Tom Stanley has been presenting Racing UK all week from York and has high hopes that a William Haggas representative can keep up the good form of Yorkshire-
I drew a blank last week but I am hopeful for much better this time around. I have been up at York all week and will concentrate on all the action on the Knavesmire on Friday.
I’m reluctant to put something up for the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes. It is such a good race on Friday and, for all I’m very much in team Battaash, I’m happy to sit back and watch.
First up is an ultra-competitive Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap over 12 furlongs.
Red Galileo was put up here last month and he was a touch unlucky not to go closer, given how he was hampered late on. He is short enough though in an open race and I’m taken with the early price about Speedo Boy.
He ran well at Newmarket last time on his handicap debut when he was to pedestrian at a crucial stage of the race before he found more late on. He has bundles of stamina in his pedigree and should be suited by a step up in trip.
He chased home the talented but ill-fated Permian a few starts back under Silvestre De Sousa, who rides again, and a return to the easier ground than he has had on his last few starts may see him to better effect. I can also see myself backing Landsman at a double-figure price in a very open race.
I was set to back Dal Harraild at Goodwood before he was taken out of the race but, regaring him lining up in the Lonsdale Cup, his swerving of the Sussex downs may be no bad thing.
He is a course winner and the step back up in trip is sure to suit him. It’s the furthest he has been and, given how strong he was at the finish over a mile and six furlongs two starts ago, this two miles may just bring out the best in him.
Pat Cosgrave rode him from the front in the Hardwicke Stakes over 12 furlongs to make use of his stamina but it was always going to be a tall order and I imagine Cosgrave will revert to patient tactics on the Knavesmire. He could become a real force to be reckoned with in the staying ranks and 9-2 is fair – he was 11-2 on Thursday.
Talaayeb looks a chunky double-figure price for this step back in trip to seven furlongs in the Sky Bet City Of York Stakes.
She appeared not to stay last time when very disappointing at Newbury, and she’s had a nice break since. Looking back at her Guineas fourth, she tired late on that day too, though much of that could be attributed to being her first start of the season.
She also saw a fair bit of daylight, too, both early and late on and she was beaten just three and a half lengths by the mighty Winter.
We need to forgive her below par run last time and Jim Crowley opts for the in-form Rusumaat but at the prices I’m very happy to have this superbly-bred and very talented filly on side for a yard really in the groove.
The British Stallion Studs EBF Convivial Maiden looks a typically strong renewal and Doswell went in to my tracker after chasing home the experienced Being There last time.
He unshipped Robert Tart down at the start, broke slowly and was widest of all, saw plenty of daylight away from the favoured stands rail and still nearly won. It’s tricky to be too confident, given the amount of unknown CVs lining up in opposition but I would be disappointed if this well entered up horse did not go very close at 4-1.
Tom Stanley’s Friday tips: (prices correct at 10pm on Thursday)
2.25 York: Dal Harraild: at 9-2 with Bet365
3.00 York - Talaayeb: at 11-1 with Betfair