York – 1.50 – Pacify
The Queen Mother’s Cup for amateur lady riders can go the way of one of the most accomplished lady amateurs of all time in Serena Brotherton, who rides Pacify.
This horse is on a long losing run and has frustrated several times; but having watched him run over the years, I’m of the mind that a strong, galloping mile-and-a-half will suit well and might just bring about a change of fortune.
He ran a pretty respectable race at Epsom last time, when he didn’t really get the run of the race and paid for trying to match strides with the very impressive Dash Of Spice. There’ll be no such well handicapped rival in this and he looks to have a solid chance.
York – 2.25 – Squats (each way)
The selection in the second race at York is Squats. With Spanish City taking such a significant chunk out of the market, Squats looks a reasonable each way play.
He bombed out two starts ago, but otherwise, has run pretty respectably this year, whilst simultaneously dropping down the handicap to the point where he’s able to run off his last winning mark.
The trainer’s record here at York is legendary and this horse’s only previous visit yielded one of his career best efforts.
With Oisin Murphy booked, I fully expect a bolder show this weekend.
York – 3.00 – Marmelo
I’ll be winning few prizes for originality with my selection in the listed, Grand Cup Stakes, where Marmelo looks the pick for Hughie Morrison and Ryan Moore.
He was well fancied to win the Melbourne Cup and ran a respectable race but looks set for another fruitful season, judged on his excellent come back run behind Vazirabad at Longchamp.
Now, admittedly Vazirabad only does what he has to do and Marmelo would never have beaten him, but he gave it a pretty good stab and is in much calmer waters here.
York – 3.35 – Foxtrot Lady
The feature race is a terrifically competitive sprint handicap but I’m firmly of the belief that Foxtrot Lady is galloping her way out of the handicap ranks and I’ll be very disappointed if she doesn’t go pretty close to winning this.
Her improvement this season has been pretty sharp, in spite of the fact that her stable hasn’t really started to fire on all cylinders. There are definitely signs that they’re about to hit top form, however, and she can take hers to a new level, judged on a really impressive victory at Chelmsford last time.
Jason Watson has caught plenty of eyes in recent weeks, he looks another prodigious talent and Andrew Balding is always quick to pick up the value of good apprentice claims. He has another sprinter here, in Foxtrot Lady, who is going places.
She might have most to fear from Gabrial The Saint, who won his last two sprint handicaps readily.
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