Yar has Mighty chance

  • By: Simon Holt
  • Last Updated: August 23 2014, 15:51 BST

Channel 4 commentator Simon Holt previews Saturday's feature action from Goodwood and York.

Mighty Yar should relish both the course and the distance
Mighty Yar should relish both the course and the distance

BRONZE: 2pts win Mighty Yar in the 3.50 York at 9/1 (Betfair Sportsbook, Betway) - recent form has been franked and he's fancied to relish both the course and the distance

BRONZE: 1pt win Captain Morley in the 2.40 York at 10/1 (General) - posted a career best in a race which is working out well at Royal Ascot and should appreciate this longer trip

BRONZE: 1pt win Dark Emerald in the 2.55 Goodwood at 16/1 (General) - improving grey may not have been seen to best advantage in the Shergar Cup and is worth another chance

MIGHTY YAR, the last horse into the field for the Betfred Ebor at the 48 hour declaration stage is fancied to relish both the course and distance as he attempts to give his trainer Lady Cecil a second successive victory (after Tiger Cliff last year) in York's enormously valuable staying handicap on Saturday.

This is a horse who really took the eye when winning his first race at Lingfield in 2012 and, as promised, the scopy grey son of Teofilo has become highly progressive, winning a hot 12 furlong handicap at Newmarket in the spring and, more recently, chasing home the potentially high class Kings Fete over a mile and a half on this course, form that has been franked by the subsequent success of third placed Whispering Warrior.

The way Mighty Yar rallied under pressure that day suggests he is more than ready for this step up to a mile and three quarters and he gave a similar impression when previously seventh to De Rigueur, again at Newmarket. He now meets that winner on 4lb better terms for two lengths and Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride.

Meanwhile, De Rigueur's victory at Haydock early last month looks a key formline here since this powerful finisher is weighted to confirm the placings with runner-up Pallasator, a big gamble for this race and the subject of a reputedly lucrative sale since winning at Ascot subsequently.

The enormous and often sweaty Pallasator, whose trainer Sir Mark Prescott is always to be respected in staying handicaps, can sometimes look hard work in his races but this is probably his right trip and it is difficult to see him finishing out of the money especially as he is well handicapped under a 4lb penalty compared to his revised mark.

In a typically open renewal, others with serious claims must include Irish raider Mutual Regard, a good third to the smart Pale Mimosa in listed company last time, Chester Cup winner and Northumberland Plate runner-up Suegioo and Glorious Goodwood winner Van Percy.

Earlier, a step up in trip should also be ideal for CAPTAIN MORLEY in the Betfred Melrose Handicap.

The son of Hernando, bought by Qatar Racing after winning at Chester in May, put up a career best when third to Elite Army at Royal Ascot the following month and the form of that race now looks very strong.

While quite speedily bred on his dam's side, Captain Morley's sire is a renowned stamina influence and, despite a break, he should run very well with the four-timer-seeking Connecticut the likely danger.

At Goodwood, DARK EMERALD may be worth another chance in the 32Red Handicap.

Perhaps I am talking through my pocket, but this progressive grey was given an ordinary ride at the recent Shergar Cup (1m) when getting no cover and kicked for home too soon yet was still beaten less than a length in fourth place.

Back to seven furlongs here, Brendan Powell's improving grey is fancied to grab his third win of the season in the hands of James Doyle.

Posted at 16.52 BST on 22/08/14