Ruby’s York tips
This is a solid Group 2 contest and I think it could be tailor-made for One Master.
He just got back up to beat a good mare of Jessica Harrington’s Valeria Messalina at Goodwood and York should be much more straightforward. Having won the last day – I can see him winning again.
The trip to York for the featured race won’t worry True Self. She wouldn’t want any more rain, but not many of the Ebor runners would. It’s very competitive with impressive Royal Ascot winner Fujaira Prince and William Haggas’ Pablo Escobar in there.
I like True Self’s chances. Jason Watson rides and he’s already won a Cesarewitch for Willie on Stratum, so hopefully that’s a good omen. She’s an each-way price still and she wears a tongue-tie for the first time. That’s bringing a bit of improvement in her homework so I hope she can transfer that to the track. The 1m 6f trip is as far as she wants and she’s in really, really, good form at home. There won’t be too many excuses for her not to run a big race.
Ruby’s Killarney tips
Willie Mullins runs Fan De Blues in the 2m 1f Beginners Chase. He’s had plenty of runs over fences and has a mark of 131. He ran well at Galway when third to Nibblers Charm in a handicap hurdle. We think he’s improved for that run and he’s a really good jumper, so fences should bring about more improvement in him.
Obviously, it’s a competitive race where the four-year-old, A Wave of the Sea, who was a Grade One-winning juvenile hurdler, runs off bottom weight.
Fan Des Blues has plenty of experience though and could take a bit of pegging back around Killarney.
Gordon Elliott’s Galvin sets the standard in the 2m 4f Novice Chase where Willie Mullins runs the previous course winner La Sorelita who won over fences here last month. She looks in good form at home but would have to improve considerably to get up to Galvin’s level.
Galvin was well fancied for the Galway Plate but didn’t get the runs of the race and on all known form is better than La Sorelita.
Willie Mullins has three runners in the 2m 4f Handicap Chase namely, Robin Des Foret, Livelovelaugh and Blazer. Paul Townend has opted for Robin Des Foret who hasn’t won for a while and is a notoriously weak finisher in his races over any distance. The trip could be sharp enough for Blazer and I’m a little surprised Paul didn’t go for Livelovelaugh is in good form and 2m 4f around this track will suit him.
He’s a brilliant jumper who attacks his fences and the first two obstacles down the back straight at Killarney are vital. He could be up there all the way and prove difficult to catch. Fan Des Blues looks like the year’s best chance on Saturday but Livelovelaugh should run a good race too.
Ruby’s Saturday fancies
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Matt Chapman’s 9 to shine at Sandown and York
Jason Weaver’s pick of the punts for Saturday’s Sandown and York racing