By News Team
Last Updated: 17th July 2020
There’s a great William Hill-sponsored card at York on Saturday and Nick Luck has previewed all the action.
Nomadic Empire can rule over his rivals
A terrific William Hill-sponsored card on the Knavesmire on Saturday, and I’ll be pretty disappointed if NOMADIC EMPIRE can’t get us off to a winning start in the novice stakes (12:15pm). He’ll be a short price, but his third to Muker here sets a decent standard, and his most interesting rival – Ancient Times – might find this a bit sharp on pedigree.
Dascombe’s contender can take tight Affair
The excellently named second race (12:45pm) is pretty tough, and I suspect Danny Tudhope may be on the wrong Clipper Logistics horse here. My preference is for HOT AFFAIR at 9/1, who thrashed a couple of useful sorts at Ripon last year – that form suggests she could be quite well handicapped, and I’m very happy to ignore her final run on very soft ground.
My eye is drawn to Oberon in novice contest
The Novice Race (1:20pm) features a whole clutch of likely improvers and I’m most tempted by MY OBERON, whose stable is in much better form now than when he made quite a taking debut on the Rowley Mile. He travelled well before his effort flattened out, and I don’t think the drop back to seven furlongs is a bad idea. Tasaamuh may be the most potent danger.
Might not take long for Spencer to return to the winners’ circle
UNIVERSAL ORDER looks a fair comeback ride for Jamie Spencer and can continue on the upgrade in the John Smith’s Silver Cup (1:55pm) at 11/4. He has been a steady improver through the last couple of seasons, seems very effective in small fields that become tactical races, and is well worth another try at this trip. His rivals are either out of form or inconsistent, and he looks a nice price.
Stoute’s contender has Solid claims in feature
I’m firmly with SOLID STONE in the John Smith’s Cup (2:30pm) at 8/1. He looked a completely different animal since the gelding operation at Sandown, and the market clearly expected it. He did very well, as he had to quicken off the back into a winding gallop and ended up winning very easily. The runner-up, who had the run of the race, has since run a blinder off a higher mark.
Former Nunthorpe winner to go close in City Walls
He might be coming off a big layoff, but I cannot resist ALPHA DELPHINI at a pretty fair 17/2 in the City Walls (3:05pm), considering he comes out best at these weights. He’s a Nunthorpe winner here and was a very respectable second to Battaash when we saw him last. This looks a realistic level to be starting back, and reports of his wellbeing are encouraging.
Where’s Jeff the token selection in tough handicap
The mile and a half handicap (3:40pm) looks virtually impossible, but – if pressed – WHERE’S JEFF would be the selection at 10/1. It looks as though he’s been keeping a bit from the handicapper by running over shorter distances and ran very well over nine furlongs at Hamilton last time.
Fallon’s claim gives Madden a chance in finale
The finale (4:10pm) looks tough, too, but OWNEY MADDEN should be better for his recent run at Chelmsford and – given Cieren Fallon’s claim – will effectively race off only three pounds higher than when winning a really competitive race here at the Ebor meeting. There might well be more to come.