A bumper 8-race card at York tomorrow is highlighted by Derby runner-up Eagle Mountain building the extensive journey from Tipperary to contest the day’s attribute race.
The Group 2 Skybet York Stakes is the goal for Aidan O’Brien’s classy colt, who will come right here right after a troublesome excursion to France a fortnight in the past.
He was so badly hampered in the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp that he unseated his jockey, Kieren Fallon, who was as a result sidelined and skipped the profitable mount on Peeping Fawn in the Irish Oaks.
Eagle Mountain will be partnered tomorrow by Seamie Heffernan, O’Brien’s quantity two jockey in Eire, and appears the class act in this all-aged contest.
Acquiring appear from a diverse parish to complete next to Licensed in the Derby, the 3-year-previous then proved a little bit disappointing in the Irish equal when he could complete only third to Soldier Of Fortune, a person of his stablemates.
If the effortless floor was to blame for that defeat, punters might be tempted to steer distinct of Eagle Mountain tomorrow. But O’Brien would rarely be sending him about if he was fearful of him tackling tests problems once a lot more. If he operates to any where in the vicinity of his Typical kind, Eagle Mountain will be going for walks tall on Knavesmire.
The £50,000 Skybet Sprint Handicap appears a fantastic possibility for Fullandby to land a different big prize for Norton trainer Tim Etherington.
The sprinter picked up a sizeable pot for successful at Ayr on his latest start off exactly where he proved himself really much at residence in the mud. Kevin Darley yet again can take the mount on this talented performer.
Wing Collar, twice a winner on Knavesmire, is napped to comprehensive a hat-trick in the skybet.com Silver Cup.
Tim Easterby’s large-course gelding completed an great next to Spanish Hidalgo above a mile and a half on his belated seasonal debut last Saturday. If tomorrow’s race does not come also shortly for him right after that return to action, he ought to get loads of beating.
Circle Of Enjoy (2.10), a 10 lengths winner at Pontefract very last time, and Past Flight (4.30), furthermore properly trained by John Dunlop and a current Warwick winner, are two other individuals to take note at York.
No make a difference how Aidan O’Brien fares with Eagle Mountain at York tomorrow, he has even much better statements of landing the day’s outstanding attribute, the King George V1 And Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot.
The Ballydoyle coach saddles Dylan Thomas and Scorpion, the two favourites in this Group 1 showpiece, which has attracted a 7-potent industry.
The floor is likely to be the crucial issue amongst the two stablemates, as Dylan Thomas, past year’s Irish Derby winner, has revealed his finest form on a sound surface area. For that motive, my vote goes to Scorpion, who has confirmed his means to act in the mud, and who has been in great coronary heart this season.
Winner of the Coronation Cup at Epsom, Scorpion went down by just 50 % a length to Maraahel in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot final thirty day period when attempting to concede 5lb to the winner. He is now fancied to take his revenge on stage weights.
Mick Kinane, rider of Scorpion, has been snapped up by Thirsk trainer David Barron to ride Partners In Jazz in the £150,000 totesport.com Global Handicap, and the trace is truly worth heeding.
A training course-and-distance winner, Companions In Jazz is a quite able handicapper on his working day, and, whilst continue to looking for his initial acquire of the campaign, has been managing properly in defeat.
Richard Fahey’s Chester winner Realism (2.35) and the progressive Tybalt (3.10) are also deserving of attention.
At Newmarket, Tagula Dawn, a different experienced by Fahey, should not be forgotten in the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Affiliation Golf Day Fillies’ Handicap.
A great fourth at York two weeks in the past, Tagula Sunrise, who is in-foal, appears to be like to be coming into kind and, with the clock ticking right before her racing days are in excess of, this looks a excellent opportunity for her to glow.
1.40 Moonlight Guy, 2.10 Circle Of Really like, 2.40 Wing Collar (NAP), 3.15 Eagle Mountain, 3.50 Fullandby, 4.30 Very last Flight, 5.00 River Ardeche, 5.30 Le Soleil.
2.00 Raven’s Pass, 2.35 Realism, 3.10 Tybalt, 3.45 Associates In Jazz, 4.20 Scorpion, 4.55 Grizedale, 5.25 Farefield Lodge.
1.25 Fifteen Enjoy, 1.55 Autocue, 2.25 Font, 2.55 Cactus Rose, 3.30 Tagula Dawn, 4.10 Francesca d’Gorgio, 4.45 Sector Forces, 5.20 Seeking The Buck.
Tomorrow’s other meeting:
Ascot, Newmarket, Newcastle, Salisbury (evening), Lingfield (night).
Thirsk, Ascot, Wolverhampton, Chepstow, Newmarket (evening).