Daryl Carter Tips

Daryl Carter's Tips: 10/3 Klondike to relish Saturday's stamina test at York

Daryl Carter.
Daryl Carter likes William Haggas' Klondike at York

Daryl Carter has six Saturday selections and looks to William Haggas at York to provide him with a NAP winner...

  • Two-pronged attack at Sandown with unexposed handicappers

  • Now is the time to back Klondike

  • Symbology much overpriced and can relish the fast-paced Scurry Stakes

Ryan Moore Superboost

Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore rides the well-fancied James's Delight in the ultra competitive 6f handicap at York (15:35) today, and if you fancy the combination to finish in the top eight then you can back it now at the super-boosted price of 1/12.00 (from 4/71.57)

*An additional selection was added to this column at 07:30 on Saturday morning.

14:05 Sandown - Back Flying Frontier @ 6/17.00 1pt

The James Tate yard has had winners first time up this season, and I hope that will be the case with his Flying Frontier--6/17.00 on the Betfair Sportsbook. His four-year-old looks well handicapped based on his productive three-year-old season last term, and if he picks up where he left off, he should prove tough to beat from this rating of 95.

The four-year-old had had the beating the now 93-rated recent Haydock winner Iron Lion twice (including when giving him 7 lb), Crystal Delight (105), and Royal Dubai (111), among others last term, and he left the ceiling of his ability unknown particularly as his final effort at Yarmouth clocked an outstanding time figure.

The fast ground and stiff Sandown track will be positives, and James Doyle has been booked for this seasonal return (22%), during which he will break from stall five and gain a prominent early position. In the hope he is fit and well, he has no excuse not to put up a good showing.

6/17.00 is the basement price for followers.

14:05 Sandown - Back Mascapone @ 8/19.00 1pt

Mascapone - 8/19.00 on the Betfair Sportsbook - is feared most and could be another that is well ahead of the handicapper if putting his best foot forward. He is a more significant price elsewhere with the Sportsbook ducking him, but 8/19.00 seems more than fair.

He has been sitting in the tracker since October 2022 when he was an unlucky loser at Newmarket in a handicap off today's mark behind two very lightly raced Charlie Appleby runners and the 97-rated William Haggas filly Mystic Pearl. That was a busy finish that day, but there's no doubt the fifth left the UK with a rating close to 90, and the eighth is now rated 91.

His draw in stall 15 should pose little issue given how he is ridden from off the pace and he caught the eye at Newcastle from an unpromising position on his seasonal return. Connections also have him entered next week's Royal Hunt Cup, so I don't want to let him pass without him on my side. Back the pair at no shorter than their advised odds.

14:40 Sandown - Back Symbology @ 12/113.00 1pt

The value in this race lays with Symbology - 12/113.00 on the Betfair Sportsbook - who shaped better than the bare result on her seasonal return at Newbury, having been denied a clear passage, and her pedigree points to this drop in trip as a big positive.

She held plenty of promise last term, ending with a four-length eighth at Newmarket in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes. That was a good effort, considering she looked all at sea on the undulations and couldn't find her footing.

She had some tough asks last term, but her best performance came at York, and there, she left the impression that a move down in distance may suit her. Her Dam was better over the minimum distance, as was her Sire, Havana Grey, so she looks worth chancing today, having not rid the mind of the promise she offered last season.

Today's stiff five furlongs in a race with plenty of pace should be right up her street. Furthermore, her draw in stall eight should ensure William Buick gets a clear shot at things down the outside of the field.

At 10/111.00 or bigger she offers some fair value.

15:00 York - Back Klondike @ 10/34.33 2pt

There's little doubt Klondike--10/34.33 on the Betfair Sportsbook--was disappointing in a handicap last time on his seasonal return, but he was weak in the market and ran too free. I am happy to put that down to my error of judgment, and today looks like a far more suitable assignment now that he is race-fit and moving up in distance.

The William Haggas runner shaped well enough at the death here last month to suggest and confirm my suspicions that he is crying out for this move back to 1m6f. His form last term is very strong, and he has such an unexposed profile that it's hard to believe he doesn't have more to offer.

It may turn out that his handicap effort last month was a prep run for this assignment - a race the yard has won twice in recent years with four-year-olds Roberto Escobarr and Dal Harraild and finished second with Raheen House. Ryan Moore is an obvious positive in the saddle, and any rain that falls and turns this into a stiff test will suit. He makes most appeal at 11/43.75 or bigger.

15:20 Chester - Back Teraabb @ 12/113.00 1pt

Teraabb -12/113.00 on the Betfair Sportsbook - has a bit to prove following a disappointing run at Ascot last time, but he is not short of speed, and the move back down to seven furlongs is a plus. He showed a tremendous turn of foot to claw back Dashing Darcey on his seasonal return at Newbury, and that form ties in closely with the favourite Witness Stand.

Witness Stand is undoubtedly the form horse in this field, but stall 12 will be no help to him. If the selection can put his latest effort behind him, he doesn't have much to find to be competitive.

The Goodwood race both Brunel National and Blue Prince yield from is strong form, but a line ties the selection into that from through his narrow defeat to Placo - so that's not been dismissed.

In the hope of a more positive ride from Callum Shepherd, he gets the vote to put it all together and has flown under the radar a bit here. 8/19.00 or bigger is acceptable.

15:35 York - Back Elmonjed @ 13/27.50 1pt

After doing further work on this race, I don't want to let Elmonjed - 13/27.50 on the Betfair Sportsbook - go without some of my support.

The bottom line is that he looks well-handicapped. He was well supported at York from 3.052/1 into 2.6813/8 before the off to confirm that was the general consensus, but it was a laboured display. The post-race comments will have you believe that he was "outpaced", but that wasn't the case, and it may just be that he is a lazy horse.

The cheekpieces were initially considered a strange move, but having re-watched his races and how he has won, this headgear could be the making of him. He took an age to get going on debut and only did enough at Haydock when he cared for some useful rivals. There is no doubt in my mind that he is well-treated. He was gelded before his debut, having reportedly been misbehaving--perhaps this ties in with the reasoning for using the cheekpieces.

It's always a concern when Jim Crowley is not riding a Shadwell horse. Still, Chris Hayes rides for the owner outfit in Ireland and flies in for this one ride today. Coupled with his excellent 50% strike rate for William Haggas, it's easy to see that booking is positive.

This is a hot race for the grade, but Elmojed is a promising prospect. It's too early to give up on him, and he may improve significantly for his seasonal return last time out - the same angle used for Klondike.

He looks overpriced and is a bet at 5/16.00 or bigger.

Now Read: Daryl's Royal Ascot three horses to follow.

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2024 P/L = Next update (monthly) JULY 1st

2024 P/L = +59.85.43 ROI 12.67%

BSP P/L = +64.5 ROI 13.66%

2024 P/L Ante-post = -1


2021 P/L = +187pts 12% ROI

2022 P/L = + 137.1pts ROI 8.72% +22.7pts BSP 1.44% ROI

2023 P/L = +112.63pts ROI 8.86% +99.4pts BSP 7.84% ROI

2023 P/L (Incl ante) Total = +146.63 ROI 11.5%


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