2.00 York: Swoop for the 16/1 about Gerfalcon
Brian Meehan has won this race three times in the last 10 years, and Gerfalcon looks terrific value at 16/1 to further enhance his impressive strike rate.
The Hawk Wing gelding ran very green on his debut at Ascot when runner-up to Moon Pearl, but like many of the Newmarket handler’s two-year-olds improved significantly for the experience and duly scored next time up at Salisbury.
He still showed signs of inexperience that day, but ran on strongly despite edging left near the finish to beat Charitable act by 3/4 of a length.
The runner-up has gone on to score since, as has the third Gusto, and the fourth home ran well in defeat when runner-up in a widnsor maiden.
That makes the form look strong, and with the propsect of plenty more improvement to come Gerfalcon looks overpriced at 16/1.
Recommended bet: 1pt each-way Gerfalcon (16/1 Victor Chandler, Hills)
2.30 York: Go, Go Gamilati
Gamilati oozed class when scoring last time out, and is strongly fancied to land this and kick of a big race double for the boys in blue.
The filly, who carries the famous all blue colours of Godolphin, showed plenty of promise in two maiden runs before getting off the mark in the Group 2 Cherry Hinton at Newmarket last month where she showed an impressive turn of foot to put the race to bed and score easily by 1 1/2 lengths from Russelina, with Shumoos a further neck behind in third.
The latter reopposes today, and as a result of Gamilati having to shoulder a penalty is 3lb better off.
However Gamilati was value for far more than the winning margin, and looks by far the most progressive of the pair.
I am convinced that she will confirm the form, and a bigger danger could be Barry Hills’unbeaten Angel Of Falls who looked a smart performer when quickening off a slow pace to win Group 3 at Ascot last time out.
However that form does not look as strong as Gamilati’s, and Mahmood Al Zarooni’s filly is a confident selection to score in the hands of Frankie Dettori.
Recommended bet: 5pts win Gamilati (4/1 sportingbet)
3.05 York: Mont Agel looks magic at 12/1
Mont Agel looks ready to scale heights, and is a cracking each-way punt at 12/1
Michael Bell’s colt ran a stormer over course and distance back in may when just touched off by St Moritz in a driving finish, and the form of that race has worked out extremely well.
He has failed to trouble the judge in three subsequent starts, but has been badly drawn on each occasion and is far better than those runs suggest.
The good news is that the handicapper has lost the plot and taken those runs at face value.
He has quickly dropped Mont Agel back down to a mark of 95, which is just 1lb higher than his excellent effort here at the Dante meeting.
With ground conditions ideal and a good draw in stall 8 there is every chance that he can bounce back
Tom Queally, who just got touched off in the big one yesterday on Midday, teams up with him for the first time and if he can get him covered up in a good position behind the leaders early doors I expect him to swoop late and fast to land the spoils.
Recommended bet: 2pts each-way Mont Agel (12/1 bet365)
3.40 York: Blue Bunting the bookie basher
Dual classic winner Blue Bunting is strongly fancied to score and set-up the stage for the famous Frankie Dettori flying dismount.
The filly had always looked the type who would come into her own over middle distances so it was a big surprise when she proved speedy enough to land the 1000 Guineas on her seasonal reappearance.
She stayed on really well that day to get up close home, and was sent off the heavily backed favourite for the Oaks on the back of that effort.
However she got no luck in running, and eventually finished fourth after Dettori dropped his hands inside the final furlong.
She would have finished third had he not eased down prematurely, but still ran well on a track which clearly didn’t suit.
Back on a more galloping track at the Curragh last time out, thhe daughter of Dynaformer showed she was a class act when coming with a powerful late run to land the Irish Oaks.
She showed a good turn of foot that day to mow down the leaders late on and win by a short-head from Banimpire and there is no reason why she should not confirm the form with Jim Bolger’s tough filly.
Wonder Of Wonders, Laughing Lashes, and Rumh also finished behind her that day, and given that there were no excuses for any of that trio Blue Bunting should come out on top once again.
Recommended bet: 5pts win Blue Bunting (3/1 Hills)
4.15 York: You would be mad not to back Wild Coco
Sir Henry Cecil has been plundering big prizes this season as if they were going out of fashion, and Wild Coco looks poised to add to that tally.
The filly had looked a potential top notcher before flopping last time out at Goodwood, but was unsuited by the track and quick going that day and is definitely worth another chance.
The way in which she strode clear in a Haydock maiden before going on to land a listed contest at Newmarket with ease prior to her run at the Sussex track was very impressive and this race looks an ideal chance for her to get back on the winning trail.
Today’s galloping track and slower going will be ideal for her, and in what looks a weak contest she is going to take the world of beating.
At 15/8 and she looks banker material.
Recommended bet:5pts win Wild Coco (15/8 Victor Chandler, Paddy Power, Stan James, Coral)
4.50 York: Chilly Filly looks red hot!
Brian Ellison loves nothing more than to bash the bookies, and he looks to have primed Chilly Filly to land a coup at a tasty 9/1.
The ultra shrewd trainer is a dab hand at getting the best out of horses that have lost their way and Chilly Filly signalled that she was ready to strike when an eye-catching third last time out.
She stayed on really well to finish third to the progressive Set The Music over an inadequate trip of 1m 2f, and the step up in distance to 2m today looks the key to her getting her head back in front.
The mare started last season off with a progressive profile when trained by Mark Johntson, scoring twice before putting in a string of solid efforts in ultra competitive handicaps.
She was a good fifth of 16 to Kansai spirit in the valuable Old Borough Cup at Haydock last September off a mark of 89, and followed that run up with a third to Precision Break in the Mallard Handicap at Doncaster.
That form is rock solid, and she is now very well handicapped following a a string of below par efforts before bouncing back to form last time out.
She is now 1lb below her last winning mark, and must take all the beating in this if building on her latest effort.
Recommended bet: 1pt each-way chilly Filly (9/1 Stan James)