2.20 York JCB Handicap
Kicking Saturday’s action with the 2.20 at York over 7 furlongs and its a fiercely competitive handicap of which you could argue a case for the majority of them. However the one that takes the eye for me is Get Knotted for Michael Dods and Paul Mulrennan. He showed peak form last year when scoring two victories over course and distance and wasn’t beaten at all that far on his final outing last term, he’s returned to action with some respectable performances this campaign and i’m sure he’ll put another bold bid in here to be there or thereabouts which makes him a very decent each way contender.
Selection: Get Knotted 9/1 E/W
2.55 York Ganton Stakes
On to the listed contest at York the Ganton Stakes over 7 furlongs. The ever reliable Gabriel heads affairs and the old boy is sure to be a popular one, yet to win a Group contest or a race at York but should be there or thereabouts following his second in a Group 3 contest at the Derby meeting at Epsom. You can’t be ruling last years Grade 1 Arlington Million winner Mondialiste out either who’s Group 3 fourth at Sandown was certainly an encouraging run. However the two i’m struggling to split here is Thikriyaat for Sir Michael Stoute and Spark Plug for Brian Meehan. Thikriyaat was rather disappointing on his return here last month when tenth but looked a classy sort in Group 3’s last year and i’m confident he’ll bounce back to form here with a big run to get into the frame. As for last year’s Cambridgeshire winner Spark Plug, he was just denied last time out when beaten a nose in a Listed contest at Goodwood and should also put in another bold bid back down in trip.
Selections: Spark Plug 9/2 E/W – Thikriyaat 9/2 E/W
2.40 Sandown Scurry Stakes
Moving over to Sandown and the Scurry Stakes which has attracted a really decent field headed by Fashion Queen for David O’Meara and Ryan Moore following a win over course and distance here last month, it goes without saying another repeat performance of that under a penalty would surely give her a huge chance. Copper Knight for Tim Easterby is another one that comes here on the back of a win at the track which makes him a big contender as well, however the couple i’d be willing to take a couple of each way chances on is Equimou and Ardad. Equimou won well last time out a Hamilton and looks a filly who’s open to a lot of progress. Ardad however ran very flat here last time out for John Gosden but before that looked a very classy prospect so would be foolish to rule out last year’s Windsor Castle winner just yet and will be decent odds to make the frame here.
Selections: Equimou 11/2 E/W – Ardad 8/1 E/W