Four of the best days of the racing calendar commence at York this afternoon where the action on the track is matched by the fashion and party atmosphere that is as good as it gets on an English racecourse.
Apart from the splendour of the occasion, racegoers also get value for money with the champagne reasonably priced and I expect Idaho to be a major contributor to the bubbly fund with victory in the Group 2 Betway Great Voltigeur Stakes (3.05).
The Galileo colt has had to chase the not inconsiderable shadow of Harzand on three occasions this season but his efforts against the Dermot Weld-trained juggernaut in the English and Irish Derbies make the 10-11 on offer look like Christmas has come early.
Idaho was one of five Aidan O’Brien representatives in the Investec Derby at Epsom and was only surpassed by the Ryan Moore-ridden US Army Ranger in the Ballydoyle pecking order as he finishes third, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Harzand and with Moore on board in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh at the end of June the gap to the winner was narrowed to only half a length.
On form he stands head and shoulders above his rivals and he should simply outclass this opposition with a 4pt win recommended.
Any horse that Willie Mullins sends over the Irish Sea has to be examined closely and Renneti could well make his journey worthwhile in the Fine Equinity Stakes (4.20).
The Rich Ricci-owned seven-year-old was placed in the Grade 3 Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot last December and made the frame in the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham in November but his best flat form also bears inspection and his effort when fourth, beaten a length and a half, to Grumeti in the Cesarewitch Handicap over two and a quarter miles at Newmarket last October out him right in the mix.
Renneti appears to have been readied for this valuable handicap as he had a pipe-opener over an inadequate mile and a half at the Curragh in June, then performed much better in a QR Handicap over an extended two miles at Galways in July when fourth, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Swamp Fox.
He may not have been handed the best of draws in stall 15 but he is a hold-up horse who should be cherry ripe with two runs under his belt and could be delivered to perfection by Pat Smullen on the wide expanses of the Knavesmire. He looks worth a 1pt each way recommendation which will, hopefully, bring reward.