Through The Card: York, Friday August 19

It's Nunthorpe day on Friday at York
It's Nunthorpe day on Friday at York

Timeform take you through the card at York on Friday, picking out a suggested Placepot perm as well as a recommended bet.

"Rain is scheduled for Friday, and if it does arrive then Easton Angel's stablemate MECCA'S ANGEL (15), winner of the race last year, will be the one to beat..."

13:55 - Despite maintaining a distinctly below-par strike-rate on the Knavesmire, Mark Johnston looks the key trainer in this race. Stars Over The Sea - a fine third at Goodwood before running away with a handicap at Pontefract earlier this month - is respected, however the presence of fellow prominent racers Odeon, Dominada (first-time cheekpieces) and Barsanti, could hinder his chances of an easy lead. What it should ensure, however, is a strong tempo throughout and that will suit YORKIDDING (6). The dual C&D winner has been in fine form of late and her effort when sixth in a listed race at Dusseldorf last time can be forgiven (met trouble). Meanwhile, the return to a flat track will suit SHAKOPEE (7) who clearly didn't enjoy the undulations of Goodwood last time.

14:30 - TRIP TO PARIS (6) looks banker material for the Placepot here. Ed Dunlop's charge won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last term, before two creditable efforts in Australia including a two lengths fourth of 24 in the Melbourne Cup (Handicap) at Flemington. He shaped encouragingly when third to Scottish in a listed race at Newbury on his return from injury, over an inadequate trip, and will relish the return to two miles here. Clever Cookie looks the biggest danger, having won the Yorkshire Cup over C&D (by half a length from Curbyourenthusiasm) in May. He wasn't seen to best effect in the Gold Cup last time, left with a lot to do. Pallasator finished ahead of four of these rivals when second in the Goodwood Cup last time and he can confirm that form.

3:05 - No cast-iron certainties for front-running duties here and that may compromise the claims of Nemoralia. She narrowly tops weight-adjusted ratings and made a striking impression when winning a listed race here in May and has produced respectable efforts since, in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot (second to Qemah) and Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly. She drops in trip back to seven furlongs and also takes on her elders for the first time. Preference instead is for FLASH FIRE (2) who won the Victoria Cup at Ascot in May and also ran well in valuable events at Newmarket (Bunbury Cup, close fifth) and Ascot (fourth of 24 to Librisa Breeze). Likely outsider JALLOTA (4) also makes some appeal. His York record - albeit achieved at a lower level - reads 114 and he is likely to be ridden prominently, which could be an advantage. Forge is respected after his smart half-length second to Thikriyaat at Goodwood last time but his coltish pre-race antics are still cause for some concern.

3:40 - Brando is respected, having gone close at the track before, as is Goldream who will come on for his Goodwood outing, however the first Placepot selection is EASTON ANGEL (18). Frankie Dettori finally gets the leg-up on Michael Dods' filly who is likely to be delivered as late as possible. A strong tempo is assured, with plenty of pace all across the track, and a bold bid is expected. Rain is scheduled for Friday, and if it does arrive then Easton Angel's stablemate MECCA'S ANGEL (15), winner of the race last year, will be the one to beat. She bounced back from her King's Stand flop when winning well at the Curragh (Brando second) last month. King's Stand winner Profitable has ruled the roost over the minimum trip this year and is respected accordingly, though she was only 10th in this race last year, while July Cup winner Limato (who was also fourth in the Lockinge over a mile) also has a good chance, though the five furlong trip is an unknown.

4:20 - BLACK TRILBY (2) and RIVET (9) could be the two to focus on here. The former improved on his debut when a half-length third of 13 to Lockheed in a strong-looking maiden at Goodwood last time, despite still being green, while Rivet is a brother to Out And About and shaped with promise when second in a maiden at Ascot on debut; he looks sure to improve. Capezzano, whose dam is from the family of Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Speightstown, and Via Serendipity, whose sales price rose to 320,000 guineas at the breeze-ups, look the most interesting newcomers, though a second glance must be cast towards Upgrade who represents a yard that often send their best juveniles to the Knavesmire.

4:55 - Plenty of pace on here which should suit OH THIS IS US (1) who continues to improve. Richard Hannon's charge completed a hat-trick at Goodwood in May and returned to winning ways in a five-runner event at Newmarket last time. A 4 lb rise might not be enough to stop another big run. Recent Chester winner VISCOUNT BARFIELD (12) is firmly on an upward curve and a mark of 88 still looks lenient - he won with plenty in hand despite his rider dropping the reins. Arcanada is respected, though he might not relish being taken on for the lead over this mile trip, while Twin Sails has improved since being fitted with blinkers. Recent Goodwood runner-up Bobby Wheeler is also considered with the return to a mile in his favour.

Recommendations:

Back MECCA'S ANGEL each way in the 15:40 at York

13:55 - 6, 7
14:30 - 6
15:05 - 2, 4
15:40 - 15, 18
16:20 - 2, 9
16:55 - 1, 12

Placepot permutation:
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