1.50 Race To The Ebor Jorvik Handicap (Class 2) (4yo+)
This is a minefield of a handicap to start the card on Day One of York’s May Meeting. Many of the horses at the top of the handicap are potential Group-class performers and could end up being rated well above their current handicap marks.
Proschema is a very interesting runner based on his course form from last season. Much of his form is over 1m 6f and this race, run over 12f, could be run to suit a stayer. The long home straight could play into his strengths and he showed he likes York with a close finish behind the Godolphin trained Ghostwatch last season.
2.25 Infinity Tyres Handicap (Class 2) (4yo+ 0-105, 6f)
Sandras Secret is a horse that I have waited for to return to action this year. She ran respectably enough at Pontefract first time out this year and then was drawn on the wrong side when finishing last at Ripon last time out. Silvestre De Sousa has a good association with this mare as he won a course-and-distance race on her last season off a pound-higher rating. This is a tough race, but if she gets away quickly she could be solid each-way value.
3.00 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes (Group 2) (Class 1) (3yo+, 6f)
My nap of Day One runs in this race where we see the Jim Crowley-ridden Yafta (9/2) take his place. This horse was very unlucky on his first run this season when he finished a head second to Keystroke at Newmarket. The notebook watchers would have noticed this run a mile off as he had to be switched right despite hanging left and was unlucky not to get there in the final strides. Should take a lot of beating.
3.35 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes (Group 3) (Fillies) (Class 1) (3yo, 10f56y)
If anyone followed the markets for the Lingfield Oaks Trial last weekend, they would have seen Frankellina (4/1) was at the forefront of the betting. She was eventually pulled out of the contest York patrons will now be able to see this filly in the Musidora, in which she is forecast to be a bigger price. The William Haggas stable won this last season with Give And Take and I can see them repeating the feat with Frankellina this time around. She is a very unexposed filly who is extremely well bred and could be high up the market for the Oaks at Epsom after this race.
4.05 Conundrum Rowing For Christian Hobbs Gym Handicap (Class 3) (3yo 0-95, 7f)
There is a potential blot on the handicap in this race with the unexposed Space Blues carrying joint top-weight for Charlie Appleby and jockey James Doyle. This horse for me is a potential Group horse running in a handicap. He was very impressive first time up at Nottingham when winning his maiden and then went up in grade to finish fourth to King Ottokar in a Conditions race at Newbury. He pulled far too hard in that race and never settled. He was beaten at odds-on last time out but I would ignore that completely. The bigger field I think will really suit him today.
4.35 5f British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) (Class 3) (2yo, 5f)
With no real form on show it may pay to follow the breeding and I am a big fan of horses by Society Rock, considering that the ground will be on the quick side. Bomb Proof is a very interesting runner for Jeremy Noseda. The booking of Frankie Dettori says a lot for this horse’s chance and he could be value against the two horses at the top of the race-card who have won already and will race carrying penaltiesy.
5.05 Lindum Construction Group Handicap (Class 4) (4yo+ 0-85, 1m3f188y))
Starcaster is the horse who catches the eye for the value punters in this race with the booking of Jamie Spencer really standing out. He went up four pounds in the ratings for finishing second last time out at Thirsk and this hold-up performer could be a perfect horse for Jamie to work his magic on. Trainer Jedd O Keeffe really knows the time of day with many of his dual-purpose stable stars. Big chance.