AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

Heading to York with £££’s


Juddmonte International Stakes
York 3.40


We landed another winner in the column yesterday thanks to Wigan who somehow managed to come back and get a draw having fallen 2-0 behind against Doncaster.

Leon Barnett’s 90th-minute equaliser salvaged a point for Wigan and saved Owen Coyle’s blushes in his first home match in charge.

Nice when those last minute goals go in your favour for once.

So, after a 24 point profit haul on Monday we added another 12 points last night and have something in the kitty to head to the Knavesmire this week for the superb York Ebor meeting.

It was this day last year that Frankel won the International Stakes and by then we’d given up at Star Sports trying to get him beaten.

Frankel of course handled the step-up in trip with aplomb and one of the key questions today is whether Toronado can equally cope with the extra distance.

It was a late decision to re-route Toronado here and opinion amongst his connections is mixed as to whether it’s going to be the right move.

Jockey Richard Hughes is confident he will have the stamina and stated he always believed he was more of a ‘Derby horse’ than a ‘Guineas horse’ but trainer Richard Hannon Jnr is more uncertain, taking the view “We won’t know until we try”.

The five-year-old Al Kazeem will be a tough nut to crack. He has been an absolute star this season and all his wins have come at around this trip.

With little to choose in the betting between them the play for me must be the horse with the proven ability over the distance.

A 10 point bet which would put the column 50 points up on the week if successful !

(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)
10 points win AL KAZEEM (3.40 York)

(+12 points Tuesday)