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Paddy's Pick 5: Our tips at York on Wednesday for the £10,000 game

By Andy Stephens@StevoGG
Tue 16 Aug 2022

There will be at least £10,000 up for grabs each day at the York Ebor Festival with Paddy’s Pick 5, which is free to enter. The quest is on again to find the winner of the five chosen races.

On a scale of trickiness, we reckon Wednesday’s puzzles are hovering between 8 or 9 out of ten. But look on the bright side – the less people who pick all five winners means the more you will win!

That was the case on Saturday when we had only one winner manage to select Documenting (7-2), Strike (11-4), Jumby (9-1), Tahleeq (20-1) and Ducky Mallon (9-1), meaning he scooped the lot all by himself.

The competition is open to all Paddy Power customers, and the full terms and conditions for the competition can be found here. To enter, simply click on 'start' and pick your selections.

Our own Andy Stephens has been in fine form with his winners in the past eight days, from 17 selections, being Intrinsic Bond (11-1), Manaccan (advised 6-1), Anmaat (advised 5-1), Documenting (7-2), Nine Elms (11-4), Alligator Alley (7-4), Tippy Toes (5-4) and Andaleep (5-6). He’s had an early look at Wednesday’s Pick 5 races and, below, shares his thoughts.

And don't forget our Racing TV racecards include Timeform comments, pace maps, live odds, Timeform ratings and much more, so make sure to take advantage when studying the form for each race:

1.50: Sky Bet and Symphony Group Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

2.25 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3))

3.35 Juddmonte International (Group 1))

4.10: Sky Bet Stayers Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

4.45: Celebrate Itm's 200th Ire Voucher Winner Fillies' Handicap



1.50: Sky Bet and Symphony Group Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

Take a deep breath. This first leg is going to separate things out quickly. A maximum field charging over an extended five furlongs down the Knavesmire is always a great spectacle but a quick glance at the race’s roll of honour reveals just how difficult a puzzle it represents with seven of the past eight renewals won by runners going off at double-figure odds.

Last year’s winner, Copper Knight, is back to defend his crown, while Dakota Gold, who triumphed three years ago, is out to regain his title. Between them, this wonderful pair have accumulated 13 wins at York and, while they are not getting any younger, you dismiss them at your peril.

I’ve followed MAKANAH through thick and thin throughout most of his career. It’s mostly been thin in the past two years, at least for win purposes, but he’s one of those horses who keeps doing enough to tempt you in one more time. And then one more time again after that.

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The Stewards’ Cup unfolded all wrong for him last time – he found himself at the head of affairs (usually held up) on the wrong part of the track – but he still managed a respectable seventh. It confirmed he remains in good heart and his record at this track, including a close fourth in this race three years ago, stands close inspection. He’s a solid each-way play but, of course, we need more than that to negotiate the first hurdle in Paddy’s Pick. Hopefully, he finally gains reward for his consistency with his stable in great heart. And, if he doesn’t, well there is always Thursday’s action when we can play again.

Look Out Louis, his speedy stablemate, is possibly at his best around a bend but Swedish challenger Good Eye, fourth in the Stewards’ Cup, and the consistent Ghathanfar have to be high on any shortlist. One other I’d throw into the mix is Nomadic Empire, underwhelming for much of the summer but the type to pop up somewhere.


2.25 Tattersalls Acomb Stakes (Group 3)

Plenty of promising two-year-olds in action here with MILL STREAM getting the nod.

The Gleneagles colt, a 350,000gns purchase, justified market support when winning on his debut at Doncaster and made the the exciting Noble Style dig deep on the July Course last time. He's got plenty of speed on the dam's side of his pedigree and is unraced beyond 6f but I'm hoping the influence of his sire will help him stay this extra furlong.

Local Dynasty, a stablemate of Noble Style, won in convincing style on his debut at Newmarket despite getting loose beforehand. The time was nothing special but he fits into the "could be anything" category. Indestructible was a taking winner over 6f at Windsor but did look quite speedy that day.


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3.35 Juddmonte International (Group 1)

Take BAAEED on and get the winner here and you'll almost certainly be taking the £10,000 yourself - subject to the small matter of finding the other four winners, of course - but we're not recommending doing so.

Some are understandably playing up the extra distance here as a reason for concern, but the son of Sea The Stars looks born to thrive over this 10-and-a-half-furlong trip.

Mishriff is a talented performer, but his slow starts are becoming more noticeable and it seems he is developing some of his own ideas about the great game.

Baaeed, on the other hand, seems to do all that is needed to win and not much more. And that is all that will be required to bring the house down on the Knavesmire.


4.10: Sky Bet Stayers Handicap (Heritage Handicap)

I'm already playing catch-up in this race having had a losing ante-post punt on Bascule, who will be standing idle in his box when the gates open. Put him in your Racing TV Trackers because he was progressive at the end of last year and a big eye-catcher on his Goodwood return in the race won by Trawlerman.

SOAPY STEVENS, no relation to me, finished a couple of lengths ahead of Bascule that day and, in his absence, gets the vote. It's a strong bit of form and, having won his previous two starts, he's clearly in great heart.

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Master Milliner had several of these behind when winning the 2m 4f handicap at Glorious Goodwood but he was well served by that extreme test and now finds himself 10lb higher than when beaten at the Dante meeting.


4.45: Celebrate Itm's 200th Ire Voucher Winner Fillies' Handicap

A wide-open sprint handicap but the eye is drawn to INTERNATIONAL GIRL, who was an emphatic winner of a hot 6f handicap at York last time despite having to wait for a run and be switched to challenge.

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She’s up 7lb but that looks warranted and the runner-up, Good Earth, franked the form by going close in the Great St Wilfred at Ripon on Saturday. The drop back to 5f is a niggle but she showed plenty of pace last time.

Sandbeck is an obvious threat as Ed Bethell’s filly was making it four wins from six starts when a decisive winner at Haydock last time. This is a tougher assignment, plus she’s unproven at York, but she’s been freshened up and there is probably still more to come.

Another to keep in mind has to be the tough and consistent Cuban Breeze, game winner of a strong sprint at Windsor last time.

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