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York Grand Cup Day Preview

York Grand Cup Day Preview

Quality racing is coming up on Saturday from York as they stage the Grand Cup card on the Knavesmire. They race seven times at York, with action from 2.00pm-5.22pm and The Racing Post has you covered with their preview for what should be an outstanding day of racing!


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2.00pm - Queen Mother's Cup Handicap (Female Amateur Jockeys, 1m4f)

The obvious starting point for the opener is Topanticipation, the mare having won both starts this season at Leicester and over this C&D. She beat 17 rivals here last month and did so with something in hand. The handicapper has reacted with a 6lb rise but it would be dangerous to dismiss her claims with a record at York showing a win and two seconds. A career-high mark must be defied, however.

Kingofthemidlands made a pleasing comeback when second at Goodwood over this trip recently for Andrew Balding in an apprentice race and must hold solid claims again.

Tiger Jet starts in a handicap on the Flat for the first time and could harbour place claims, while Bollin Joan and last year's second Arctic Fox fit the same bill.

VINDOLANDA shaped well on reappearance at Goodwood over this trip last month and Charlie Hills' Nathaniel mare has a chance to build on that now. The stable is in form and she's got a healthy turf strike-rate (5-17).

Selection: Vindolanda

Next Best: Topanticipation

 

2.35pm - JCB Handicap (7f)

MYKONOS ST JOHN began his time with Scott Dixon with a 7f score at Southwell in February and while most of his winning has been done on synthetics, he had two near misses at this venue in May and another at Chester amid a solid run of form back on turf.

He was never at home last weekend at Epsom, failing to get out of rear division on a track that didn't lend itself to him. It won't be a big shock if he rebounds now back on the Knavesmire turf, where he has knocked on the door in two of three previous visits.

The hat-trick seeking Boardman is clearly thriving but does now have a career-high mark to try to defy, while recent C&D form also points to Lion Tower being a solid contender for Grant Tuer.

Maywake was a C&D winner last month on seasonal return for Richard Fahey, with Mykonos St John a close third, but he's rated 7lb higher and he also had Harry Davies claiming in that previous win.

Selection: Mykonos St John

Next Best: Lion Tower

 

3.05pm - Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes (Listed, 1m6f)

Time appears to be catching up on the admirable Euchen Glen this season and he may struggle once more, though a challenge wouldn't be out of the question if they go hard in front.

Kemari and MANDOOB may well be the pair to focus on. Charlie Appleby's charge won the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot last summer and was second in a Longchamp Group 2 in October. He handles any ground but disappointed at Meydan in January on his only 2022 start to date. If he finds his best stuff, he will go very close.

Mandoob though was a good second behind Al Aasy in the Listed Buckhounds Stakes at Ascot last month on his return to action following a wind op. He made the running there and was only picked off late by the 117-rated favourite, in turn finishing clear of the remainder.

A replication of that effort might well be good enough to land this prize and Brian Meehan's 4YO looks capable of bettering it before long.

Selection: Mandoob

Next Best: Kemari

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3.40pm - Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap (Heritage Handicap, 6f)

Mick Channon's Ingra Tor was already an all-weather winner this spring at Southwell but he looked stylish when making a winning handicap bow at Newmarket (6f, good) during the Guineas Festival in April. He came clear for a smooth win and the form has been well advertised since as the runner-up was one of two next-time-out winners.

The handicapper asks a question here, pushing the Churchill colt up 9lb, but there ought to be more to come and he looks a ready-made contender again - as the market reflects.

A winner at Wolverhampton in April and on his most recent start last month at Lingfield, both over this trip, it might be wise to forgive WATCHYA his effort at Ascot in between times. He veered right leaving the stalls and just did not seem himself in that contest. He went close on turf at Haydock last season as a novice and is worth another chance despite also rising in the ratings following his latest AW win.

Ribchester colt Roach Power is 0-5 but ran a good race in this month's handicap bow at Leicester, beaten just a half-length into third. Tim Easterby's charge is another with something to offer, while Another Investment and recent Haydock scorer Lethal Levi are also shortlisted.

Selection: Watchya

Next Best: Ingra Tor

 

4.15pm - Reg Griffin Appreciation ebfstallions.com Maiden Stakes (6f)

The Newbury maiden in which WINTER CROWN debuted last month was a hot one, and it has already thrown up four subsequent winners. Charlie Appleby's son of Invincible Spirit was second-string for the yard that afternoon, but certainly offered something to work with and, with normal first-to-second run improvement, can play a leading role with William Buick in the saddle this time.

Cold Case, a 160,000 gns son of Showcasing, was narrowly thwarted at Carlisle (5f, good to firm) last month on debut, finishing a long way clear in second behind a previous winner, and he should be a major threat to all with that experience behind him.

Tasleet cost £230,000 and is an interesting newcomer for Richard Fahey, with new stable jockey Oisin Orr on board in a race where his boss also runs Frank Ross Is Out and Craven for the first time. Bella Kopella is another newcomer to be noted.

Selection: Winter Crown

Next Best: Cold Case

 

4.50pm - Ice Co Supporting Macmillan Handicap (1m1f)

Richard Hannon and Sean Levey are fancied to make an impact here with SIAM FOX in the King Power colours. The 4YO gelding shaped with promise on comeback at Newmarket over a mile in April before fading late on in what has proved a good renewal of the Pat Smullen Memorial Handicap.

The handicapper has cut him some slack, now rated 3lb lower, and it is worth recalling he won his next two at Nottingham and Doncaster last season after a similar comeback run. Conditions are ideal now and he's on a good mark.

Pisanello was a winner at Beverley in April and has been eased 2lb following fair runs at Newmarket and Ripon over further recently, David O'Meara's gelding can be competitive.

Light Up Our Stars has won three all-weather contests on the trot and isn't badly treated if able to bring that form across now, while lightly-raced Godolphin runner Electrical Storm is one to pay some attention to on first start since December 2020.

Selection: Siam Fox

Next Best: Light Up Our Stars

 

5.22pm - Clean Up With PPS Handicap (6f)

The mare OUR LITTLE PONY had a lamentable time of it in 2021 but trainer Lawrence Mullaney will have been pleased with her run at Pontefract on Monday in her comeback. She was held up by Laura Coughlan and caught the eye doing some good work late on, beaten 2½-lengths at the line.

If they can build on that now, the Bated Breath mare is surely lurking on the sort of mark from which she can be very dangerous given the successes she has enjoyed in the past from much higher. In a tough finale, she might be worth an each-way chance.

It's more than 300 days since Adnaan won a Newmarket novice for Patrick Owens. That race has worked out well and he's a 3YO colt with more to offer now making the move into handicaps.

Thirsk second Runninwild, Tar Heel and Doncaster silver-medallist Recall The Show are also on the shortlist.

Selection: Our Little Pony

Next Best: Adnaan

 

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