Shortlist: York, Wednesday May 16 2018

Sky Bet First Race Special Jorvik Handicap (2) 1m3f188y – 11:20pm

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Betting Forecast

$3.5 Hamada, $7.5 Crowned Eagle, $8 Banksea, $8 Now Children, $9 Contango, $9 Island Brave, $11 Grandee, $12 Tuff Rock

Analyst’s Verdict

Hamada highlighted why connections have been so patient when making light of a 19-month absence at Wolverhampton recently, notably travelling well and ultimately scoring readily. A 5 lb higher mark looks fair on that evidence and he can continue the good work back on turf. This is a competitive race of its type though, with Now Children and Crowned Eagle just 2 potential dangers.

Infinity Tyres Handicap (2) 6f – 11:55pm

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Betting Forecast 

$8.5 Orion’s Bow, $11 Gin In The Inn, $15 Foolaad, $15 George Bowen, $15 Private Matter, $17 Final Venture, $17 Teruntum Star, $19 Danzeno, $19 Lucky Beggar, $19 Ower Fly, $21 Golden Apollo, $23 El Hombre, $23 Flying Pursuit, $23 Quick Look, $26 Classic Seniority, $26 Dark Defender, $26 Out Do, $26 Tomily, $41 Firmdecisions

Analyst’s Verdict

Orion’s Bow is well treated on his best efforts and his promising reappearance third at Pontefract suggests a return to his peak form may not be too far away. Foolaad had the selection in behind when making it 8 wins in his last 10 starts at Pontefract and is likely to give another good account, while Richard Fahey holds a strong hand courtesy of Gin In The Inn, George Bowen and Private Matter.

Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes (Group 2) (1) 6f – 12:30am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 127 124 122 130 130 (Avg 127)

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Betting Forecast

$1.91 Harry Angel, $5 Brando, $5.5 Tasleet, $12 Sir Dancealot, $26 Perfect Pasture, $41 Artistica, $67 Ornate

Analyst’s Verdict:

Harry Angel was ultra impressive when landing back-to-back Group 1 events last term, and whilst not at his very best at Ascot on his final start, he is fancied to concede weight all round and make a winning return. Abernant-winner Brando and last year’s winner Tasleet can do battle for the forecast spot.

Tattersalls Musidora Stakes (Group 3) (1) 1¼m56y – 1:05am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 121 118 124 134 122 (Avg 124)

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Betting Forecast

$3.75 Ceilidhs Dream, $5 Give And Take, $5 Highgarden, $7.5 Lubinka, $8 Ejtyah, $17 Dancing Brave Bear, $26 Expensive Liaison

Analyst’s Verdict:

Impressive debut winner Highgarden had failed to meet expectations when third at Sandown on her return but there was still plenty of promise in her run, taking a while to get going but strong by the finish, and she’s taken to turn the tables with Give And Take. Ceilidhs Dream did well to overcome a slow start when edging out a well-touted newcomer at Newmarket and is another to consider.

Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap (3) 7f – 1:35am

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$5.5 Commander Han, $10 Queen’s Sargent, $11 Desert Doctor, $13 Three Saints Bay, $13 Valdolobo, $15 Cavatina, $15 Citron Major, $17 Clubbable, $17 Montague, $17 Zap, $21 Excellent Times, $26 Lord Vetinari, $29 Poet’s Dawn, $34 John Kirkup, $51 International Man

Analyst’s Verdict

This is almost certain to prove strong 3-y-o handicap form, but Commander Han chased home a pattern-race performer in the making on the AW last month, and if he’s as effective on turf, the handicapper has taken a big chance with his opening mark. Desert Doctor and Citron Major head the opposition.

British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (3) 5f – 2:05am

Timeform Rating of previous winners: 105 100 98 100 105 (Avg 102)

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Betting Forecast

$3 World Order, $7 Leoube, $7.5 Rathbone, $9 Mayson Mac, $9.5 Charming Kid, $12 Delft Dancer, $15 Duke of Hazzard, $34 Beika, $34 Tarrzan

Analyst’s Verdict

World Order came clear with a subsequent winner when runner-up at Doncaster on debut last month and sets a high standard. Leoube and Rathbone hail from yards that have won this event in recent seasons and need keeping an eye on.

Oaks Farm Stables Handicap (4) 1m3f188y – 2:35am

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Betting Forecast

$9.5 Sky Eagle, $10 Reverend Jacobs, $13 Zeelander, $15 Okool, $19 Doctor Cross, $19 Michael’s Mount, $19 Rake’s Progress, $21 Je Suis Charlie, $21 Mooltazem, $21 Regal Mirage, $23 Liquid Gold, $23 Moayadd, $23 Mutadaffeq, $23 Visitant, $26 Armandihan, $26 Captain Pugwash, $26 Daawy, $26 Ghayyar, $29 Carnageo, $34 Sellingallthetime

Analyst’s Verdict

Reverend Jacobs’ form didn’t take off last season, but he has the look of an improver this time around and appeals as the type to pay his way in staying handicaps. Sky Eagle, Zeelander and Okool all merit respect, particularly the first-named who’s a big strong colt clearly ahead of his mark.

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