Two races for us this afternoon. The going at both York and Newmarket is Good to Firm. The latter has been watered.
York 4.05: The market leaders are Flying Officer and Second Step. Flying Officer is the current 6/4 favourite. Seasonal debut at Ascot late last month over 2m. No extra in final furlong and finished third. Dropped back by 2f today.
Second Step last appeared in the Canadian International at Woodbine in October. Has won first time out for the past two years. Expected to stay this trip and can go very close.
This could end up a tactical race with no confirmed front-runners. On a flat galloping track like York, Second Step may have the finishing advantage over the proven stayer, Flying Officer.
I have put the pair in as 2/1 joint favourites on my provisional tissue for this intriguing contest.
Newmarket 4.25: Taffeta Lady was noted on debut when running a big priced 3rd at Sandown. Form of that race was franked yesterday by the 2nd in that race, Shall We.
Difficult race to price with plenty of unknown factors. I would go around 2/1. Currently 6/4 with most layers.
Back tomorrow as we have another great day of top quality action.