David O'Meara had a couple of seriously impressive performers at York last week, but one that might have slipped under the radar is Out Do. He was only having his second start since moving from Luca Cumani and travelled extremely well before being badly hampered a furlong out. He looks more than capable of winning a big handicap off his current mark of 91 and granted a clear passage tomorrow he's expected to do just that.
The first to get the nod this competitive seven-furlong handicap is Hadaj who shaped as if a step-up in trip would suit at Ripon last time out when staying on into second behind Angus Og. Prior to that he'd acquitted himself well in a red-hot Newmarket handicap on Guineas Day when fifth behind Goldream and with Ruth Carr's string in fine form of late he looks primed to strike. The other to make the cut is Just Paul who has a 33% strike rate here and won with something in hand at Musselburgh last time, following up an excellent effort at Redcar and suggesting he's still on the upgrade as a four-year-old.
A sole selection will suffice here in the shape of Mick's Yer Man, who won't have any problem with a bit of cut in the ground and whose prominent racing style may seem him avoid any in-running issues that occur so frequently here. He's two from three so far this season and on the back of his win in a listed contest at Ascot last time he's bordering on being a smart performer. Ryan While claims a valuable 5 lb and he should have enough class to defy top weight.
Last year's winner Artistic Jewel looks one to keep on side in this six-furlong event, as she won two listed events in her first two starts last year. She will strip a lot fitter for her reappearance effort at Nottingham and although she's 7 lb higher this time around she looks sure to go close. The other to keep on side is Joyeuse, who shaped better than her third suggested in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury on her reappearance before flattening out in the Guineas. It may be that her strong-travelling style would be more suited to sprint trips and given she won twice over six furlongs as a two-year-old, this looks well within her grasp. Ryan Moore also takes the ride which can only be a positive.
The horse to carry our hopes in the penultimate leg of the perm is Day of The Eagle, who won off 69 on his third start last year and has an ideal opportunity to do the same here. He shaped as if he was coming nicely to the boil at Beverley last time, staying on strongly from mid-field and given that he's been a chance by the handicapper and this trip suits him down to the ground, he looks to have conditions at an optimum.
This looks as competitive renewal of the Silver Bowl Stakes as ever, and although plenty line up with live chances Zarwaan has some excellent form in the book. His win in a six-furlong maiden here last July has produced five subsequent winners with the horse who followed him home remaining unbeaten since, and there was plenty to like about his seasonal reappearance in the Free Handicap at Newbury too. He ran into a good thing in Muwaary on that occasion but shaped extremely well in second and given the likes Brazos, Hors de Combat and Extremity have all won since he looks a sure-fire winner of his opening mark of 92. The other selection is Bilimbi who won a soft-ground Yarmouth maiden in October and confirmed the suspicion he could make an impact in handicaps when running out a comfortable winner at Musselburgh last time. Ryan Moore takes over the ride today with more improvement likely he looks to have an excellent chance.
Leg 1: 2
Leg 2: 9,13
Leg 3: 1
Leg 4: 2,11
Leg 5: 11
Leg 6: 4,11
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