Royal Can Clean Up At York
Royal Can Clean Up At York
By Man On The Spot


14:00 Acturis’E.B.F. Maiden Stakes

TOUGH LADY weakened close home over 6f on her debut at Hamilton, having shown plenty of early speed, so should be suited by today’s drop in distance. She’ll know more today and gets the vote. Shrimpton improved on a modest debut when fourth at Leicester but Prince Regal, a close-up third on his introduction at Lingfield, probably has more scope. Sandsend hinted at ability over 6f here last month but Paul Hanagan prefers stablemate and newcomer Flyman, a half-brother to six winners including several sprinters.

14:30 Neptune Investment Management Handicap

Silver Blaze and Ahzeemah may struggle at the weights but Glittering Gold is unexposed though may not have beaten much in a Folkestone maiden and, on breeding, isn’t certain to be suited by today’s shorter trip. Valiant is another with scope but the form of his debut success at Newbury hasn’t been franked and more interesting is Beaufort Twelve, who showed a willing attitude to return to winning ways at Goodwood having found the company too hot in the Craven Stakes on his comeback. EASTERN DESTINY just keeps on improving and, as she’s from a good family, may have enough in the locker to defy a mark 5lb higher than the one she won off at Ripon.

15:05 Bond Tyres Handicap

Having won four of his last five starts it’s difficult to ignore Lordofthehouse, who goes on any ground and will be staying on here when others have cried enough. Bridle Belle wasn’t beaten far over 1m4f here last time and is back on a winning mark while Local Hero has done nothing wrong since returning to the Flat, though is now 5lb higher than when second to Grumeti at Ascot. Deauville Flyer normally does well here and Merchant Of Dubai will like the ground while Hurricane Higgins and Constant Contact can’t be ignored but QAHRIMAN caught the eye on his reappearance at Chester, where he didn’t enjoy much luck in running. He’s only raced six times and can improve again to land this.

15:40 SKF Rous Selling Stakes

An above-average seller as several of these already have form in better company. There’s every chance that Fly Fisher, fourth at Beverley last month, will appreciate a first try over 6f while Jamesbo’s Girl made a promising start in a Redcar claimer. FADEINTOINFINITY was only beaten a short-head over this trip in a maiden at the same track 10 days ago and is still heading in the right direction. She should get off the mark here though Severn Bore had subsequent Musselburgh winner Vanessa behind at Warwick in April and, on a line through Jim Goldie’s filly, has the beating of Catterick scorer Mad Jazz.

16:10 Coopers Marquees Handicap

A typically trappy York sprint in which most have some sort of chance. Medici Time won it last year at 25/1 and is only a couple of pounds higher but SOHRAAB was successful in 2008 and is a pound lower. He should be cherry-ripe now after a couple of runs and Hughie Morrison’s charge gets the vote with Ryan Moore a significant jockey booking. Others with decent claims include Judge ‘n Jury, who represents a yard that do well with their sprinters on the Knavesmire, and Racy. Kevin Ryan’s five-year-old continues to knock on the door but hasn’t won a race of any description since 2009. Nottingham winner Taurus Twins has a penalty to carry and was well behind Mayoman at Thirsk, however, while Jamesway will need luck in running from stall three.

16:45 Racing Plus 1.20 on Saturday Handicap

Clockmaker’s third at Chester was another decent effort and Tim Easterby’s six-year-old should make his presence felt here. He makes more appeal than stablemate Fast Shot. Green Howard is bidding for a four-timer but is upped in grade again off a higher mark while a wide draw probably hasn’t done Snow Bay any favours as the Ripon second likes to race up with the pace. Beckermet reversed earlier Thirsk running with Arganil at Ripon last time but is an infrequent winner nowadays while a penalty could scupper the chances of a follow up for Carlisle winner Madame Macie, who was behind Green Howard at Catterick last month. MAJESTIC DREAM looks to have dropped to a decent mark judged on his latest second at Carlisle and should give supporters a run for their money, though Polar Kite will have needed his comeback run at Ripon and could go well under claimer Lee Topliss.

17:15 Future Cleaning Services Apprentice Handicap

Brian Ellison appears to hold a strong hand in this finale with both Artisan and ROYAL OPERA having scored over hurdles over the winter. The latter, not disgraced when back over a more suitable distance at Hamilton last time, could be the one today as Paul Pickard is one of the more accomplished apprentices riding here. Battery Power kept on well when second at Doncaster last Saturday and also enters the equation but Tricksofthetrade was beaten in a Catterick claimer earlier this month and this may be a bit short for Pokfulham nowadays. Beverley third King Of The Celts may be best of the rest as penalised Nottingham winner Hydrant has struggled to stay this far in the past and Teak, who was engaged to run at Haydock last night, has shown his best form on the Polytrack.

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