888SPORT STAKES (Handicap) (CLASS 2) 1m 2f 88y
Last years runner up Master of Finance comes into this off a 7lb higher mark, there will be questions over the ground this afternoon, but De Sousa is booked again and could defy the penalty from his Pontefract success. Right at the bottom of the weights is Nayel, he will be representing a yard that has come to hand at the right time.
His three year old campaign saw him notch up two wins in Class 5 and Class 4 company which also saw him beat a subsequent winner in Light and Shade by three parts of a length at Nottingham, if the over night rain has not got into the ground he definitely be a lively player in this, but he will have to produce a careers best, but is lightly raced.
There has been a lot of money around this morning for Hugo Palmer’s Spanish Squeeze, with a two year old campaign behind him that saw him pick up a maiden on the all weather, he has ran creditable enough as a three year old to put him in the mix here.He has since been gelded, and will have to bounce back after three defeats last season, but for me does look well handicapped on what he has run against.
My selection for this is an over priced OFF ART for Tim Easterby, despite finishing behind Hit The Jackpot at Doncaster, he has shown a consistent level of form off his current mark of 95, second here last October over course and distance when 4lb lower, he looks well drawn in Stall three to be seriously involved.
OFF ART : £10 each way @ 12/1 (BOG)
INFINITY TYRES STAKES (Handicap) (CLASS 2) 6f
Hoof It is becoming so long in the tooth now at the age of nine, and we would have to go back to September of last year when he won at Doncaster on good ground when off a 2lb lower mark. He does not win that often, in fact the Doncaster win was his first in four years so not that reliable. Tim Easterby runs an interesting one here in See The Sun, who after four unplaced runs finally got his head in front at Doncaster on soft ground. Being only a five year old the should be more to come, he is 5lb lower than his highest rating last season and if bouncing back again can mix it.
Kevin Ryan seems to pop up now and again with his well handicapped horses, and FLAMING SPEAR is no exception. Winner of his only juvenile run his transition saw him jumped up to pattern company, finishing a long way back in the French 2000 Guineas and last in the Greenham Stakes.
He finished fifth over a mile and a quarter on his last start last season, but was in top company such as Grendisar and Fire Fighting. His first start saw him beaten on the all weather at Chelmsford when off his current mark, but he looked in need of the run that day and the trip was all wrong.
Interesting now they drop him back to sprinting, and I think he could be very well in off his current mark of 99 this afternoon, looks to be bred for speed despite his sire Loup De Vega winning over much further. One at a price could be GLEN MOSS, Michael Dod’s seven year old has showed a level of form and consistency over the past two seasons around marks of 100+, he has not got his head in front since 2014, but did run well on his last visit to York when third in the City of York Stakes over seven furlongs, drops down to six at the course this afternoon and is reasonably rated to go well.
FLAMING SPEAR : £10 Win @ 6/1 (BOG)
Glen Moss : £5 each way @ 18/1 (BOG)
DUKE OF YORK CLIPPER LOGISTICS STAKES (Group 2) 6f
Magical Memory will be attempting to make it five wins from seven when he takes on a competitive field. The son of Zebedee has been an impressive sprinter over the past year notching up wins in the Betfred Mobile, Stewards Cup and this year was very impressive when landing the Abernant Stakes at Newmarket.
He has a serious cruising speed, and eases into races comfortably, he hold s Mattmu on their previous encounter off level weights and they meet once more off the same. He is probably many a punters banker of the day, but I am going to try and get him beat. Mattmu will have to pull out all the stops to reverse the form with Magical Memory this afternoon and even though he has not a penalty to over come, it is looking that he could be a place pot banker in this.
One that I think could get the run of the race is DANZENO, he was beaten convincingly by See The Sun over course and distance on his last visit, and it will be interesting to see how See The Sun runs in the race prior, but he finished off last season when third to the very smart Muharaar on Champions Day at Ascot last season, showing most of his late work coming home he had Twilight Son one and a half lengths in front of him that day when giving a pound at the weights, this time around he gets a 4lb pull for just over a length and should be on the premises from a reasonable draw.
Twilight Son has done nothing wrong, and the son of Kyllachy is bred purely for speed, he lost his unbeaten sequence to Muharaar which is not shabby form, but will have to step up here giving weight all round to some useful sprinters.
DANZENO : £10 each way @ 15/2 (BOG)
TATTERSALLS MUSIDORA STAKES (Group 3) (Fillies) 1m 2f 88y
A good trial for this years upper coming Oaks, all the rage here is John Gosden’s filly So Mi Mar. She is the half sister to Rewilding and after her Derby Trial win at Epsom last month the form has been strong, with the runner up Humphrey Bogart recently ,landing the Derby trials at Lingfield, and the third Viren’s Army springing a surprise when beating Derby hope Linquistic in the Dee Stakes last weekend. She is odds on to take this race, but I feel she has to step up to win this race this afternoon and will not have it all her own way.
Two i feel can trouble her, Mark Johnston’s Fireglow and Richard Hannon’s LIGHT UP OUR WORLD. Fireglow went into my tracker after her staying on fourth in the 1000 Guineas, it took a while for the penny to drop, but once she hit the rising ground she stayed on all the way to the line to be defeated by four lengths. Mark Johnston has not really had a serious Oaks contender, in fact he has never won the race, and depending how well she runs here if this will be the route she takes after this trial.
At a massive price I am hoping Richard Hannon’s filly Light Up My World can spring a shock win over these, or even run into a promising place. Hannon is another top trainer that has not managed to win the Oaks, and his Zoffany off spring was I thought slightly disappointing at Ascot last month when only finishing third of five runners. She is only a maiden winner and probably out of her depth here, but you have to be in it to see what you have for the future.
She was competing in pattern company as a juvenile with out success and is looks also rated a bit too high around 102 on what she has shown, hence why she has a 40/1 quote for this. Regardless of that the race is open, So Mi Mar looks the part on paper, but not all the time the best produces in these trials. We have to respect what ever Ballydoyle turns up, this time around they have BEST IN THE WORLD.
She is beautifully bred by Galileo out of the Lockinge and Hungerford Stakes winning mare Red Evie. The trip is going to not be a problem, and if the rain has got into the ground I would expect her to win this and win this well going away.
The ground looked to heavy when she could only manage fourth in the Salsabil Stakes at Navan, was there something a miss as she never turned up. She was impressive over a mile as a juvenile when landing an expensive juveniles race at the Curragh on good ground, she has her ground hopefully this afternoon and can show her pedigree to full effect today.
BEST IN THE WORLD : £10 Win @ 13/2 (BOG)
Light Up My World : £2.50 each way @ 40/1 (BOG) – Bit of Interest to see what they have.