Ben Linfoot marks your card for all nine ITV4 races on Sunday afternoon as the Sky Bet Sunday Series heads to York.
1pt win Aberama Gold in 5.35 York at 8/1 (General)
The Sky Bet Sunday Series heads to York this weekend and it kicks off with the Apprentice Handicap over 1m4f. This looks wide open, but hugely unexposed at the distance is Mick & David Easterby’s TWO BROTHERS who could go well under Johnny Peate at a big price. He needed his seasonal return at Nottingham and is now back down to the mark of 64 he was a neck second off at Chester last October.
Aidan O’Brien could win the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas for the fourth year running with TUESDAY, a full-sister to last year’s winner Empress Josephine. Her 1000 Guineas third looks better in light of what the winner, Cachet, did when second in France and she should come on plenty for that at a stiffer track.
York 3.30, 4.00, 4.35, 5.05, 5.35, 6.05, 6.40; Curragh 3.45, 4.20.
Amo Racing and David Loughnane have been flying with their juveniles and WALBANK might just have bumped into a top-notcher in Noble Style on debut at Ascot. The fourth, Royal Scotsman, came out and won by five lengths at Goodwood on Friday, so it looks good form and this horse is fully expected to justify likely prohibitive odds.
MIDNIGHT FIRE has more to find up 7lb in a Premier Handicap but he justified strong support when coming from off the pace over the course and distance last time out and he can go in again. It was a fairly cosy three-quarters-of-a-length win as he always looked like getting there, the first-time cheekpieces making a significant difference to him. He’s still well treated on his old form and looks to be back to his best.
In the last Sky Bet Sunday Series at Hamilton John Quinn’s BELUGA GOLD ran a cracker dropped in trip to six furlongs. Denied by a short head, he couldn’t quite get there, but up just 3lb he’s been given a chance on his second go at the distance and there looks to be enough pace amongst the low numbers to drag him into contention.
LA TRINIDAD needed a few runs last season before he came good but he shaped well enough on his seasonal reappearance to get with him in the Sky Bet Sunday Series Mile Handicap. He loves York and has won two big handicaps on the Knavesmire - while being placed in similar races on three other occasions - and a mark of 93 does not look beyond him on the balance of last year’s form.
Talking of York specialists, Dakota Gold goes for a seventh success on the Knavesmire in the Sky Bet Sunday Series Sprint Handicap. You wouldn’t put it past him off a mark of 102 – he has won a Group 3 at this track after all – but ABERAMA GOLD is weighted to reverse last-time-out form with him off 5lb better terms. That was a return to form for him on turf after some poor runs, but on his second start since wind surgery he’s weighted to go in again with that good run under his belt.
If Michael Dods can’t win with Dakota Gold he might win the next race, the Sky Bet Sunday Series Stayers Handicap, with WOR WILLIE. He’s got untapped potential at this 2m trip and he shapes as though it will suit – he’s related to a winning hurdler – and his last win at Thirsk was thoroughly convincing. Up 6lb and two furlongs, it would be no surprise if he can go in again.
Charlie & Mark Johnston can land the finale, the Sky Bet Sunday Series Fillies’ Handicap, with ESPRESSOO. She looks progressive in handicaps after overcoming adversity to win on her debut in the sphere at Chelmsford and a 7lb rise might not be enough to keep tabs on her. There’s more to come from her, the 11lb weight-for-age might give her an edge against the older fillies and she’s likely to be finding more for pressure on the front end under Joe Fanning.
Published at 1555 BST on 21/05/22
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