Our top tipster reckons he has the 21-runner Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes cracked and likes a former Classic candidate later on the card
2.15 York: Uncle Jumbo
I like these big-field sales races as betting vehicles as there are usually few realistic contenders in the line-up. It is definitely the case here with Uncle Jumbo having most in his favour.
His two main rivals might be running over the wrong trip, with Devious Company dropping in trip having looked a stayer over seven furlongs and Happy Romance looking a five-furlong sprinter.
Uncle Jumbo won narrowly on his debut but the runner-up has run well in Listed company since and he is related to his trainer’s Major Jumbo, who is Group Three placed and a Listed winner. He does not have to improve much, if at all, to win this.
2.45 York: Top Rank
This is possibly the best handicap run this season, with a few contenders looking to break out of handicap company before too long - none more so than this unbeaten four-year-old.
I was covering the Thirsk meeting he reappeared at and was hugely impressed. It is not fair to say he was a talking horse because he has delivered in all his runs, but he was definitely the most talked about horse that day and was continuously backed throughout the afternoon despite being up against decent, race-fit rivals in a competitive heat.
The money kept coming right up to the off and his backers never had a worry. He has been given time to get over that run, which is a good thing despite the ease of victory, and should be ready for this much more stringent test.
He already has Group race entries and given that he has been a well backed winning favourite on each of his past three starts a market move would be another positive.
Top Rank makes it four from four last time out at Thirsk
4.50 York: Dancing Vega
I thought this filly might win the 1000 Guineas last year after her win in a backend Doncaster maiden on her only juvenile start.
I wasn’t alone, either, as after reports of her working very well last spring she went off favourite for the Fred Darling at Newbury. However, she was very disappointing and finished nearer last than first.
That was all we saw of her in Britain last season and she didn’t fare any better in two runs in America later on.
However, returned to Ralph Beckett she ran much more encouragingly in a course and distance 0-95 event when just worn down by a solid yardstick. She shouldn’t bounce after three weeks off and I am hopeful she might flourish from now on.
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