Last Friday saw myself have a little journey over the border from Lancashire into our next door neighbours Yorkshire for a visit to the beautiful Knavesmire (York), for what was a typically competitive card with decent field sizes and good racing.

There was also some lovely food and drink including a very well recommended afternoon tea in the famous Gimcrack Rooms.

It wasn’t all gambling and gluttony though and below I have another three potential winners in waiting for you.

1 – Poppy Carew – 2yo Bay Filly. Trainer : Karl Burke.

Making her racecourse debut this filly who cost £62,000 as a yearling ran with a bit of promise behind some far more experienced two year olds in the EBF Filles’ Novice Stakes over 5f.
She was green to begin with but the penny finally dropped towards the end and she stayed on nicely, an extra furlong will be appreciated and she has a fair future ahead of her.

2 – Valiant Prince – 4yo Bay Gelding. Trainer : Charlie Appleby.

Only six went to post for Friday’s feature Listed Ganton Stakes over a mile but the winner couldn’t have been more impressive here in Valiant Prince.

Despite running against some fairly exposed types this fairly lightly raced 4yo bounced back from his April disappointment at Ascot to resume winning ways again, a dual winner in Dubai during the winter he has four wins to his name all on left handed tracks.
I could envisage him going up in grade and trip back here in July for the 1m2f York Stakes which is a Group 2.

3 – Vondelpark – 2yo Bay Colt.

A seller might not seem the most obvious race to pick one from but on Friday Vondelpark left Karl Burke’s yard to run in the 6f Rous Selling Stakes which had a nice looking winner in Explicit from Mark Johnston, who had to go to £44,000 to retain him.

Now the reason I left the trainer’s name off here is that after the race and auction, Vondelpark was subsequently claimed by Gemma Tutty & he was third in the race.
It’s highly likely Gemma will get some improvement out of him and could be one to keep an eye on in nurseries. 

Next up on the racing travels will be Lancashire Oaks Day at Haydock in a few weeks time.

Article & Pictures by Neil Watson (@WattyRacing)

An AOLR Publication – June 2022

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