No rest for the wicked they say, and I’m staying up at York on Sunday to cover six races for ITV, split between Cartmel over jumps and on the Flat at Sandown.
After a busy week at York let’s see if we can bang in a few winners elsewhere.
A handicap hurdle to start us off over 2m1f. GLAN Y GORS won well at this track last time for David Thompson and could easily go in again. He is up 7lb for the success, but is lightly raced and clearly in great shape.
Now a handicap chase over an extended 2m1f. NORTHERN BEAU has a Cheltenham success to her name and if ready after some time off could go very close here for Michael Scudamore. The seven-year-old probably found the trip too far when last seen and conditions are ideal here. Brendan Powell takes the ride.
That’s it for the jumps fans, but there are four races to consider at Sandown.
A handicap here over 5f. DAVE DEXTER returned to form at Chepstow last time and will love any juice in the ground. Trained by Ralph Beckett and ridden by Harry Bentley, my selection has a good draw and has only gone up 3lb for that recent success so has every chance again in a tough heat.
Handicap company once again but this time over 1m2f. The Owen Burrows team is in great shape and MURAAD could be another for them from a good draw. Ridden by Jim Crowley who dominated York, Muraad won well at Goodwood last time and should cope with a slightly longer trip. He might be a cut above this lot.
Now a Group 3 over 1m in the Atalanta Stakes for fillies and mares. There are lots of hold up horses at the top of the market here so I am going for an upset in the shape of ROMOLA who might race close to the pace and is worth a few quid eachway. On ratings the Sir Michael Stoute-trained inmate is not good enough, but she’s honest and won’t be easy to pass off a slow gallop. Quadrilateral I loved as a juvenile but she has looked very iffy this year. Obviously she could bounce back at anytime.
And finally the Group 3 Solario for youngsters over 7f. Not a great betting race with only seven runners, but KING VEGA travelled well on his debut and might have more to offer for Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy. The son of Lope de Vega won’t mind any dig in the ground and cost 350,000gns so should be able to race a bit!
So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?
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