Saturday Racing Tips: Candy colt set to be a sweet success at York

Will Henry Candy strike with Charles Molson at York today?
Will Henry Candy strike with Charles Molson at York today?

It's the calm before the storm in the racing world with some low-key but competitive action on the box on Saturday afternoon before next week's Royal Ascot meeting, and our man Tony Calvin has found three double-figure selections for you to consider...

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Back Charles Molson @ 11.010/1 or better - York 15:50

Back Enobled @ 13.012/1 or better - Sandown 14:20

Back Trader Jack @ 17.016/1 or better - Sandown 14:20

Two thoughts entered my head when looking at Saturday's racing.

The first was that the racing looks incredibly tricky, and it is a day to keep stakes low, with a host of top-class sport elsewhere.

And the second was that, with Royal Ascot just around the corner, the sport really doesn't do itself any favours on days like this. There are eight meetings in the UK alone on Saturday, so no gentle easing into one of racing's greatest showcase meetings for jockeys, trainers, or us punters.

So good luck to RUK trying to shoehorn Musselburgh, Chester, Sandown and York into their Saturday afternoon coverage, though it does at least give them a chance to practice juggling too many racing balls ahead of next week.

The new broadcasters of Royal Ascot are going be faced with trying to cover three afternoon meetings on occasions next week, and on Saturday they are also set to show racing from Ayr, Newmarket and Redcar in the afternoon.

If they show the races from all those four meetings, their Royal Ascot coverage and analysis must suffer, and it is about time that that common sense prevailed and RUK and ATR found a way of transferring fixtures to each other on overly-busy, high-profile days like this. After all, the two channels have a joint commercial arm.

However, common sense and flexibility is sometimes in short supply in horseracing - witness those Grand National shenanigans with the jockeys earlier in the week - but hopefully not here today, as I reckon that Charles Molson is the bet of the day in the 15:50 at York.

Back him at odds of 11.010/1 or better.

The excellent Michael Appleby is very keen on the chances of his Danzeno in this race and the impressive Newmarket winner is greatly respected.

But Charles Molson could be a very well-treated opponent. He was a morning springer in the market before drifting near the off on his Sandown reappearance, and ran well enough in fourth, but it was his fifth at Newmarket last time that indicated that he could be a lot better than his mark of 90.

He got no sort of run that day, and I reckon if he had seen daylight in the final furlong he would have won comfortably.

Of course, luck in running plays a massive part in sprint handicaps and will do here, but hopefully his jockey can negotiate himself a clear passage from stall one. Henry Candy hasn't had the best of seasons, but he has had three winners in the last week, which is obviously very encouraging.

Elsewhere, in the Channel 4 races at York, I think Mica Mika could go well in the opener, and Fencing would be my selection in the 15:15, but nothing else on the card really strikes me as a bet.

Fury must go very close in the 14:40 after an eye-catchingly good run at Epsom last time, and he is now a very well-handicapped horse, and one with winning form at this course. The only downside is his likely short price, though he hit 7.06/1 or bigger I'd make him a bet.

I can't see much of angle in the Channel 4 race at Musselburgh at 15:35 - though if pressed Tangerine Trees would be my long-price punt in there - but there is a horse worth chancing in the 1m handicap at 14:20 at Sandown.

Back Enobled at odds of 13.012/1 or better.

The stable thought that they may have a potential Group horse on their hands with this beautifully bred colt after he won his Goodwood maiden last season, which his why he was sent off a 6-5 favourite off a mark of 89 on his handicap debut at Haydock three weeks later.

But he disappointed there, and has done in his two starts since too, finishing last here last season and dropping away tamely on his reappearance at Newbury.

It could well be that the horse will never live up to early expectations, and is a morning glory.

But he continues to work the house down at home and I just think that more patient tactics than employed at Newbury and a dropping handicap mark of 84 - and more importantly far bigger odds than I was expecting - could see him worth chancing here. He looks very well handicapped on that Goodwood win, form which worked out very well.

Trader Jack is definitely worth a saver at 17.016/1 or better though, despite being drawn 16 of 16.

Although running well, he hasn't quite had the pace to get his head in front over 6f/7f this season, but he is fully effective over this trip and well-handicapped on his summer 2013 form, which included a fourth to Prince of Johanne, Es Que Love and Wentworth over course and distance last July. And he also finished a fair fifth in this race last season off a 4lb higher mark, too.

Elsewhere on the Sandown card, Reroute would be my alternative to favourite G Force in the 14:55, but I will just stick with the three small-stakes plays today.

Keep that powder dry for five days at Ascot.

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Back Charles Molson @ 11.010/1 or better - York 15:50
Back Enobled @ 13.012/1 or better - Sandown 14:20
Back Trader Jack @ 17.016/1 or better - Sandown 14:20

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