Opening pick at York with five places on Sportsbook
Trainer good record with older horses at York
Two picks on the Knavesmire at 15/28.50 and 5/16.00
Olympic Candle was a winner for the column yesterday, although he returned 2/51.40 and a BSP of 1.55 which is slightly embarrassing as I had tipped him at 4/51.80 - which looked a good price I thought, so we cannot crow about an odds-on shot.
What it did do however was highlight the form of trainer Saeed bin Suroor, who had a very impressive winner in Movier Maker yesterday at Newbury who won by half the track, and Dubai Souq also ran well at the Berkshire track in third.
Wild Lion is a horse I have been tracking for a while and he's towards the head of the weights for this 0-95 Class 3 and has performed well in three handicaps this term.
Out of the trio of outings, his win at York over CD in June was a tough performance as he had challengers either side inside the final furlong and dug in despite looking there for the taking - he also hit 29.0028/1 in-running, but was pretty efficient on the clock.
He backed up that run with a fourth once again at York over 1m in softer conditions, but having made the running, he couldn't quite last home, and will certainly suit coming back down to 7f.
The 5yo was too keen at Epsom on his latest run, so I give him another chance back at York and he likes this venue with his front-running style.
Bin Suroor has a good record on the Knavesmire too with his 4yo and upwards horses, with a 21% strike-rate and 36% placed.
Harappan is a horse I had my eye on after an impressive Novice win at Catterick last time, and I had put him up as a selection last month but he was a non-runner.
He goes handicapping for the first time today from a mark of 86 and he'll have to be on his 'A' game in this as he takes on a couple of rivals in form.
However, he is one of the 3yos in the race and he gets weight here from the elders.
Catterick was a fairly ordinary race over 1m4f but he travelled ever so strongly, and his pace could be a big asset here for a stayer as he was quick enough to win over the same trip around Wolverhampton.
He has an interesting profile as his trainer Iain Jardine wouldn't have too many horses that cost 150,000, and that's the price his new owner paid after a debut for previous trainer John Butler.
With form in soft ground, he should be fine with the going today.
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