It's Yorkshire Cup day on the Knavesmire and the Daily Mail's Sam Turner has the best TV bets.
Richard Hannon has finally begun to enjoy some success at York this week and STORMY CLOUDS
(Best price 11-4) barely came off the bridle to score in style at Salisbury so should run well here. The daughter of Sir Prancealot looks a very straightforward conveyance and the fact she has already had three runs could stand her in good stead against some less experienced rivals. She was highly impressive at Salisbury, displaying tons of pace and is clearly thriving. Stablemate Amlak returns to the track quickly after catching the eye at Ascot behind Camargue whose yard produced Boater to score by two lengths on her Kempton debut. Amlak holds a number of high-profile entries and could be the chief danger to the selection.
Stormy Clouds - 1pt @ 11/4
Coronation Stakes entry Nemoralia will be a tough nut to crack in this given she was a doughty and genuine juvenile who wound up a successful two-year-old campaign with a fine run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
(Best price 3-1) doesn’t boast any such lofty engagements as yet but she looked just the type of slow-maturing filly her stable excel with. The Stoute team have made a bright start to the season and their horses seem well forward even if Midterm, who was coltish yesterday, was a disappointment on the Knavesmire yesterday. The selection posted a number of good efforts as a juvenile and wound up the season chasing home Promising Run in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes so looks capable of troubling the favourite.
Thetis - 1pt @ 3/1
(Best price 9-2), Flying Officer and Suegioo fought out the finish of the Sagaro Stakes last month and look sure to be closely matched again on this very different track. Many will feel that Flying Office will reverse placings with Clever Cookie on 5lb better terms and that may well be the case, but the cheekpieces could sharpen up Peter Niven’s charge who has won three times on the Knavesmire and could be over priced to complete a fourth success this afternoon.
Mizzou won the Sagaro and it looks interesting that his trainer, Luca Cumani, is happy to run Second Step against the pair. The 5yo’s record with Andrea Atzeni on board reads 11120 with the only real eclipse coming at Woodbine at the end of a long season.
Clever Cookie - 1pt @ 9/2
The market will no doubt revolve around Barsanti for this Class 2 handicap and understandably so given his impressive all-weather victories at Chelmsford and Kempton. He clearly holds a massive chance if he can translate that form to turf, however, FIRE FIGHTING
(Best price 14-1) could be overpriced for a horse that should appreciate the return to 12f after being far from disgraced in a Chester Group race last week. Admittedly, he is an infrequent winner but his dips into handicaps are rare and he was only beaten six lengths in the John Smith’s Cup here last summer so this looks a fair opportunity for him to shine at a price.
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Fire Fighting - 0.5pt e/w @ 14/1