An excellent two days racing on Town Moor starts this afternoon with former champion jockeys Jamie Spencer, Frankie Dettori and Paul Hanagan all Yorkshire bound for today’s eight race card.
The latter has strong fancies in the opening four races.
Hanagan, and William Buick in particular, excel at the track and it would be no surprise to see collectively the pair mop up the card with eleven rides between them.
Both have a ride in the opener with Hanagan getting the nod on Roger Varian’s Shahralasal (2.00) in the fillies’ maiden over six furlongs.
The daughter of Oasis Dream was backed into favouritism on debut earlier this month at Leicester, staying on well to finish second when held up and given too much to do.
She will have learnt plenty from the experience and is entitled to progress; she is taken to get the better of William Buick on Godolphin’s Hollie Point.
Buick can make swift amends in the second with Hawkesbury (2.30) taken to better his second on debut at Kempton last month. The Shamardal colt, like Shahralasal, was a beaten favourite and stayed on well despite never really threatening last time out and will have learnt from his first visit to a racetrack.
He should be suited by the step up in trip, bidding to add further to the pair’s 16% strike-rate since forming a partnership earlier this season.
Chris Wall’s filly Katawi (3.00) looks the typical improver for the yard and will take all the beating in the six furlong handicap.
She left her maiden form behind when finishing a narrow second last time out at Yarmouth and, she looks set to defy a 5lb rise at the weights.
Buick and Hanagan ride for their respective bosses in the feature 3-y-o handicap over a mile however it is Jamie Spencer in the infamous maroon silks of Qatar Racing that can lead Knavery (3.35) to victory.
The colt looked to have a bright future when winning bolting up in a warm maiden at Kempton and he appears to be the cliché group horse masquerading as a handicapper.
Similar comments apply to Marco Botti’s Moohaarib, who shed the maiden tag at the third attempt over a mile at Ripon after excellent efforts over ten furlongs at Nottingham and Newbury.
The John Gosden team enjoyed an excellent Royal Ascot with Kingman and The Fugue both bringing Group One wins and his Award (4.10) can add further success in the first division of the fillies’ maiden over ten furlongs.
The Tamayuz filly has run in a quartet of maidens with form tied in with the likes of Bragging,
Provenance and Sequined and despite only fourth last time out, was given too much to do by young apprentice Kieran Shoemark.
With William Buick back on board she can finally get her head in front, presumably bound for the breeding shed thereafter.
Lady Cecil’s Colourful will be a warm favourite for the second division however a chance can be taken on the same connections’ Oh Star (4.45) for the all-conquering Gosden and Buick.
She is another filly seeking to belatedly shed the maiden tag but was better than ever when second at Newbury this month and looks to have the strongest form in the book.
Eagle Rock boasts some of the strongest form in staying handicaps in the north however Innsbruck (5.20) remains with plenty of potential and runs for the red-hot John Quinn yard and the eye-catching booking of James Doyle in the plate.
If you’re looking to get out of jail in the lucky last then Chivers could be worth a price for the locally trained Tim Easterby yard, whilst Sea Here (5.50) remains unexposed and on pedigree, should be much better than a 72-rated handicapper.
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