It is quite strange that while the majority of racing fans will be travelling to Newmarket to watch the Cesarewitch and the Dewhurst, I will be heading north to ride at York. The reason I ‘m heading in that direction is to ride some nice horses for King Power Racing, but more about their chances below. Anyway, I reckon I’ll head off at around 9am and it should take about three hours by car. You know me, I might even find a bit of time for some sleep on the way there…
LOVE DESTINY – 2.05pm
I kick-off aboard Love Destiny for Mark Johnston in the nursery. He’s won two of his four races to date but was a little below par here last time. If he can bounce back off a slightly lower mark, he should be competitive in what looks a wide-open contest. Plenty of them won last time out with the likes of Convict and Lucander looking big threats.
LAMPANG – 2.40pm
The first of my big rides for King Power with the unbeaten Lampang likely to be favourite for the Rockingham. He’s won both of his two starts to date and although he may not have beaten much at Ripon last time, he couldn’t have been anymore impressive. This is another step up though, but he is a colt with a bright future and should be hard to beat. There are dangers everywhere with Huraiz and Stone Circle looking two obvious challengers.
JOHNNY DRAMA – 3.15pm
Another one for King Power, this time the Andrew Balding trained Johnny Drama. He was a bit disappointing at Newbury last time having run really well here behind Forest Of Dean before that. He had previously run well at Goodwood and should be competitive despite racing off a 2lb higher mark. There are only the seven runners with Harrovian looking the one to beat.
INTISAAB – 3.50pm
A really competitive looking York Sprint handicap where I ride Intisaab for David O’Meara. He is definitely handicapped to go well despite being eight years old and is drawn nicely down the middle. I suppose it’s just a question of whether the years have finally caught up with him or not? I’m hoping he can go well and the ground continues to dry out for him as he wouldn’t want it too soft. The William Haggas-trained Aplomb looks the obvious one.
FOX DUTY FREE – 4.25pm
We know that Fox Duty Free is a lot better than he showed in the Convivial at York last time. He just didn’t seem to fire and hopefully can bounce back to life here on slightly softer ground. He had run really well at Newbury on his debut having met all sorts of trouble in the early part of the race.
AIRCRAFT CARRIER – 5.00pm
I’ve never ridden Aircraft Carrier who carries topweight for John Ryan in the staying handicap. The handicapper has had him in his grip for some time and drops him here down to 90, his last winning mark, so there are grounds for optimism. That said, he hasn’t shown much recently and needs to bounce back to form.
ANYTHINGTODAY – 5.35pm
Another topweight to round off the day. I won aboard Anythingtoday when I last rode him here back in July. He’s been beaten four times since, so is now only 1lb higher than that victory. Hopefully he can go well again, but there look to be a few better handicapped types lurking below. Dubai Icon starts life in handicaps off a mark of 89 which could be on the generous side.
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