Mick Fitzgerald’s Horse Racing Tips:
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York’s Dante meeting has a rich history of providing classic winners. Desert Crown won the Dante last year and went on and won the Derby for Sir Michael Stoute. Will we get more of the same this year?
William Haggas is doubly represented in this contest and I have gone for the first jockey’s pick, LA YAKEL. This son of Time Test won a decent handicap at Ascot in the autumn last year. He is only 5lb higher than that now. Haggas has a great record with horses he has given time to develop and I see this lad as another one of those.
Tasman Bay is interesting with a tongue tie. First time he finished a good second in the King Edward at Ascot a couple of years ago and was highly regarded by Sir Mark Todd. Now, having his first run for William, keep an eye on the market for a move.
Kevin Ryan has a few in this sprint and it is interesting that he has decided to claim off my selection, ALEEZDANCER. He won nicely at Doncaster but then disappointed on his next start. This son of Fast Company has run well at the track previously and his draw in six is fine. His young rider, Curtis Wilson-Ruddock, taking 7lbs off has to be a help.
Bielsa is drawn on the other side and catches the eye also for the same trainer.
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This Australian trained son of Zoustar, THE ASTROLOGIST, got beaten a head in a Group 1 in Dubai. That is strong form. This horse has won £1.3m in prize money – an eyewatering amount – for this eight-time winner who is being aimed at Royal Ascot. He will surely improve for this outing, but this real speedster could have too many guns for the home team.
Highfield Princess has been a superstar for owner John Fairley and she herself has amassed over £1m in prize money. She loves this track as she showed when winning this contest last year and you cannot rule her out.
EMPRESS WU is a fascinating runner for David Simcock. She was super impressive at Lingfield and fits in to the ‘could be anything’ category. I feel this contest is wide open and I am willing to take a punt on her as the trainer has done really well with his horses from Kirsten Rausing.
Lambada is another one of the offspring of Dubawi running for the Coolmore team, and it’s hard not to be impressed with what she did at Gowran Park. She has obviously taken some time to find herself, but it is interesting that Aidan O’Brien is sending her over here for a race like this.
I was very taken with this son of Kodiac last season. RAMAZAN has been gelded over the winter and I feel there is much more to come from him.
He finished the race off really well at the Curragh and I think with the winter on his back – plus the gelding operation – seven furlongs here should be absolutely fine for him.
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