1.50 York

A tricky opener with confidence in NAYEL (Best price 7-2) a little fragile given this is his first attempt at 12 furlongs and the recent showers will have made this more of a test than connections would have ideally liked. While he has yet to prove his stamina at this trip, he was a good winner here over an extended 10 furlongs last time and is partnered by one of the leading riders in this event who will surely ride him patiently.
In the hope that MISTIROC (Best price 16-1) was ridden too aggressively at Hamilton last time and that race was a tune up for today’s event then the gelding is worth risking at a big price too. The five-year-old was fourth in the November Handicap last autumn and boasts one excellent run on the Knavesmire last summer when runner-up over 10 and a half furlongs. He could outrun his price with the excellent Gina Andrews on board.
Nayel - 0.5pts @ 7/2
Mistiroc - 0.25pts e/w @ 16/1

2.25 York

Any number of possibilities here, but SECRET HINT (Best price 13-2) is in good form courtesy of her cosy win at Chester and looks to be thriving at present. She was agonisingly touched off over course and distance on her penultimate start and should have a major chance providing the recent rain hasn’t made conditions too testing at today’s trip. Mujassam, with the blinkers applied, and FELIX LEITER (Best price 11-2) look the chief adversaries, with the latter also worth playing as the ground should suit the recent Lingfield scorer.
Secret Hint - 0.5pts @ 13/2
Felix Leiter - 0.5pts @ 11/2

3.00 York

Plenty of imponderables here and it is difficult to know how to evaluate this race with MUTAKAYYEF (Best price 5-1) returning from eight months off and Muwaary back from nearly two years on the sidelines. The former shouldn’t mind the drop to a mile as he can be keen in his races and his trainer loves to have winners at this venue.
Muwaary is a class act when fit and is unlikely he will lack for fitness given connections.
Mutakayyef - 0.5pts e/w @ 5/1

3.35 York

Fans of sprint handicaps are well served by this afternoon’s menu with the 888Sport Charity Sprint at York and Musselburgh’s William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup providing some fearsome puzzles to resolve. The Knavesmire event features a number of upwardly-mobile three-year-olds, not least the likes of Udontdodou, Acclaim and DANCING STAR (Best price 15-2) with narrow preference for the latter which sneaks into the race at the foot of the handicap. There was plenty to admire in the selection’s impressive Goodwood success last time, where she sprinted clear of some decent rivals to score in a fast time.
Although raised 9lb for that comprehensive win, the reassessment may not be enough to end her winning sequence as the daughter of Aqlaam has struck up a terrific association with David Probert whose figures aboard the filly read 4111. The rain at York shouldn’t inconvenience her chance either as there was cut in the ground when she won a Salisbury handicap on her reappearance and her stable excel with improving fillies of her type.
Dancing Star - 0.5pts e/w @ 15/2

2.10 Sandown

HIGH DRAW (Best price 8-1) displayed a likeable attitude to score at Wetherby and should find further improvement now he steps up in trip on a stiffer track. Trainer Karl Burke has a good record with the handicappers he sends south and there could be a chance the three-year-old’s chance has been overlooked a little by the layers today.
Dommersen looked a little errant in scoring at Wolverhampton but is progressing rapidly, while the blinkers could also iron out Chester Street who boasts ability but a lack of focus at present.
High Draw - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1

2.45 Sandown

The classic generation are beginning to make their presence felt in all age handicaps and progressive duo King’s Pavilion and Dolphin Vista are both respected here for stables that do well in this type of race. However, the first-time visor may prove the catalyst for an improved show from FRANKLIN D (Best price 8-1) who won his sole start over course and distance and will appreciate the return to a mile. His latest effort at Newmarket has worked out well and he looks a fair price on the morning tissue.
Mutamakkin is better than he’s been showing of late and looks another likely to go well.
Frankin D - 0.5pts e/w @ 8/1

3.20 Sandown

Difficult to see where the pace may come from here in the absence of Lady Macapa but hopefully Lil’s Joy will set a decent gallop from the front and that could suit ORNATE (Best price 3-1). he selection has been off for five months but is a sharp type who should have matured for the break. He was only beaten a head in a Doncaster Group 2 last summer and his latest efforts on the all-weather maybe best ignored as he has previously appeared more of a turf horse.
Willytheconqueror has already shown his affinity for this track and may emerge best of the bigger-priced horses.
Ornate - 1pt @ 3/1

3.10 Musselburgh

After a sluggish start to the season, Paul Midgley has his string in decent form and the quietly progressive OLIVIA FALLOW (Best price 7-2) could be the answer to a tricky heat. There are obviously a host of live chances in opposition including last year’s winner Pearl Acclaim, runner-up Meadway and fourth home Distant Past as well as Shipyard who arrives in good nick. However, it could pay to side with Olivia Fallow who was narrowly touched off over course and distance and is nicely positioned to make a bold bid alongside the stands’ rail.
Olivia Fallow - 1pt @ 7/2

3.45 Musselburgh

Kimberella will be understandably popular given his unlucky defeat at Epsom last weekend when he was slowly away and a fair draw today will ensure he is a tough horse to beat. However, JUDICIAL (Best price 10-1) is improving, nicely berthed and represents a stable which have their sprinters in good form. His defeat of Red Baron at Thirsk may prove a key piece of form and he was strong at the line that day given the fierce pace his old adversary set.

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Judicial - 0.5pts e/w @ 10/1