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SDS EXCLUSIVE BLOG Sat: YORK

So, this is it, my last blog. After three rides at York on Saturday and then four at Yarmouth on Sunday, I’m heading to Hong Kong. As I said a few weeks ago, my plan had been to stay here for the rest of the season but the opportunity to head out for the start of the new season in Hong Kong was too much to resist. I’ll have a quiet day at home with the family on Monday before flying out on Tuesday. I wanted to thank the team at Star Sports for all their support and also you for reading my blogs. I’ll stay in touch though from the other side of the world and our paths will cross again for sure.

As for Saturday, I’ll be driving to York again for three rides. I seem to have spent most of this week in the car and the traffic has been particularly bad for some reason. Hopefully I can sign off with a winner …

SATURDAY

YORK EBOR FESTIVAL

FINEST SOUND– 1.50pm (Strensall Stakes)

Only the eight runners in the Strensall Stakes where I partner Finest Sound (pictured below) for the Crisfords. It’s strange to think it’s over two years since I finished third on him at Newmarket in a nice handicap. He’s won three times since including at Thirsk last time where he beat Symbolize a neck over seven furlongs. He’s won over 1m 2f in the past, so I’ll definitely make use of his stamina here. Frankie’s mount Mighty Ulysses looks the one to beat though on his close-up fifth at Royal Ascot.

TEMPORIZE– 2.25pm (Melrose Handicap)

Next up I partner Temporize for the first time for Mark and Charlie Johnston in the Melrose. He won both his first two starts and the race may just have come too soon at Newmarket just eight days later. Hopefully he will appreciate this step up in trip in what looks a really competitive race. You can make a case out for plenty of them with Soulcombe looking the big danger for Hollie at the foot of the weights.

3.35pm (Sky Bet Ebor Handicap)

No ride for me in Ebor with plenty of fancied horses coming over from Ireland to try and land this valuable pot. You can make a case out for about a dozen of them but I’ve sneaky feeling that John Leeper (pictured below) will go well for Ed Dunlop. They spoke about him being a Derby horse last year and being by Frankel out of Snow Fairy you won’t get one better bred. He shaped well in two runs over course and distance and can go well.

SALEYMM– 4.10pm

My final ride of the afternoon is Saleymm for the Crisfords again. He drops back to six furlongs here but won nicely for me at the track two starts back over seven furlongs. He travelled strongly that day and is well worth a shot at this trip. I’ll be positive on him as we know he stays well and hopefully he can go well.

All that remains is for me to say thank you and goodbye. You can follow me in Hong Kong when the season gets underway next month as every race is on Sky Sports racing – traditionally Happy Valley on a Wednesday and Sha Tin on a Sunday. Thanks for reading my blog and be lucky…

Best Wishes,
SDS


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