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York Day 2

Capt. Kneesup

Capt. Kneesup


Well, there can’t be many times when you get beaten out of sight and you’re cheering the photograph that shows you coming third. The result of that photograph in the Juddmonte International meant for Sir Busker’s owners £55,000 more prize money than the 4th horse – a total of £107,600. Their exceptional horse came third to arguably the best racehorse in the world, which should put him on some Top 100 list. Those who backed him for three places also got 17/2 for coming third from Bet365 and had a cracking day out. The horse is run by Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds which has been going for over 30 years and is now run by the charming Sam Hoskins and Piers Winkworth. For a £25k horse, Sir Busker’s accumulated prize monies to date of £540,000 are something of an eye-opener, but I am reminded of Gary Player, who famously said: ” The harder I practice, the luckier I get.”

I wish my hard work paid off as well. Keeping up the practice.

1:50 Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (G2) (Fillies) (IRE Incentive Race) Cl1 (2yo) 6f 14 runners

DRAMATISED is the worthy favourite and is top-rated on Timeform clear by 5. However, her Queen Mary form is far from solid with the runner-up finishing behind MAWJ in The Duchess of Cambridge LTO. LADY HOLLYWOOD has been supplemented for £20k following her 5f Listed victory at Naas LTO. (2nd and 4th then fought out another Listed with a short head between them). She’ll make the frame.

MAWJ 3 pts Win – LADY HOLLYWOOD 1½ pts e/w – ½pt RFC

2:25 Goffs UK Harry Beeby Premier Yearling Stakes Cl2 (2yo) 6f 19 runners

Three Havana Grey offspring run in this, HAVANA BY THE SEA, SHOULDVEBEENARING, METAHORSE and here is a little stat for you. Havana Greys over 5-6f where they were making their debut or had a top 6 finish LTO are 146R – 31W (21.23%) – 30P (20.55%) for a 76pt+ profit. Just saying. The trends horses are KINGS CROWN and NORTHCLIFF and one I fancy off the sheet is REDEMPTION TIME. I might have gone for Hannon’s but she’s been off for 95 days. I’m struggling to see where the pace will come from, but KINGS CROWN does give the impression he’d prefer to run from the front. 6 places with Skybet make the selections of e/w interest.

KINGS CROWN 2pts e/w – NORTHCLIFF 1 pt e/w

3:00 Clipper Logistics Hcap Cl2 (3yo+) 1m 20 runners

BLUE FOR YOU 3 pts win – BOOSALA 2 pts e/w

3:35 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (G1) (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f 7 runners

ALPINISTA 5  pts win beats TUESDAY or LILAC ROAD 2 x 1 pt SFC

4:10 British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (Fillies & Mares) Cl1 (3yo+) 1m4f 12 runners

HASKOY – GOLDEN LYRA 5 pts Dutch the pair to win

4:45 Or8Wellness EBF Stallions Nursery Hcap Cl2 (2yo) 7f 17 runners

XJ RASCAL 3 pts Win

5:20 British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Hcap Cl2 (3yo+) 7f 14 runners

QUEEN AMINATU 4 pts win – SOUND OF IONA 2pts e/w (I have just taken 50/1 from Bet365 on this, and he is being backed across all boards down to between 25/1 and 33/1)


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