Stick with Hannon juvenile
Man On The Spot previews all seven races on the third and final day of York's Dante meeting.
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Sarista just held on at Ripon last time but is improving. However, she was beaten by Paddy Again on her debut at Redcar so has a bit to find with TIGGY WIGGY on a line through the Brocklesby runner-up. Richard Hannon’s filly never saw another rival in a conditions race at Salisbury last time and found more when challenged. It’s difficult to see second Exentricity reversing the form here on worse terms, though there are races to be won with Mick Channon’s daughter of Paco Boy. Zuhoor Baynoona easily justified the odds on debut at Yarmouth, despite missing the break, and is another filly worth following in the first half of the season. Patience Alexander won by nine lengths at Wolverhampton but has more on her plate here.
Arab Spring has gone up 11lb since winning at Doncaster and this is a stronger contest. CHANCERY only found Battalion too good at Ripon and will strip fitter here. The third won last week’s Chester Cup next time while the fourth ran well in a hot handicap here on Wednesday so the form looks solid. David O’Meara is a leading trainer here and the top weight can confirm form with Media Hype and land this ahead of Doncaster winner Itlaaq and Retirement Plan. Lady Cecil’s colt is better than he showed when finishing behind Bute Hall at Thirsk. Gabrial’s Star disappointed here on Wednesday but Amralah still has a bit of scope and should be thereabouts again and makes more appeal than Irish raider Shalaman.
Seal Of Approval won a Group 1 at Ascot in the autumn and was staying on when clipping heels and falling over this trip in the Park Hill at Doncaster earlier. She could improve further this year as she’s lightly-raced but carries a penalty in this, as does TAC DE BOISTRON. But Marco Botti’s stayer was hugely impressive on his reappearance at Ascot and beat Cubanita out of sight in a Chester Listed race last year. The latter’s defeat of Noble Mission on her reappearance is working out really well. Camborne has an excellent strike rate and handles soft ground while Tiger Cliff won the Ebor over course and distance last August. Gospel Choir looks a bigger danger, however, having beaten a strong field in the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket earlier this month. Ahzeemah had Glen’s Diamond behind when winning the Lonsdale Cup here last year but Richard Fahey’s charge reversed the form in a Group 3 at Ascot in October.
Lady Lara never figured in the 1000 Guineas but shouldn’t be written off just yet. Adhwaa showed plenty of heart to make a winning reappearance at Ascot and should again beat fifth Lustrous while Dutch Courage has the beating of Dutch Romance on their run together in the Fred Darling at Newbury. Folk Melody lost her chance at the start in the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket but still finished ahead of subsequent Thirsk scorer Pelerin and is now tried in a hood. RADIATOR was a hot favourite for a Group 3 at Newmarket in the autumn won by 1000 Guineas heroine Miss France but could only muster the one pace. She still has the beating Midnite Angel on that run, however, and the extra furlong here should help. Sir Michael Stoute’s filly gets the nod to make a winning reappearance as Qawaasem is much more exposed.
This looks a very competitive sprint handicap as plenty arrive in form and several are open to further progress. G Force and the once-raced Dinneratmidnight are bracketed among the latter while One Boy, Skye’s The Limit, Orient Class, Speed Hawk and Scarborough come here off the back of victories. Canyari showed plenty of speed over 6f at Leicester so should be suited by a drop in distance while Kickboxer was second last week at Chester. Bryan Smart won this last year with a progressive sort but Hamilton third Meadway doesn’t appear to have the same scope. PIAZON is only a tentative selection as he has more to do than when scoring at Yarmouth but Louis Steward is excellent value for his 5lb claim and Michael Bell’s gelding can reverse last month’s Nottingham form with Signore Piccolo as he was slowly away that day. Outer Space is eased in grade but has to concede weight all round.
DUSKY QUEEN has twice finished ahead of Lilac Lace since finishing fifth to Tim Easterby’s keen-going sort on heavy going at Newbury in October. She wasn’t beaten far on her reappearance at Thirsk and looks the one to beat in this, though Beautiful View also has a chance at the weights and Tight Fit won three times over this trip last season. Patrona Ciana looks a bigger threat on her victory at Ayr, however, and is preferred to Brighton scorer Alice’s Dancer and Broughtons Charm. Misplaced Fortune is well treated on past form but isn’t getting any younger.
Another impossible-looking handicap to end the meeting. Mairise started favourite on his reappearance at Yarmouth but only managed fourth. Votary never got anywhere near when behind Latin Charm at Doncaster last time but the step up in distance might suit whereas stamina could be an issue for Belfilo. Innocent Touch also step up in distance after scoring at Redcar while the Johnston pair Rookery and Stout Cortez are proving expensive to follow. ADVENTURE SEEKER can reverse Beverley running with Innocent Touch on better terms and should give supporters a run for their money as he’s bred to stay this trip. Rite To Reign was a huge price when third at Leicester but wasn’t beaten far and could also figure if that wasn’t a fluke but Nottingham winner Penhill will need to improve again.