This is one of my more unusual columns for William Hill – a Saratoga/Thirsk double header – and, with due respect to one of my favourite Yorkshire racecourses, I’ll lead on an absorbing edition of the Travers Stakes at the Spa on Saturday night.

Tiz The Law to defy ‘Graveyard of Champions’

Put simply, I think Tiz The Law (11.15) will defy the ‘Graveyard of Champions’ by following up his victory in the Belmont Stakes. This has been a very different season and, in contrast to short priced favourites who come here having had a gruelling Triple Crown campaign, this horse is relatively fresh. What is more, he is sparkling in his work, and looked impressive when breaking his maiden on this track last year.

Clearly, Uncle Chuck has a really interesting profile as a hulking great galloper undefeated in two, heavily reminiscent of Arrogate when he came into this race for the same trainer. The difference is that Arrogate was an 11/1 shot, yet this horse is likely taking an almighty chunk of the market, which I believe makes Tiz the Law a pretty fair price. If you’re looking for an outside shot, I prefer Caracaro, who was the moral winner when a fine second off a layoff in the Peter Pan. Javier Castellano has an amazing record in this race, and will know this horse a bit better now.

Pink Sands to keep rolling

I’m going for Pink Sands (8.42) to spring a minor surprise in the Ballerina earlier in the evening. This is likely to be run at a furious pace courtesy of the admirable Serengeti Empress and Cookie Dough. Normally speaking, that would lead me to Bellafina over her ideal seven furlongs, but the worry remains that she might not produce the goods outside California. Pink Sands is probably just short of this class, but this might set up just perfectly for her to keep rolling when the others have had enough.

No problems for the star attraction

Gamine (10.39) is the star attraction on the card in the Test and she’ll be a very short price. I don’t think there’s any mileage in trying to oppose her, but it’s well worth tuning in.

Mighty Spirit on for a mighty run

There’s no doubt Thirsk’s William Hill-sponsored card on Sunday is rather more taxing, but I like the idea of us backing Mighty Spirit in the 5f handicap at 1.55. She can readily be forgiven her run at York as she got very upset in the stalls, but she is a serious candidate on her run behind Art Power at Royal Ascot.

Bossipop ready to win again

Bossipop (2.30) looks ready to win again for an in-form yard. He ran a super race behind Staxton at Ripon last time, has run well here a couple of times, and should be suited by the way this race will be run.

Balavad creating serious interest

Balavad (3.35) is definitely of serious interest in the nursery handicap – this is a significant step down in class from Goodwood, where he ran exceptionally well, and the track should enable him to get rolling a bit earlier.

Expect a Grand race from Grand Canal

Grand Canal (5.20) is quite a confident pick to land the last race for Tom Clover. He bolted up at Yarmouth and, while that was a poor race, he looks like he has much more to offer, particularly over this slightly longer trip.

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