The Racing Paper - - Opinion - PAUL MULRENNAN

When you’re drawn on the wide out­side of 19 run­ners for one of the big hand­i­caps of the sea­son, you’re go­ing to be re­ly­ing on a large slice of luck, and then a lit­tle more.

I might be get­ting my ex­cuses in early but Mas­ter The World has been given a very tricky draw in­deed in the 59th John Smith’s Cup Hand­i­cap at York.

That’s a shame as I re­ally like the look of the horse. He’s a class act as we saw when he won the Win­ter Derby in Fe­bru­ary and was fourth in the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes last time. He’s top-rated and top-weight for a rea­son.

I was suc­cess­ful for David Elsworth and the same own­ers when part­ner­ing Sir Dancealot to win a nice race at Hamilton in June, so hope­fully we can have some more joy here, de­spite the draw.

I do like David’s other run­ner, Dash Of Spice. He was a most im­pres­sive win­ner of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh Stakes at Royal As­cot and will take some beat­ing.

Ear­lier on the card, our good friend, Get Knot­ted, is back out again at his favourite track when he lines up for the John Smith’s Rac­ing Hand­i­cap.

He’s step­ping back up to a mile, a trip he was third over at the Ebor Fes­ti­val three years ago, and it was a toss-up between this race and a six­fur­long hand­i­cap at As­cot.

He ran into a good one at York last time out so it was no dis­grace get­ting clos­est to Above The Rest, who has since gone on to win at Group Three level. As al­ways, he’ll be in the shake-up and I would never put any­one off backing him at York.

My other ride is Lin­coln Park, who I high­lighted as a two-year-old to watch prior to his fourth at York last month.

He was 33-1 that day but I was con­fi­dent he would out­run those odds and he was only beaten two and a half lengths in the end. That was a big step up from his de­but at Pontefract, where he was a long last. Trainer Tony Coyle has al­ways rated him and he’ll im­prove again, that’s for sure. He runs in the John Smith’s Novice Me­dian Auc­tion Stakes and is all speed.

The big race of the day is the Dar­ley July Cup at New­mar­ket and, while I think Blue Point, the im­pres­sive Royal As­cot win­ner, is the one to beat, I think Sands Of Mali has an each-way shout at around 8-1.

He was an ex­cel­lent sec­ond in the Com­mon­wealth Cup and I reckon there’s still more im­prove­ment to come from him.

Look­ing back at last week, I was de­lighted to give Julie Ca­ma­cho her first Group win­ner, when Ju­di­cial won the Co­ral Charge at Sandown. He’s still on the up­grade and you never know when these sprint­ers will stop im­prov­ing. As long as he doesn’t cross paths with Mabs Cross too of­ten!

Last Fri­day, Que Amoro won well at Bev­er­ley for Peter Ap­ple­ton and Anne El­liot. She won nicely in a good time and there were a lot of pos­i­tives to take out of the race.

The other one who will be win­ning is Queens Gift, who was a close sec­ond, again at Bev­er­ley. Look out for her step­ping up in trip over six fur­longs next time.

Paul is spon­sored by Rac­ing UK, which is of­fer­ing a FREE Day Pass to­day so you can watch more than 40 races for free and with­out a con­tract. Find out more at www.racin­­day­pass

Im­prov­ing: Sands of Mali

Pop­u­lar grey: Mas­ter The World

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