Classic Seniority was a non runner yesterday and our other selections failed to give us a return.
2.25 – York – Lualiwa. 1 pt e/w. Available at 14/1. (Skybet, Paddy Power, Ladbrokes, Coral – 1/5 odds first 4)
The progressive Spanish City is the one to beat in this seven furlong handicap under Ryan Moore but he is plenty short enough given he may not get the good pace off which he has been seen to good effect this season. He may still win this race as he likes but he is worth opposing at the current prices. Lualiwa is well drawn for a front runner and, Muntadab and maybe Salateen aside, there doesn’t appear many others who like to go forward. Lualiwa has used up too much energy too early in both his last two starts and he won’t want to repeat that here. Those two performances have seen him dropped two pounds to a mark five pounds higher than when winning easily at Musselburgh three starts ago. He was a very progressive three year old and that win suggests he might still have more to offer. He has proven his versatility regarding ground conditions and, although the yard are struggling for winners recently, two of their three runners here yesterday performed well.
2.35 – Sandown – Royal Mezyan. 1.25 pts e/w. Available at 10/1. (Skybet – 1/5 odds first 4)
We supported Royal Mezyan last time out at Newcastle and he ran well enough to consider again. He only finished fifth of the fourteen runners but he made up some good late ground to only be beaten a length and a half. If he can build on that then he is very well weighted to get competitive. The Assessor has surprisingly dropped him a pound for that effort and that leaves him on a career low mark of 69. He was a close second in this race last season from a nine pound higher mark and is eleven pounds better off with his conqueror, Rio Ronaldo, this afternoon. He wouldn’t want much rain and, if the ground does soften, it’s likely he will be withdrawn. He represents a relatively small yard who have improved year on year in their four seasons operating.
3.15 – Sandown – Zwayyan. 1.5 pts win. Available at 9/1.
4.05 – York:
Waarif. 2.5 pts win. Available at 5/1.
Inner Circle. 1 pt win. Available at 12/1. (Bet365)
5.15 – York:
Ninjago. 1.25 pts win. Available at 10/1.
Paddy Power. 1 pt win. Available at 14/1. (Skybet – 1/5 odds first 5)
7.10 – Leicester – International Man. 2.25 pts win. Available at 6/1.