York Day 2

Not a bad first day at York with MADAME CHIANG (8-1) winning and ASTAIRE (5-1) coming second. The ground seems to be drying up but I reckon it will still be sticky and slow. I'm leaving the Dante alone as I think the favourite has it in the bag.
MAN OF PLENTY 1700 YORK (nap) – (unplaced) finished a creditable third at Doncaster on his reappearance and he got no room in the run in and got hampered. On the back of that I really think he'll stretch out and win tomorrow. He is only rated a pound higher now than a decent second at Ascot in October.
JUDGE N JURY 1345 YORK (nb) – (unplaced) this horse has dropped to a very appealing mark and is now a pound lower than his last winning mark here at York. The ground will suit and Mr Dettori on his back who rides so well at York. Positive chance.
GIFTED GIRL 1415 YORK (treble) – (unplaced) she ran a pretty decent race behind at Esoterique at HQ on her first run back. She has some of the best form on offer in the race and the softer surface I think will help.
NAVAJO CHIEF 1445 YORK – (WON – 15-2) has won here three times on good or softer. He won this race last year off three pounds more than his current mark. Keiren Fallon has won on him twice and his riding style of winding a horse up to deliver at the right time is perfect for this horse. Great chance.

The 1000 Guineas

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Not a great day yesterday to do honest! Although good old KINGSGATE NATIVE nearly got there! On to the second classic and the girls get their chance! Should be another cracking day and we’ve got Chester to look forward to in the week too. Result! Be lucky!

IHTIMAL 1550 NEWMARKET (NAP) – (3rd 7-1) was quite impressive last year when winning over 7f at Newmarket and then over the mile at Doncaster and has since followed that up with two successes at Meydan. Really liked the way she stretched away last time over 10furlongs and I think the undulations will suit her style and this extra stamina will come in to play.

GOLDREAM 1510 NEWMARKET (NB) – (WON 25-1) this fella has some very good handicap form on offer including a narrow second to BOGART over 5f at York. He has form over 6f too including a win here. Is dropped a couple of pounds and now races off the same mark that saw a narrow defeat to ANCIENT CROSS at Doncaster. He has a good chance in my opinion at a very big price. Others to take my eye in the race are SECRETINTHEPARK, who has course and distance form here and I have always liked. ZANETTO was campaigned at the top level last year to no avail and drops back in class here after being gelded – he’s dangerous!

GIFTED GIRL 1440 NEWMARKET (TREBLE) – (3rd – 7-1) she ran some cracking races last year starting with a comfy success at Ascot and then a narrow defeat by THISTLE BIRD on softer ground despite being raise 12lbs. A win at Ponte followed be fore being the closet to Dank at Arlington in the Beverly D Stakes. This drop to Group 3 class is a good start for her and she should run a big race!

MIGHTY YAR 1405 NEWMARKET – (WON 5-1) is relatively unexposed and there should be more to come. Ignore the first outing this year as that was poor run but he had a lot to do that day on poor terms and for me the ground was unsuitable. Hoping for a better show today!