Through The Card: York, Friday July 22
Timeform take you through the card at York on Friday evening.
"She had previously produced a career-best to make a successful return from over seven months off the track over this C&D..."
18:00 - Cote d'Azur regained the winning thread with a decisive victory at Chelmsford on Tuesday and, with a significant rise in the weights sure to be imminent, connections have understandably taken the decision to turn him out quickly under a 6 lb penalty. He still needs to prove his effectiveness on turf, but should be thereabouts if arriving here in the same form. He is joined in the Placepot by Al Nasser Alwashik, who shaped well on his handicap debut and could yet be capable of better after just four starts in his short career to date.
18:30 - Field Game returned to form with a comfortable success at Newbury seven days ago, appearing to appreciate the drop in class and taking advantage of a mark far removed from the one he was given at the end of a productive two-year-old campaign. He escapes a penalty for that belated victory here and, although his inconsistent profile is an obvious concern, he makes more appeal than most for Placepot purposes. Apricot Sky fared better than the bare result when fifth at Beverley last time and - a comfortable winner at Ripon last month - he is also considered with the Placepot in mind.
19:00 - Tommy Taylor looked a fairly useful prospect when second on his racecourse debut at Haydock three weeks ago, closing all the way to the line and simply finding a more experienced rival too good on the day. That form leaves him 4 lb clear of those with previous experience on Timeform ratings here and - sure to improve with that initial outing under his belt - he is fancied to get the better of some interesting newcomers and looks the most solid proposition in the Placepot.
19:30 - Diploma shaped as if still in good form when fifth on her most recent outing at Royal Ascot, keeping on well to get within five lengths of the winner and giving the impression a return to this longer trip would see her in an even better light. She had previously produced a career-best to make a successful return from over seven months off the track over this C&D and, with the edge over the highly tried Fireglow on Timeform ratings, Diploma is fancied to gain some valuable black type with victory in this fourth leg of the Placepot.
20:00 - Muntadab looked unlucky not to finish closer when fourth at Ascot two weeks ago, delivering his challenge sooner than ideal and giving way to three more conservatively ridden rivals in the final furlong. The handicapper has dropped him 1 lb on the back of that effort and he looks to hold sound claims off a mark just 3 lb higher than when successful at Doncaster in April. He is joined in the Placepot by Mont Ras, who is beginning to look dangerously well-handicapped and has a promising claimer taking off 7 lb at a venue where he has done well in the past.
20:30 - Discreet Hero failed to meet market expectations when fourth on his most recent outing at Windsor, but didn't get the strong pace that he needs on that occasion and deserves another chance to confirm the promise of his earlier victory at this venue. He looked a useful sprinter when quickening through to lead that day and, with this representing a far weaker race than he has been contesting of late, Discreet Hero is fancied to bounce back in this final leg of the Placepot.
Back Diploma in the 19:30 at York
18:00 - 2, 7
18:30 - 8, 13
19:00 - 7
19:30 - 7
20:00 - 1, 5
20:30 - 1
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