Paddy Power ‘Here For The Craic’ Handicap tips and runner-by-runner guide to Wednesday’s 4.10 at York

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We’re sponsoring a lorry load of races at this week’s Dante Festival at York – and the progressive Samburu is the favourite to score in the Paddy Power ‘Here For The Craic’ Handicap.


John & Thady Gosden’s charge is two from two but Wednesday’s 4.10pm at York represents a significant hike in class as the Kingsman colt takes on 10 rivals. You’ll find our runner-by-runner guide and tips from Paddy’s pals below.

Paddy Power ‘Here For The Craic’ Handicap runners


Trainer: John & Thady Gosden Jockey: Frankie Dettori Age: 3 Weight: 9st 9lbs Draw: 4

Kingman colt who is 2-2 in novices over this trip, still showing signs of greenness but readily enough on top on his recent Salisbury reappearance. Definitely more to come and a mark in the 80s probably underestimates his ability (entered in Group 1 at Royal Ascot).


Trainer: Richard Hannon Jockey: Sean Levey Age: 3 Weight: 9st 9lbs Draw: 7

Had Cachet behind her when landing a 6f Newmarket listed last June but she’s been unable to go on from that, finishing well held in a 6f Newmarket handicap on last month’s reappearance.


Trainer: David Loughnane Jockey: William Buick Age: 3 Weight: 9st 9lbs Draw: 8

Back to form with a bang when going down only narrowly in 6f Doncaster handicap (good to firm) last month. Back up in trip. William Buick won a handicap for the stable at Chester last week.

Snooze N You Lose

Trainer: K. R. Burke Jockey: Clifford Lee Age: 3 Weight: 9st 8lbs Draw: 11

Left debut effort well behind when beating a subsequent winner in Nottingham maiden in August. Struggled at Group 3/listed level in the autumn but more chance with sights lowered on return. Yard going well.

Another Investment

Trainer: Nigel Tinkler Jockey: Rowan Scott Age: 3 Weight: 9st 2lbs Draw: 2

Won 10-runner course novice (6f), good) last September but well behind the reopposing Mojomaker on his Doncaster return 19 days ago. Needs to have come on a lot.


Trainer: David Loughnane Jockey: Rossa Ryan Age: 3 Weight: 9st 1lbs Draw: 9

Much improved when comfortably taking 7f novice at Wolverhampton in March. Creditable fourth of 7 in 7f Newbury handicap since but it underlines that he needs a bit more from this sort of mark.

Fast And Loose

Trainer: Kevin Ryan Jockey: Tom Eaves Age: 3 Weight: 9st 1lbs Draw: 3

Improved when going down by only a neck in 6f Pontefract novice (heavy) 36 days ago. Steps back up in trip for handicap debut. Strikes as one who should have more to offer.

The Cookstown Cafu

Trainer: Kevin Ryan Jockey: Kevin Stott Age: 3 Weight: 9st 0lbs Draw: 5

From a good family and showed plenty of ability when reaching the frame in maiden/novice events last autumn (C&D latterly). One of 2 handicap newcomers from the stable. Betting should help to separate them.

Code Purple

Trainer: Ben Haslam Jockey: Andrew Mullen Age: 3 Weight: 8st 11lbs Draw: 10

Ribchester colt who was awarded a 7f Musselburgh novice last month after suffering bad interference around 1f out. Has shown the odd quirk but he does have the potential for better again now handicapping.

Matty Too

Trainer: Tim Easterby Jockey: Duran Fentiman Age: 3 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 6

Pair of 6f nursery wins last year. Will likely be sharper for his recent Beverley reappearance but probably vulnerable to less-exposed sorts in this line-up.

Ha Long Bay

Trainer: Adrian Keatley Jockey: Joanna Mason Age: 3 Weight: 8st 7lbs Draw: 1

Has returned an improved performer, winning handicaps at Catterick (7f) and Redcar (1m) last month. Those were Class 6 events, though, so this represents a fairly big step up in grade.

Paddy Power ‘Here For The Craic’ Handicap tips

Matt Chapman: SAMBURU could easily be a class above this lot. Trained by the Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, the son of Kingman has scored at both Yarmouth and Salisbury, keeping on well last time over this trip to see off a horse who went on to run all right at Ascot. A mark of 88 might well be lenient.

Rory Delargy: Samburu’s form is far from red hot and I’ve got major doubts about him. He’s bound to improve and he could win but I’m siding with MOJOMAKER for for William Buick and David Loughnane. He’s a solid performer for an underrated stable. His horses frequently under bet. The Buick booking is solid and he stays 7f.

Racing Post: Samburu, for the Gosden yard, holds obvious claims but THE COOKSTOWN CAFU and Fast And Loose are two interesting alternatives from the Kevin Ryan stable. The Cookstown Cafu’s final 2yo effort has subsequently been well boosted by the winner who now has a mark of 90, while Fast And Loose has a similarly solid look to him. Mojomaker completes the shortlist.

Timeform: A race which to some extent revolves around Group 1 entered SAMBURU who has the potential to be a cut above this 0-90 level and is taken to remain unbeaten. There should be more to come from Fast And Loose now handicapping so he’s feared most ahead of Doncaster runner-up Mojomaker.

Ruby Walsh: I’m with MOJOMAKER for William Buick and David Loughnane. He could have nabbed Al Barez at the line at Doncaster last month after getting going late on. He was only beaten a nose and going up in trip will really suit him.

Jason Weaver: As of yet, SAMBURU has not been fully extended in his races to get the job done including when carrying the 7lb penalty at Salisbury last time. He was still very raw and was looking all over the place but was well on top at the finish. This suggests we could see a pretty explosive display from him off a lowly looking rating of 88 now he tries handicapping. Who knows where his handicapping ceiling may be?



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