York 2.20 – Snazzy
I was very taken with this little filly on her debut at Newcastle, when she managed to win pretty cosily despite having her momentum checked at a crucial stage of the race. Others have arguably achieved more to date (No Lippy most obviously), but the selection has great appeal as a “now” horse with plenty of raw pace and precocity. She looks to be drawn where much of the action is likely to unfold (low) and can give Charlie Fellowes and team a dream ticket to Royal Ascot.
York 2.55 – Sheika Reika
A few question marks over the current wellbeing of her rivals, but nothing to worry about on that score with this one, who looked a surefire stakes-winning filly on her comeback at Newmarket. She admittedly needs an appreciable step forward again, but she has a lovely pedigree and should enjoy the slick surface. Her trainer has always rated her highly, and it must be significant that he has no interest in her apparently favourable handicap mark.
York 3.30 – Call To Mind
It’s a bit of a leap of the imagination to think he can beat Stradivarius, but I’m fairly sure we’ve not seen the best of Call To Mind. Evidence suggests that 14 furlongs is his optimum distance and that good or faster around suits him best. Granted that combination, and with the benefit of a comeback run over an inadequate test behind him, he should take another leap forward, which could be good enough to see him right in the mix for his top stable.
York 4.05 – King’s Gift
A poor strike rate and some pretty iffy form figures, but anyone who saw this horse finish mid-pack at Wetherby on his seasonal comeback over an inadequate trip will have been encouraged that he is about to cycle back into some form. Add in that the stable jockey is back the saddle at a track where he twice run out of his skin, and he makes a fair bit of appeal.
Newbury 2.35 – Mazzini
This is a deeply frustrating horse who has been pulling everyone’s leg on the All Weather this winter, but is very well handicapped on turf. He’s related to some absolute top-notchers and I’m convinced he wants a straight track and a fast pace on fast ground… all of which he gets today. He is high-risk, but he’ll be running on at the finish, and if the others come back to him, he could at least hit the frame at a price.
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