The Channel 4 programme begins a little bit later today at York so we are not covering the first race live, but that won’t stop me having a bet on Udontdodou in the opening handicap (2.20). He was quite impressive at Thirsk last time and he represents a trainer that is not prone to making outlandish statements about his horses. It was quite striking to see Richard Guest so bullish about him afterwards and although the quality of opposition that day left a little to be desired, the nature of the performance was really quite impressive. In an ideal world I would have liked to have seen him drawn a little lower given there appears to have been a notable bias towards the far side on the straight course this week but I think he could be well enough handicapped to overcome that.

The Listed fillies’ race (2.55) for two-year-old's might be ripe for an upset. Likely favourite Boater has missed a few engagements recently which is a bit of a concern, and the level of form set by Stormy Clouds is useful but by no means insurmountable. As such, I’m quite interested in Amlak who posted a perfectly reasonable debut in what could have been quite a warm fillies’ maiden at Ascot last week. She was quite strong in the market that day and it’s interesting that connections are pitching her into this grade so quickly. I’ve got a feeling she may have landed on quite a winnable race and at double figure odds she makes a fair bit of appeal.

Czabo is the horse I like in the 3.30. Any filly that can beat the colts in a handicap as competitive as the Esher Cup early in their 3yo season has got to be well worth keeping a close eye on when moving into pattern company and it’s true to say that she didn’t just beat the colts that day, she inhaled them as if they were standing still at a track where it’s quite difficult to look impressive. The question mark about her today is the ground as conditions will be much quicker on the Knavesmire, but I’m happy to take my chance with her given her price. I’ve got nothing negative to say about Nemoralia who ran some cracking races last season, but my belief is that the Mick Channon filly could be just as good and she’s a much bigger price.

The Yorkshire Cup (4.05) doesn't looka vintage renewal and, with the ground probably having gone against Clever Cookie, I’m going to have a dart at Curbyourenthusiasm, who progressed so rapidly last season that I don’t think it is inconceivable that he can improve again. He loves firm ground, he’s a really physically imposing horse and there is every chance he still hasn’t reached his peak. I thought he was more than impressive in the Mallard, which is one of the best staying handicaps of the season, and I don’t think he’s a forlorn hope here despite the fact that he’s got around a stone to find with some of these on official ratings.
Curbyourenthusiasm - 1pt @ 10/1