York 1.55 – Melting Dew 15/2
This horse is a real Stoute work in progress, and he’s slowly chiselling his way to being a pretty good horse. He’s quite lazy, and the cheek pieces have brought about a bit more improvement, but there’s more to come and I don’t think he’ll mind coming back in trip. At a bigger price, I can see Erik the Red running very well at a track where he has excelled in the past.
York 2.25 – Desert Skyline (each way) 18/1
I can’t really envisage Stradivarius being beaten, but I suppose any horse can have an off day, and it’s worth putting Desert Skyline in forecast bets, backing him without the favourite or each way. Nothing happened for him at Ascot, but he was shaping a bit more like his old self at Goodwood before being quite badly hampered. The really significant issues for me are that his best run has come at this track and he really came to himself at this time last year.
York 3.00 – Emaraaty Ana 15/2
In common with most two year old Pattern races at the moment, this Gimcrack looks a bit thin in terms of proven ability. In Emaraaty Ana, however, Kevin Ryan looks to have a pretty useful horse. His run at Newbury last time was particularly creditable given the length of his absence since his Racecourse debut and – if building on that as you would expect – he can reverse the form with Chuck Willis and go very close.
York 3.35 – Caspian Prince (each way) 25/1
I am a huge fan of Battaash, and there’s a big part of me that wants to see him bolt up in the manner that he did at Goodwood. Having said that, York had a negative effect on him last year, so I don’t really want to be steaming in at odds-on. Blue Point is the sensible alternative, but the one who could really outrun his odds is Caspian Prince. He may have run 85 times and be on his ninth trainer, but he’s run career bests on two of his last three starts, has loads of raw pace, lots of decent form at York, and could easily hit the frame.
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