Plenty of racing and sport in general today. The going at York is Good to Soft and there may be rain in the area this afternoon. We also look at one race at Musselburgh, who have a dry day forecast and the going is Good.
With localised thunderstorms predicted, we may see a dramatic change in conditions at some courses. There are plenty of non-runners already so it is advised to check the latest lists before betting.
2.25 York BetStars.uk Home of Spin & Bet Stakes (Handicap) (CLASS 2)
Lincoln figures on a very fair handicap mark and was noted on reappearance.
Disappointed on latest start when ridden more prominently than usual and tied up in the final furlong. Can go close – if ridden more patiently. John Egan takes the ride for the first time.
Withernsea ran well latest start and will appreciate any softening of the ground. Has taken a marked rise in the weights from that run.
11/2 the field on my provisional tissue in an open race.
3.00 York Best Western Hotels Ganton Stakes (Listed Race) (CLASS 1)
Mutakayyef and Muwaary boast decent form at their best. Mutakayyef returns to action after finishing third in the Darley Stakes back in October whilst the lightly raced Muwaary steps on to a racecourse for the first time in almost two years after injury and has been gelded in the interim.
The Hamdan Al Maktoum pair are the two that interest me most. Currently priced up at 4/1 and 5/1 respectively which is no great gift considering the long absences from both.
3.45 Musselburgh William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup (A Heritage Handicap) (CLASS 2)
Over £60,000 on offer for the winner of this ultra-competitive handicap.
Kimberella ran a remarkable race at Epsom last week after missing the break and only just failing to get up. Frederick Tylicki took the ride for the first time on that occasion and retains that ride today. He should gain from that experience.
In theory a high draw should suit – but he is ridden from off the pace and will need luck in running on the stand side rail.
The books go a general 4/1, I would be 6/1 the field.
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