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Wasn’t our day yesterday, with Rich the only 1 of us landing any kind of blow, with a 7/1 3rd with Throne Hall, but we have a full team today for the only day this week…
Rich & Jamie are off on Friday while Charlie is away on Saturday, that’s the team news so lets get cracking….
The going at York is…. Good to Soft
1.40 – Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap Class 2 over 5f
Selection – Muscika –
7 year old Gelding out of Kyllachy and Miss Villefranche, has had 49 runs on turf winning 7 times, had 4 starts at this venue last season winning 2 times and finishing 2nd once. The wins came on 26th July when beating Golden Apollo by 3/4 of a length over 6f in a Class 2 Handicap, and on the 9th October Musicka won again beating Mighty Spirit by 1 and 1/4 lengths with Illusionist a neck behind in 3rd over 5f in a Class 3 Handicap. The 2nd place finish was on the 18th July when beaten 3/4 of a length by Tukhoom over 6f in a Class 3 Handicap. If turning up in same mindset shown in those races could get involved although hasn’t won since October last year, biggest dangers come in the shape of Count D’Orsay and Copper Knight who are both trained by Tim Easterby.
2.40 – Matchbook Betting Podcast Hambleton Handicap Class 2 over 7f 192y
Selection – Brunch – 4 year old Gelding out of Harbour Watch and Granola. Has had 10 career starts winning 4 times 2 at Newcastle on the all-weather and 2 at York. The wins at York came on the 26th July last year when beating Jumaira Bay by a short head with La Trinidad a further 2 lengths behind in 3rd over 7f. Won again on the 21st August when beating Hartswood by 1/2 a length with La Trinidad a 1/2 length behind in 3rd over 7f and 192y. Has finished 2nd twice and 3rd once since that win here, most notable was a length and 1/2 2nd on seasonal return behind Haqeeky at Doncaster in the Lincoln on the 27th March. If turning up in same mood as last time out in the Lincoln that should be enough to gain compensation here on a track he likes, biggest danger to the selection comes in the shape of Artistic Riffles who has won last 2 races.
2.40pm Matchbook Betting Hambleton Handicap
Hartswood has run well at York on several occasions, including when runner-up to Brunch at the Ebor meeting last season. He now enjoys an 8lb swing in the weights for that narrow defeat which entitles him to plenty of respect here. The recent run at Ripon is sure to have blown the cobwebs away and this trainer/jockey combination have already been amongst the winners at this meeting.
3.40pm British Stallion Studs EBF Wentow Stakes
Aklam Express has been largely progressive to date and ran with credit when placed 3 times at Meydan, including in Group 1 company. A repeat of that latest run in the Al Quoz Sprint gives this Mehmas colt leading claims here and he is the pick on ratings. A winner here at York last summer and versatility regarding ground are other positives and he must go close in this company.
2:10 – Middleton Stakes (G2) – Selection: Silence Please (NAP)
Despite only attracting six Fillies this years Middleton Stakes looks an open contest. A couple of Irish raiders, Passion & Silence Please head to the knavesmire with strong claims against the favourite Queen Power. I fancied Silence Please to win a G3 in Ireland last Saturday before she was pulled out due to soft ground and I’m not going to change my mind now. Jessica Harrington’s Filly has some very good form in the book including a second to Melbourne Cup runner up Tiger Moth on Champions Weekend, plus listed win at Naas last June where she had Passion beaten by 2 ¼ lengths. The galloping nature of York will really play to her strengths as she stays this 1m 2f trip very well and it is significant that connections are sending her over to England for her seasonal reappearance. Good chance.
3:40 – Wentwow Stakes (Listed) – Selection: Aklam Express
Nigel Tinkler’s Aklam Express arrives at the Knavesmire in tip top form after a productive spell out in Dubai for the carnival. He ran three times and finished with form figures of 233, the last of those being a cracking effort to finish third in the Al Quoz on Dubai World Cup Night. He’s a really likeable horse and a repeat of that Al Quoz performance could well seal the deal today. He also boasts a win over C&D and won’t mind the ground going a little on the easy side of good. After being freshened up since he is the worthy favourite today. The dangers are the unexposed Dexter Blue and Winter Power, who is rated just 1lb below my selection.
2.40 Hambleton Handicap – Class 2 – 4yo Plus – 7f 192yds..
Artistic Rifles – War Command X Chatham Island 5yo gelding.
I noted on April 29th, prior to Artistic Rifles running in a Class 3, 1m Handicap that he was well ahead of the handicapper, having previously beaten a couple of 90+ rated horses & he ran in the race from 88, winning by 4 & 1/2 lengths, which made it 2 wins from 3 starts for his new yard. he runs today off 96 & has already a Class 2, 1m win to his name. I think he still has more to come – BIG CHANCE
3.10 Dante Stakes – Group 2 – 3yo Only – 1m 2f 56yds..
Flying Visit – Pride of Dubai X Fionnuar gelding.
Unlucky last season with plenty of runner up sports & a few 3rd’s to his name before landing the 1m 1f Group 3 Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown in October.
He finished a 1 length 2nd to High Definition in a 1m Curragh maiden last August.
Season return on April 11th in the 1m 2f Group 3 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown & finished a 2 & 1/4 length runner up to Bolshoi Ballet, which is nice form.. EACH WAY
That is everything for you today folks, thanks for popping by & for your support, we really appreciate it…
All the Best – The Arseonlineracing Team