This won’t take much explaining as Logician is bidding to maintain his 100 per cent record and should not be hard pushed to do so around a venue that is bound to suit. This is a case of point-and-shoot for the jockey, Martin Harley.
Burning Cash was arguably very unlucky at Doncaster last time when it came to the business end, where he was short of room at the furlong marker. He did incredibly well to get going again and finish fourth. He had previously been beaten at short odds under soft conditions at Hamilton and he does come with a little bit of a weather warning, if the ground is very soft.
Being chalk-based ground at Newmarket, it dries very quickly and it looks like clearing up slightly for the weekend. He is an each-way play if it’s not very testing ground.
I’m hoping YOUNG FIRE is going to be as effective over the mile, as he does seem to be a little bit of a 7-furlong specialist. However, there is some French winning form that he has over a 1m 1f – which gives me hope.
Also in that French form he was behind a very good horse in Skalleti, who you will have seen winning at a very high level on Arc weekend. He wasn’t disgraced beaten four lengths in the Ayr Gold Cup last time and the rhythm of the race should suit better. Young Fire is well drawn and the ground conditions should be fine.
THANK YOU NEXT has put together some very consistent performances and also has visited the winner’s enclosure on a couple of occasions. Her last effort in the flying Scotsman at Doncaster was an absolute cracker, as the action was starting on the far side of the track as she was busy getting into a bumping match to get clear daylight.
Considering that, she ran an absolute blinder staying on behind some very decent performers who have boosted the form since. In the ratings she has a good bit to find, but she represents value as an each-way punt.
ZEEBAND was still very green and babyish when managing to win at Ripon and still showed his inexperience when getting the better of a ding-dong battle at Thirsk last time. He looks to have got off very lightly with just a 5lb rise in the handicap and it seems for all the world as if the step up in distance is going to suit him.
Favourite Moon looked a different proposition with the tongue tie added last time, but he has taken a good hike in the ratings and won’t find this as easy as the company last time. Zeeband has the potential to get up into a triple digits rating and he is perched very nicely on a mark of just 85.
DAAHYEH was a fantastic performer last season winning at this venue on her racecourse debut and finishing a clear second at the Royal meeting afterwards. She continued to progress through the ranks, rounding off with a fantastic – and maybe a touch unlucky second – in the Breeder’s Cup at Santa Anita.
She was on the sidelines with a minor injury and now reappears 343 days after we last saw her. Reports are that she is working well for her return and she could prove too classy for these runners.
ZABEEL QUEEN looked fantastic when winning on her racecourse debut at Ascot over 7 furlongs in emphatic fashion. She was then was stepped up dramatically in company for her second start at Doncaster and comes out of that race with a huge amount of credit.
She couldn’t find any cover in the early stages and was racing sideways, being particularly keen for the first quarter mile. Surprisingly, she still managed to finish off with a solid third placed effort and re-opposes the front two who beat her last time. However, both of those had a much better run through the contest and given a better passage this time, she represents value and can sink the Irish raiders.
LUNCIES made his debut very early in the season on the all-weather at Lingfield and was very impressive. His second start was a complete throw-out, when he stepped onto the turf at Newmarket behind a future French Derby winner in Mishriff.
Connections did right by their horse and he wasn’t seen out again until September, where he put up a smart performance on the turf at Haydock, winning comfortably. He then rubber-stamped his pedigree as a half-brother to Watersmeet, when winning again on the all-weather at Kempton.
Back on the turf will prove no barrier to success and his trainers Simon & Ed Crisford can be rewarded for their patience.
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13:35 York – Logician
13:50 Newmarket – Burning Cash
14:05 York – Young Fire
14:25 Newmarket – Thank You Next
14:40 York – Zeeband
15:00 Newmarket – Daahyeh
15:35 Newmarket – Zabeel Queen
16:10 Newmarket – Luncies
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