We have four races for you at York and two at Ascot so let’s start up north.
Our opener is all about the speedsters and Caspian Prince is top of any list in that department. He will help set it up and you would expect a better showing from Poetry (6/1) after her good run at Sandown in receipt of the allowances As a three-year-old and a filly she gets the nod only just ahead of Copper Knight, who is probably a safer option but his price reflects that. I think the filly is the value each-way.
Gold Mount (2/1) made such an impressive return to these shores when winning here four weeks ago that he has to get the vote here. He was formerly known as Primitivo when racing for Alan King before going to Hong Kong. I loved the way he put that race to bed here and can get the better of Weekender.
I am sailing in choppy waters here as Rise Hall (9/4) gets the vote here on the back of a good second at Newmarket behind Setting Sail. That’s a decent bit of form and this son of Frankel gets the vote over Crownthorpe.
The John Smiths Diamond jubilee cup has been going for some time and it has a decent-sized field with Paddy paying places here. The two I like in here are Setting Sail (8/1) who just got very unbalanced when beaten by Mountain Angel at Epsom and I think he will thrive at this track after a good win at Newmarket last time.
What’s The Story (16/1) was so impressive at this track that he has to get a mention just 4lbs higher than his win at the track over short of a mile. He’s upping the trip but I am willing to give this lad a chance at it. Affak was good at Royal Ascot but up in trip and different ground won’t make things easy.
Royal Birth (12/1) has won off a mark higher this at Ascot and yes I know a lot of his best runs have been on the all-weather, but I find myself drawn to him with only 8st 5lb on his back. A good second to Tropics last time, he could run well at a decent price.
Accidental Agent (6/1) let us down badly last time when refusing to race, but I am hoping for less drama on Saturday as it should not be so jam-packed with crowds and he may just relent and run to his best. If he does he can win this.
And as always, good luck!