Horse Racing tips: Matt Chapman’s Friday fancies on ITV Racing

Day 3 of York's four-day fiesta and @MCYeeehaaa is ready to dive right in.

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13:50 – Mahrajaan (each way)

ITV Friday gets under way here with a heritage handicap over 1m4f and this is the first race in Paddy’s Pick 5 competition on Friday. The big question is whether MAHRAJAAN reacts kindly to cheekpieces being fitted for the first time. When you go through his form, there are clear signs that he has not been putting it all in. So while it’s frustrating he’s up in the handicap for a recent defeat, it might just be he’s good enough for this if going through with the effort. Having raced up to a mile and three-quarters, there is clearly no issue with stamina. Hopefully gives William Haggas and Jim Crowley a big eachway chance.

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14:25 – Trueshan

This is the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup over an extended 2m. It looks a straight match between Stradivarius and TRUESHAN. While of course the crowd will be supporting the former, unbeaten in six starts at York, I can’t help but feel the latter is the one to be with, even if there hasn’t been that much rain. Trueshan was only just behind Stradivarius at Goodwood last time, and I suspect the ride Hollie Doyle gave him, while inspirational, probably led to his defeat. This speed favouring track will suit a click of Stradivarius, and I just think Trueshan is now the better horse. Good luck to Alan King.

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15:00 – Royal Scotsman

A big race for the youngsters now in the Gimcrack, a Group 2 over 6f. ROYAL SCOTSMAN looked a machine in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood having been a fine third in the Coventry at Royal Ascot. Obviously many of these are open to all sorts of improvement, and only a fool would be dogmatic. That said, I fully expect the Paul and Oli Cole runner to come out on top under Jim Crowley. They are going to be very hard to beat.

15:35 – Highfield Princess (each way)

The feature of the day in the Group 1 Nunthorpe over 5f. Royal Aclaim may well be the sprinting star we have all been waiting to see and I’m not going to put any of you off backing her. That said, I don’t see how her form allows her to be such a hot favourite and will have a few quid eachway on the terrific HIGHFIELD PRINCESS. My selection loves York, and while it’s easy to argue best distances are either six furlongs or seven furlongs she does have plenty of pace. Last time she was brilliant over six and a half in the Prix Maurice de Gheest in France and anyone against her will know they have had a race provided this doesn’t come a little too soon after that massive victory. John Quinn trains with Jason Hart on top.

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16:10 – Amanzoe

A heritage handicap for fillies and mares over an extended 1m2f. AMANZOE bolted up at Ascot last time and can defy a small rise in the weights. She looks a real improver for William Haggas and Tom Marquand and I can’t look beyond her. Surely very hard to beat.

So best of luck and pray for Yeeehaaas. You hear me Paddy?

Matt Chapman’s Friday York bets:

13:50 – Mahrajaan (each way)
14:25 – Trueshan
15:00 – Royal Scotsman
15:35 – Highfield Princess (each way)
16:10 – Amanzoe

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