race is loaded with natural front runners and it should suit her hold up tactics as she can be played fast and late by young David Egan.

York: 2:40pm – Raheen House @ 11/4

Raheen House has to turn the film around by 2 1/4 lengths with the top horse Gold Mount so on the face of it has quite a bit to do, however, I was lucky enough to be in the panic when the selection ran last time and he was carrying just about as much condition as myself!! Given he will strip much fitter this time he can turn the tables on the favourite and rubberstamp what could be a great day for Jamie Spencer at York.

York: 3:15pm – Escobar @ 9/4

Escobar ran an absolute blinder at Sandown when he bumped into the handicap good thing Mojito. That form should not be underestimated as the winner is very highly thought of. This flatter galloping track should help him last out the mile distance and can provide the middle leg of a treble for Jamie Spencer.

York: 3:50pm – Setting Sail @ 8/1

In this type of handicap you need to be a group horse masquerading as a handicapper and we have found just that. He’s only the price he is because he is drawn out in the car park in 2 but, he’s won three of his six races to date and is now perched on a triple-digit rating of 100. He can collect this massive pot of money before going on to better-graded contests.

Newmarket: 2:20 – Honest Albert @ 11/8

Brings in a perfect two front two and looked really good last time out when easing to the front at the furlong marker and scooting away at Nottingham. He’s going to be short but looks the cornerstone for many an accumulator up and down the country with the red-hot Frankie Dettori booked.

Newmarket: 2:55pm – Juan Elcano @ 13/2

It took an absolute age for the penny to drop when he made a winning debut at Haydock. He will be much more streetwise this time around and also quicker conditions should prove no problem to him. The race is full of improvers but this 360,000g runner from the top stable has any amount of improvement in him and the fact his trainer decides to go down this route on only his second start speaks volumes about his ability.

Newmarket: 3:30pm – Ripp Orf @ 14/1

The stable has been really quiet but has only had a handful of runners recently so it’s tough to gauge. There is no doubting he is a quality handler and this inmate has dropped down back to a realistic mark. Gerald Mosse  takes the ride for the first time and at around the 14/1 that Paddy is offering he looks a cracking each-way bet in the cavalry charge.

Newmarket: 4:40pm – Pretty Pollyanna @ 16/1

She was a top-class two-year-old and I feel a little sorry for her as the last three times she has been asked the wrong question by racing over too far on three occasions, all of them in extremely tough company. Three-year-olds have won three of the last four renewals of this contest and again she looks completely overlooked as far as the market is concerned and for that reason at double-digit odds, she’s a massive each-way play in the Darley July Cup.

Jason Weavers Selections:

York 2.05pm – Poetry @ 9/1
York 2.40pm – Raheen House @ 11/4
York 3:15pm – Escobar @ 9/4
York 3:50pm – Setting Sail @ 8/1
Newmarket 2.20pm – Honest Albert @ 11/8
Newmarket 2.55pm – Juan Elcano @ 13/2
Newmarket 3.30pm – Ripp Orf @ 14/1
Newmarket: 4:40pm – Pretty Pollyanna @ 16/1

*All odds correct at time of posting

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