The second day of the York May meeting sees a soggy and boggy course after yesterday’s downpours.
In the opening 5f sprint (1420 BST) these conditions should suit former Group 1 winner Move In Time. He loves a bit of squelch, but he can only be speculative on a seasonal debut aged 9 and having had a mostly disappointing season last year.
We will pass him over in favour of Gamesome. Admittedly he has only one career success in 24 runs, but he has looked good in two runs this year, has the assistance of top Irish jockey Pat Smullen, and promises to go well on a course that he has enjoyed in the past.
The Hambleton handicap (1605) is the third stepping stone in the mile handicap scene after the Lincoln and The Spring Mile. The Spring Mile is really working out to be golden form as we suspected at the time. Donncha has been something of a “maybe” horse for some time, and added to his CV with a 3rd in the Lincoln and a 7th in the Spring Mile.
Those were good runs, he comes here well, with soft ground holding no fears and hopefully with a confident Pat Smullen on board. It is a tough race, but this could be Donncha’s day at last.
The lucky last (1735) gives us another chance to test the strike-whilst-the-iron-is-hot theory courtesy of last week’s Ascot winner Graceland. She goes on the ground and the step up in distance seems to have suited her well. She can keep the bandwagon rolling here on route to the Ascot Stakes (you heard it here first).
Gamesome (1420 York) 8/1 generally available
Donncha (1605 York) 9/1 generally available
Graceland (1735 York) 3/1 generally available
Gamesome, Donncha & Graceland, each way treble
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