There’s a bonanza of weekend racing on ITV and York & Newbury take centre-stage on Saturday.
Method was strong in the betting for his debut at Doncaster and delivered in style, but this 6f contest is tougher. Kraken Power was a easy winner at Hamilton and he has the scope to be a real improver, while Bowman won nicely at Lingfield.
I was really keen on Mighty Gurkha at Royal Ascot, but he got himself worked up before the race and that is a concern. This 6f trip should suit him better and at the prices I’m preferred to give him the benefit of doubt. This is a home game for him too as he is stabled a few miles from the track.
Selection: Mighty Gurka
The John Smith’s Cup is one of the most competitive handicaps in the calendar but Fifth Position can run a massive race. He won nicely at Doncaster last time out and only went up 5lbs for winning.
Before that he was third to Sir Busker and Dark Vision at Newcastle and both went on to win at Royal Ascot, so the form is really strong. Afaak was fifth in this contest last year and is now 3lb lower in the handicap. Now. He was seventh to Dark Vision in the Royal Hunt Cup on debut and could run a big race again.
Selection: Fifth Position
Tomorrow’s Dream scored easily at Chepstow but she didn’t get going until late on and should be happier on this track and with the extra furlong in her favour.
However, Graceful Magic beat recent Falmouth Stakes winner Rose of Kildare last season. She was unplaced in the 1.000 Guineas earlier this season, but wouldn’t be the first filly to bounce back from a defeat in that Classic. Her form is decent.
Selection: Graceful Magic
The 1m 4f Aphrodite Fillies Stakes has been won by some nice fillies over the years including Dar Re Mi, and Henry Candy’s La Lune looks a decent prospect.
She looked rusty over 12f at Pontefract on seasonal debut and should be a lot sharper for that now. Virgin Snow has obvious claims after a cosy win at Haydock and then backed that up with a good run at Newcastle.
Lady G is lurking at the bottom of the weights and this three-year-old filly was third to Majestic Noor and Katana at Yarmouth and both the winner and the runner-up have won again since. She’s certainly place material but La Lune should be better for her comeback run.
Selection: La Lune
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