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Our second selection is Richard Fahey's recent recruit Shot In The Sun who improved on her two maiden starts when a fast-finishing second at Yarmouth...
14.30- Seven-furlong maidens are not the easiest of puzzles to solve at the best of times, and today's opening contest is no exception. With many of the runners having question marks hanging over them, including the jolly Atlantic Affair, we will side with two against the field in the hope of keeping the favourite out of the money. Chamberlain, who made an encouraging start to his career when third over five furlongs here in April, before being inconvenienced by a wide in a decent maiden at Pontefract last time, again over the minimum trip, is the first horse we will include. His style so far has suggested a step up in trip won't inconvenience and hopefully he can be on the premises. Our second selection is Richard Fahey's recent recruit Shot In The Sun who improved on her two maiden starts when a fast-finishing second at Yarmouth for David Evans last time. The change of yards may just eke out that bit more improvement, and with the stiff uphill finish almost guaranteed to suit, hopefully she can be in the shake-up.
15.00- It doesn't get any easier in leg two, and once again we side with two runners to try and see us through. Monsieur Royale has only had six starts in his career to date and whilst he has yet to set the world alight this campaign, he arguably was better than the bare result at Thirsk last time when finishing a respectable fifth from what appeared to be an unfavourable centre position. Ted's Brother is not the most consistent to say the least, but he suggested his turn was not far away when just touched off at that same venue a week ago and is our second selection.
15.30- It becomes a little easier in leg three, and whilst questions are beginning to be asked of Dairam following four seconds on the bounce this season, he is unlikely to find an easier opportunity to open his account. Charlie Hills has hit red-hot form the past few days and hopefully Dairam can keep the run going.
16.00- Plenty of in-form horses in leg four and although only the nine runners go to post it looks crucial to go with two to see us through. Reset City has been in good form of late, winning here and narrowly going down at Brighton last time, and he should give his running again. Whilst Tim Easterby's Arc Light looked to be progressing nicely around this trip before finding one and a half miles at York a bit much to handle, he should benefit from the drop back and some give in the ground.
16.30- Leg five doesn't get any easier with most of the field proving pretty inconsistent, nevertheless in our bid to keep the lines down we will take a chance that Badea can push us on to the final leg. Richard Fahey's inmate held his form well on the turf last summer, and made an encouraging debut in the context of this race at Haydock earlier this month and should just about be spot on to today.
17.00- Again, another race where a number of horses appear in good heart based on their last runs, yet Attansky gave his biggest hint yet that career win number one was not far away when narrowly denied over C&D last time and with the cheekpieces on to aid his cause, Tim Easterby's charge shouldn't be too far away.
14:30- 1, 12
15:00- 3, 10
16:00- 4, 8
= 8 lines
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