Today’s Info – 20th August 2014
It is the start of the Ebor Meeting at York of course and some seriously good horse flesh to entertain us this week.
Australia and Kingston Hill obvious highlights on the day but the action kicks off at 1.55pm with the sprinters and not too many more in form than Goldream who really should have won the contest last year but for a less than impressive start. Improved lots this term and has Andrea Atzeni tasked with the spin the Cowell runner is my only attempt at finding the winner. Ran behind Muthmir of course which is working out well but with a little more luck could have won all of his starts this term and is absolutely deserving to run in this off the mark 11lbs higher than 12 months ago.
The Acomb Stakes at 2.30pm has a standard set by Basateen which looks hard to see surpassed despite the presence of Galway scorer Jamaica for Aidan O’Brien and also Brian Meehan seeking a third win in recent times with last time winner Growl. I think Hanagan will have been really looking forward to getting on this colt again having been a fascinating wide margin winner last time out. It was also a fair debut run but the win on the second start only really glimpsed at professionalism and with those spins done I think he will be very good now. The win at Doncaster was quick in the context of the day and more so in the manner of the victory. I am surprised he is not shorter and think the 9/4 will not be there by post time this afternoon.
I will not be taking on Kingston Hill with any seriousness and neither will I be overly involved at the likely sp for Roger Varian’s runner. I do hope he wins and wins well after some good efforts this term, he should do just that.
Australia is the right price, will probably only tighten in the market and looks set to dismiss a few here I’d suggest. If he runs to Epsom form or the Guineas form then he’d have to have Telescope hard at work at this trip which has never seemed to work for Sir Stoute’s charge. Mukhadram is a lovely beast but Australia should be swinging off the likely place and I can’t see a pound or two of extra O’Brien muscle making much difference – it’s nothing the market doesn’t tell you but 13 on to win 8 is not the worst wager of the week.
I’m looking forward to Quest For More with James Doyle on in the distance handicap at 4.20pm. I’d hope he’d have been thinking about riding the 4 year old since April when third at Windsor on the geldings first run back. They have gone very slowly with the career to date but the three runs this term, including a win when things just fell right at Doncaster will all have been building to a step up in distance and a better contest. I do worry he may not be the toughest character but will surely tank through this race, the blinkers are retained and he should settle a little better in them here second time applied especially with a large field. Well worth chancing is nicely treated off 85. Spacious Sky will have a pretty hungry K Fallon on board but I’ll take Doyle’s ride at double the odds for sure.
I’ll let the last past calmly into the notebook, has a tendency to throw up odd results! Kingston Hill and Australia probably along with Basateen look solid enough for combining and I will be into that, it could be good day for horses returning with an f after the odds at York.
Good luck to all, hopefully all week long.
York 1.55 – Goldream 0.75pt Win – 9/1 General
York 2.30 – Basateen 2pt Win – 5/2 Stan James and Victor, 9/4 General
York 4,20 – Quest For More 1pt Win, 0.5pt Place – 10/1 General
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