Fabulous Saturday of racing ahead of Royal treat

Fabulous Saturday of racing ahead of Royal treat

Equine Gods of the calibre of Baaeed and Stradavarius await our pleasure at the Royal meeting next week, but we’ve a superb Saturday of racing fun to enjoy first

Eight heats from York, Sandown and Chester are available on ITV, as the station warms up ahead of broadcasting every single contest from Ascot, starting on Tuesday. Having everything available on terrestrial TV for the massive Berkshire party is a huge bonus.

Talking of Royal Ascot and those fabulous races, we’ve got some exclusive video content from Oisin Murphy airing on Monday – please don’t miss it. The champ is looking to get his life and eventually his career back on track after some very tough and well-publicised difficulties put a temporary hold on things. It’s great to hear from him.

Anyway – back to the present, and three horses to take a little interest in this afternoon. I’m going to pop them in a ‘Patent’ – three singles, three doubles, and a treble; making seven elements to the bet all told. To give you an example – a £1 win Patent would cost £7.

First up, we’re off to my favourite racecourse on planet earth. Yes, you could eat your lunch off most of the manicured surfaces at Goodwood, and Cheltenham is up there between jaw-dropping and eye-watering. But for me it’s just got to be York.

Scrupulously fair track, steeped in history, gloriously appointed, and invariably possessed of the most knowledgeable crowds in racing. Famously hospitable, and just a joy to behold.

I backed Haliphon there in the last yesterday, and initial disappointment at his narrow defeat turned to joy as he got the race in the Stewards’ room after meeting serious interference from first-past-the-post Monsieur Lambrays.

A York winner is extra-special somehow – I know, white rose-coloured spectacles or what? And this from a Manchester-born Lancastrian ….. 😊

YORK 2.0

The prestigious Queen Mother’s Cup, for lady amateurs, might not at first glance seem the greatest of propositions in betting terms. BUT – 5yr old mare Topanticipation is in prime fettle just now and has won over the Knavesmire course and distance – a massive plus.

She’s 6lbs higher in the ratings than for that previous success last month, but has the assistance of Becky Smith, highly effective for the likes of trainer Micky Hammond in particular.

Harry Eustace trains Topanticipation, and has secured the services of a good ‘un here in Becky.

YORK 2.35

A decent-quality 7f contest for three-yr-olds – and another with good recent course form stands out for me.

Lion Tower is yet to record a success at York but has run there several times – none better than on the previous couple of occasions last month. Placed efforts in big fields indicated to me at least that his turn may not be far away, and from a nice draw in the two box I’m hopeful he can score today.

CHESTER 3.20

Derby-winning jockey Richard Kingscote is mustard around the Roodee, and we’re popping our faith in another course-and-distance winning horse – Outgate.

A specialist trip – seven-and-a-half-furlongs – and the colt needs a career-best to score after an ordinary effort at Haydock last time out. Fingers crossed for exactly that!

Have a brilliant afternoon’s racing.

Alan Firkins

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