ANOTHER huge day of racing with the Haydock Park Sprint Cup (4.15) and I really think that the favourite Harry Angel is hugely vulnerable following his injury sustained at Royal Ascot following a no more than workmanlike seasonal debut victory in the Duke of York Stakes.
That leaves us with plenty of value outside the market leader and last year’s second TASLEET (nap) who arrives here very fresh is taken to reverse that form on ground that looks like being perfect for him.
On his only outing this season the selection finished third in the Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on ground too quick. This dig in the Lancashire turf should prove spot on for the son of Showcasing and he may have more to fear from Gustav Klimt.
The last named is dropping down to 6f for only the second time in his career, won’t mind any more rain and reportedly worked brilliantly at Ballydoyle last week.
The rest of the Haydock Park card looks very competitive, but I am still especially keen on the claims of SPEEDO BOY in the staying handicap at 3.35.
I feel that two miles just stretches him, but that a mile and a half is slightly too short. This intermediate trip could therefore be the perfect distance for him with a bit of dig in the ground and anything in the region of 8/1 looks a cracking each-way wager.
The big sprint handicap at 4.50 could be won for the second successive year by MAYLEAF SHINE (nb).
The 2017 winner loves to get her toe into the ground and, by the time this sprint is run, the going could well be soft. Her handicap mark remains more or less unchanged and the filly should have the legs of Orvar and Intense Romance.
The seven furlong handicap at Ascot (2.45) is as competitive as ever, but if the ground remains on the fast side this could be between Mubtasim, Ripp Orf and SABADOR.
The selection ran way too freely at Ascot two outings back but, if he manages to relax early on in his races, he could still be well weighted off a mark of 96 and it must be remembered that this will only be his 10th career start.
FAIRLIGHT may only have won an ordinary-looking Brighton handicap last time out, but he looks sure to be better suited by a quicker-run race in a bigger field against better horses at 3.55 and I have already grabbed a slice of the 8/1 against the likes of Midi and top weight Ghostwatch.
At Thirsk have a second look at the likes of FIVE ANGELS (2.35), PLAY IT COOL (3.10) and RED PIKE (4.20). The last named hasn’t won for some time, but this is by far his easiest task for a while and he can give the weight away to some inferior opposition.
Finally, there is a very interesting card at Wolverhampton under the lights and the standout wager has to be OCCUPY at 7.45.
He has faced some tough tasks this season and this looks a fair bit easier and he should be a fair each-way price as well.
BRIDGE OF SIGHS looks set to defy top weight at a price in the mile and a half handicap at 8.45, while ICONIC BOY could run well at a huge price in the finale at 9.15.
York (2.20) King’s Pavillion (nap)
York (5.00) Airglow (nb)
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