HE CAN DANCE OFF WITH YORK PRIZE
months ago and could dance rings round most sprinters.
But if you study the official ratings there is only 1lb between him, the unbeaten Lightning Moon, Naadirr (who won here in September last year) and Mattmu, trained by Tim Easterby who was among the winners on Monday.
This should be one hell of a finish. Get the magnifying glass out.
But it’s ASTAIRE for us, Ms Rodgers.
You will know the fate of your money about a furlong out.
He leads. He does not like to see another horse.
Each time he has won here (twice) he has looked like being reeled in only to quicken again.
Keep the stakes small because this is so hot but Astaire can have us singing in the rain. Or the sunshine, not checked the weather forecast to be honest.
A half-hour later we get the Musidora Stakes (3.45).
A £100,000 conditions race which has attracted the lessthan-princely total of FIVE runners. For a Group 3?
You despair of owners and trainers moaning about the lack of prize-money in racing and when York sticks up 100k for a Group 3, which is well short of top class competition . . . what do they get? A naphand. Shoddy. Aidan O’Brien sends out Together Forever and on figures the four-timer seeking filly ought to be good enough.
But the Ballydoyle genius has never won this and, be fair, he has won most things.
On the other hand John Gosden (pictured) has won it twice in the last four years and he saddles the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Newbury) winner STAR OF SEVILLE.
There is a bit of a concern that Will Buick who rode both of Gosden’s recent winners is aboard Charlie Hills’ Pandora and there will be plenty who will try to open her box (sorry, again).
But that little Italian Dettori fella is a fair sub, not in the most awful form, is he?
So we will locate to the land of the oranges.
Only two have won over this distance. The selection and Pandora.
But the form of Pandora’s Doncaster maiden win does not exactly poke your eye out.
So it’s the Spanish lass for us.