Another busy one on ITV4 Saturday with eight races split between the meeting at York and Newbury.So let’s get straight to it and see if we can find some winners.
The coverage starts with a Group 3 over 1m 6f. MOONLIGHT SPIRIT can go to the front or sit close to Communique and in a small field but be the best to cope. Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick, my hope was outclassed and stayed in the Ascot Gold Cup last time, but he’s pretty useful at this level and trip and should take some stopping.
Next up is a tough handicap over an extended 1m 2f. EUCHEN GLEN loves this course and distance and just showed a glimmer of his old ability at Haydock last time. He’ll be a huge price here and probably still needs to come down the weights a few pounds. That said, he’s got the back class to have every chance and at huge prices I’ll have a bit on eachway for Jim Goldie and Paul Mulrennan.
Now we are in Listed company with the City Walls Stakes over 5f. EQUILATERAL has to give weight away to a few of these but he’s easily capable of winning this if on a going day. The selection makes a quick reappearance after not doing much in the July Cup last weekend, but his second in the King’s Stand Stakes reads well at this level. Big chance for Charlie Hills and James Doyle who gets on with the horse well.
And finally at York a handicap over 1m4f. Wide open heat. MAKE MY DAY could be chucked in here off 84 if he has improved a bit from last season. Trained by Ralph Beckett, Make My Day did well over a bit further to win his final start last term and has the pace for this kind of race. Rob Horny will probably ride him prominent from a good draw.
Meanwhile, ITV also has four races at Newbury.
We begin here with a Listed event over 6f for juveniles. This could be for the taking for METHOD who looked good on his only run and win to date. The Martyn Meade-trained youngster is the mount of Oisin Murphy, and romped home at Doncaster first time despite missing the break a little bit. Big chance to follow up.
Now a handicap over 1m. TOMORROW’S DREAM has gone up 8lb for his win at Chepstow last time but he’s well worth sticking with. Ironically Tom Marquand rode my hope at Chepstow, but it’s his other half Hollie Doyle who is on board here. A step up by 1f should be no problem at all for a horse who was doing all his best work at the end of his last race.
This is a Listed event over 1m 4f. SHAILENE is a bit of a character and will need to be nursed into this by Ryan Moore. That said, she likes Newbury and has every chance of being on the frame here for Andrew Balding at decent odds. I’ll back her each-way and hope she has one of her better afternoons. Forget her last run as she had no chance!
And finally a Group 3 for three year olds over 6f. THE TIN MAN has not been at his best recently but if he returns to form under Oisin Murphy he’s got every chance of scoring. His comeback run was probably needed at Ascot last time but this level is much more workable and he should give supporters of the James Fanshawe inmate a good run.
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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