Giving Gosden’s runner another chance in opener

The opening handicap (1:45pm) at York on Friday might not take as much winning as you would expect, and ALFAATIK looks of interest at 5/1. Admittedly, there is not much to go on, but what we do know is that he won his maiden tidily, he was considered good enough to contest a Derby trial by John Gosden, is quirky, but has been gelded. The fact that he remains in training suggests there is still faith in him, and he ought to be thereabouts in this race off this mark if he has any pretensions as a stakes horse.

Eagles can soar to victory in Lonsdale Cup

I think EAGLES BY DAY might be the answer to the Lonsdale Cup (2:15pm). He has run two terrific races for his new yard , both here and at Goodwood, where he could never get into the race held up off a very slow pace. I expect the gallop to be more even here, which will suit, and he has more to offer at 7/1.

Sheikh Hamdan could have another superstar on his hands

MINZAAL is a confident selection to win the Group 2 Gimcrack (2:45pm) at 3/1. He looked a horse of great ability at Salisbury and was able to record a pretty decent time while the jockey geared down in the closing stages – that form has had one test and the well-beaten sixth has come out and bolted up subsequently.

A’Ali might have enough to knockout Battaash

I’m not sure I really want Battaash (4/7) to be beaten in the Nunthorpe (3:15pm), but I think there’s some mileage in taking him on with A’ALI, a sprinter we’ve yet to see the best of. First, I think Battaash had a harder race at Goodwood than was the case the previous year, when he was ridden with one eye on this race. Secondly, Ornate will hang around for while near the lead, but Art Power is likely to be pressing Battaash for a good deal longer. This set up could just suit a closer given the likely dead surface on Friday, and A’Ali fits the bill quite nicely, having seen off good opponents in Liberty Beach (twice placed behind Battaash) and Make A Challenge with some ease in the ground the last twice. He has had far less hype than Art Power but has arguably achieved as much and is a much bigger price at 8/1.

Taw can Leed his rivals a merry dance

Finally, I’m hoping TAWLEED can make it a good day for Jim Crowley in the Convivial Maiden (3:45pm) at the expense of Maximal. He ran a good race on debut at Goodwood last time and there could be more to come now at 11/4.

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