Saturday 11th June 2022
Author: Jordan Yates (EvRacing_)
A big welcome to this week’s Saturday Preview where I’ll kick things off with the 2:00 at York which is the Queen Mother’s Cup, a handicap for female amateur riders over a mile and four furlongs. I’m taking a chance on Kingofthemidlands here at 9/2 for Andrew Balding and Miss Molly Landau who takes off five pounds with her claim. He’s had just the five starts to date and has yet to find a win, but has been knocking on the door and most recently finished second at Goodwood on his seasonal reappearance. I still think that there is a decent horse in there and if building on his run the last day he could well get his first victory here.
It’s the 2:35 at York where I now turn my attention to which is a Class 2 handicap that’s contested over a distance of seven furlongs. Like many races on the Knavesmire, this is a typically competitive affair in which a case could be made for the majority of the field. I’m taking a chance on Lion Tower though who’s currently trading at a best price of 9/2 for the team of Grant Tuer and Sam James. He’s a course and distance winner whose last two outings have both come at this track. On both visits to the track last month he posted solid efforts, finishing second and third respectively and he’ll likely run his race once more if not go one better. I think he’s to be considered as a serious player here.
Next up it’s the 3:05 at York which is a listed even that’s ridden over a trip of a mile and six furlongs. I think this is all about the progressive Mandoob who’s currently a 9/4 chance for trainer Brian Meehan and the mount of Sean Levey. Sporting the colours of Oisin Fanning this term after being bought from Shadwell, he opened his account for the season with a fine second-placed effort behind Al Aasy in a listed race at Ascot in May. I think there could well be a lot more to come from him this season and if building on that effort at Ascot here he could well prove to be very tough to beat here. He’s my NAP of the day.
I’m heading over to Sandown now for their 3:25 which is a five-furlong handicap that’s attracted the twelve runners and is extremely competitive. I’ve taken a chance on the eight-year-old Saaheq here who’s currently trading at 9/1 for the combination of Amanda Perrett and Harry Davies, who takes off five pounds. It’s been quite a while since he showed his best form, with some underwhelming efforts to his name lately. However, he won this race off a nine-pound higher mark last year and is a very experienced sort who is no stranger to the winner’s enclosure having notched up eight victories in his career. He’s got more than enough ability in the locker to be competitive off today’s mark.
Concluding my preview for this week will be the 3:40 at York which is another competitive handicap this time over a six-furlong trip. In this particular affair, I’ve sided with the Mick Channon trained Ingra Tor at 4/1 who’s set to be ridden by Rob Hornby. He made his seasonal reappearance at Kempton in April where he was beaten a neck but then followed up with a dominant display at Newmarket where he powered clear impressively. He’s been raised nine pounds as a result of that success but the manner he won suggests that this new mark could still underestimate him. There likely is a lot more to come.