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New­mar­ket 1.50 - Ai­dan O’Brien holds a strong hand which is to be ex­pected with these late sea­son ju­ve­nile events, and his pair Syd­ney Opera House and Nor­way de­serve max­i­mum re­spect.

Syd­ney Opera House ran a bel­ter in the Royal Lodge two weeks ago here and would be my pref­er­ence of the two. But it’s WALD­STERN who will be car­ry­ing my money as I ex­pect plenty of im­prove­ment from him now he is stepped up in trip. He got beat tlast time at Hay­dock but by a good horse, Kadar, who just had too much speed for him. Wald­stern didn’t stop gal­lop­ing or tire, he just lacked the elec­tric turn of foot that the win­ner showed.

York 2.05 - I’m glad to see David Egan has re­tained the ride on MOUN­TAIN AN­GEL (NAP) af­ter he made the mis­take of kick­ing too early last time. He had the race tied up two fur­longs out but tied up in the last 100 yards and a fast fin­isher pipped him on the line. The test­ing ground prob­a­bly didn’t help but ei­ther way, he should have won. A 4lb rise is harsh but I think he is still ahead of his mark. New­mar­ket 2.25 - Although I paid a com­pli­ment to Kadar ear­lier on, I am not too sure he will be suited to the un­du­la­tions of New­mar­ket. He is a big leggy type who wouldn’t look out of place in a Chel­tenham Gold Cup pad­dock and I worry for a horse with such lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence run­ning sec­ond time out at New­mar­ket.

Not many horses come over from the O’Brien yard these days that aren’t sired by Galileo but MAGNA GRE­CIA is one of few on that list. This son of In­vin­ci­ble Spirit won cosily on de­but and would have learnt plenty un­der Ryan Moore. A lovely mover and a horse with plenty of scope edges the vote in this strong look­ing con­test.

York 2.40 - I don’t think this is a par­tic­u­larly strong re­newal of the Rock­ing­ham. There­fore I am go­ing to take a flyer and plump for FUENTE trained by Keith Dal­gleish. He has shown plenty of speed and his run last time out in the Sire­nia Stakes looks strong form with the win­ner win­ning the Mill Reef next time. In an open race I think he will be well worth an each way play. New­mar­ket 3.00 - I’m not sure why San­gar­ius is so close to TOO DARN HOT in the bet­ting be­cause I am of the be­lief that Too Darn Hot is just Too Darn Good. He has shown su­per­star qual­i­ties in all of his races and his win in the Cham­pagne stakes showed he can dig in and win ugly as well. He just looks a cut above ev­ery­thing else. York 3.15 - As much as I think the hand­i­cap­per was harsh for putting Moun­tain An­gel up 4lbs for not win­ning, I think he has been ex­tremely le­nient with FLY­ING PUR­SUIT (NB) by leav­ing him on the same mark af­ter a third in the Ayr Gold Cup. He raced alone up the Ayr straight and showed up well con­sid­er­ing the horses tak­ing a lead off him faded miles from home. He loves soft ground, he loves York and he loves Rachel Richard­son so at 8/1 he rates as one of my bets of the day. New­mar­ket 3.40 - It is im­por­tant to note that no horse in the past five years has won this race car­ry­ing more than 8st 8lb and I ad­vise you to look to­wards the bot­tom of the race card.

The glas­gow war­rior is one of my favourites but I have con­cerns over the ex­treme trip. BLUE RAM­BLER how­ever, should rel­ish the test and is weighted to run very well. Ian Wil­liams’ charge was sixth in the race two sea­sons ago off a 9lb higher mark and he has been laid out for the race this time around.

I am qui­etly con­fi­dent he will be able to go very close at a huge price.

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