Our expert reveals his best tips for four races on the first day of the York Ebor festival.
The first race of the Ebor Festival is a tough one to call, but the one to have caught my eye at a big price is SOLDIER’S MINUTE .
He put in some decent performances on the All-Weather towards the end of the year and finished a decent third last time out here behind Musicka.
He has plenty of experience on this course so I’m hoping he can get in among the places.
There is a great deal of hype around DARAIN and I think he’ll come out on top in this Group 2.
He has won two races from two, dominant displays at Newbury and Newmarket, and I think he is going to be very tough to beat here.
Keep your eyes on BERKSHIRE ROCCO for Andrew Balding at a bigger price, though.
He has finished runner-up to English King, a one-time Derby favourite, and Santiago, who won the Irish Derby.
That’s some very strong form and I expect him to outrun his odds.
It is the first Group 1 of the week next, the Juddmonte International, and I think MAGICAL is being overlooked here.
The mare is an absolute superstar, with 11 wins from 18, and has also finished runner-up behind Enable on three occasions.
She’s won three Group 1s on the bounce since her disappointing run in the Arc and I think she looks better than ever.
TOUSSAROK was a smart winner on debut and wasn’t too far behind Darvel last time out at Ayr.
In those famous John Dance colours, and considering Mark Johnston’s incredible record with two-year-olds, I think this is a nice each-way bet to close the day.
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