2.10 York

RED BARON (Best price 16-1) posted a rare blow-par effort at Chester last time but looks a big price to bounce back at one of his favoured venues today. Although the selection is yet to score on the Knavesmire his form figures there read 220, with the two defeats narrow ones. It paid to race on the speed yesterday with both sprints dominated by those that were keen to race handy and that should Eric Alston’s speedster who probably just burnt himself out at Chester last time when helping to set a tremendously fast speed figure.
His draw in stall three should be no hindrance either and the 20-1 is worth taking given the form of his yard’s sprinters.
Red Baron - 0.5pts e/w @ 16/1

2.40 York

John Gosden dominated day one of the Dante meeting and JOURNEY (Best price 15-8) could follow in the footsteps of So Mi Dar and land another of York’s prestigious fillies’ prizes. The Dubawi filly improved beyond all recognition last season, graduating from a 76-rated maiden to a horse capable of finishing with a length of Simple Verse in an Ascot Group One last autumn. Gosden’s charge takes a slight drop in trip today, but she doesn’t lack pace and can takes this event en route to a day out at Royal Ascot.
Journey - 1pt @ 15/8

3.15 York

A series of challengers have lined up to threaten the position of MIDTERM (Best price 6-4) at the head of the Derby market, but as yet none have stamped their authority on the Epsom Classic like Sir Michael Stoute’s charge. A comeback win in the bet365 Classic Trial was achieved in a professional manner with the selection and the highly-regarded Algometer stretching eight lengths clear at the line. Described as a lazy individual in his homework, Midterm is unlikely to post a spectacular performance on the track, but he is impeccably bred and handled by a high-quality trainer who has masterminded his education and it will be disappointing if he can’t enhance his burgeoning reputation.
The recent money for Wings Of Desire could prove illuminating with Frankie Dettori preferring to ride the recent Wolverhampton maiden winner rather than Foundation. The fact that connections are happy to spurn a handicap rating of 88 to run in a Group Two suggests John Gosden rates the son of Pivotal highly and he could prove the biggest danger.
Midterm - 1pt @ 6/4

3.45 York

Like a number of Richard Fahey inmates, THIRD TIME LUCKY (Best price 9-1) thrived for racing last season, winding up with a hard-fought victory in the Cambridgeshire. The four-year-old grey displayed a terrific attitude and will-to-win that day to see off Master The World who rather curled up in the face of a persistent and determined challenger. The handicapper has ensured Third Time Lucky now resides on the cusp of Pattern races given his lofty rating, but there still looks a Heritage Handicap or two within his grasp and conditions should be to his liking.
David O’Meara is a man to be feared in these York handicaps and it would be no surprise to see Lord Of The Land begin to justify some of the hype which made him a 6-1 chance for the Lincoln.
However, he is priced accordingly today and I’d rather risk a small wager on the supposed second string ALFRED HUTCHINSON (Best price 20-1) who could have been drawn better, but has tons of experience in Knavesmire burn ups.

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Third Time Lucky - 0.5pts e/w @ 9/1
Alfred Hutchinson - 0.25pts e/w @ 20/1