Theglasgowwarrior was a non runner yesterday. Jedhi was narrowly denied victory at Kempton and Shyarch was just outside the frame at Yarmouth. There were very disappointing efforts from both Big Les and Mabel Lee at Hamilton.
1.55 – York:
Holmeswood. 1.5 pts win. Available at 9/1.
Tommy Taylor. 1.5 pts win. Available at 9/1.
Tanasoq. 0.75 pts e/w. Available at 14/1. (188Bet – 1/5 odds first 6)
York’s Ebor Festival kicks off with good quality 19 runner sprint handicap over an extended five furlongs. As with all straight course sprints the effect of the draw is an unknown but there looks highly likely to be a strong pace and that pace is spread across the track. The ability to travel and quicken off a generous gallop will be paramount. Slight preference is for Holmeswood, Tommy Taylor and Tanasoq. Holmeswood is drawn in stall 15 enjoyed a progressive campaign as a three year old last season and, although yet to consistently reach those heights this season, there was plenty of promise in his performance over six furlongs on soft ground here last time out. He cruised through the race but could only find the one pace after challenging the pacesetters going into the latter stages. The step back in trip on faster ground today will suit and he is now a pound below the mark from which he dead-heated for first over five furlongs on good ground at this meeting last season. The yard have a very profitable 18% strike rate at this track in recent seasons and the booking of Silvestre De Silva, who has only rode for the Trainer once in that period, takes the eye. Tommy Taylor has run here four times, winning twice, and three of those performances feature in four of his career best. They came over 6/7 furlongs so he is has to prove he has the speed for shortest trip he has tackled to date. He travels well so a fast run, big field race over today’s distance could bring out the best of him. If it does, then he is quite capable of winning his first handicap from a mark of 97. He is versatile regarding ground conditions and his regular jockey is in the plate. Tanasoq is one of three entries for Paul Midgley, who was responsible for last year’s winner. He has been very progressive this season, including notching up a four timer at Chester in June. He has been beaten twice since but has performed with credit in both. The first came in a 20 runner Ascot handicap where he was beaten just over four lengths into seventh before finishing a two length second to a stablemate in a Conditions race at Hamilton. He may not have finished improving yet and a large field/strong pace scenario on drying ground will suit.
4.15 – York – Northwest Frontier. 1.5 pts e/w. Available at 17/2. (Paddy Power – 1/5 odds first 5)
4.25 – Carlisle – Camacho Chief. 1.75 pts win. Available at 8/1.
4.50 – Ayr:
Ginger Nut. 1.5 pts win. Available at 9/1. (Bet365, Unibet)
Rathbone. 1.25 pts win. Available at 9/1. (Bet365, Unibet, Betbright)