Through The Card: York, Friday May 13

The Group 2 Yorkshire Cup is the feature race at York on Friday
The Group 2 Yorkshire Cup is the feature race at York on Friday

Timeform take you through the card on the final day of York's Dante Meeting on Friday.

"...but she looked progressive beforehand, and the booking of Andrea Atzeni (a Jockey Uplift on the Timeform Race Card) catches the eye..."

14:20 - Just That Lord has been transformed since going handicapping, improving another chunk to win in impressive fashion at Windsor this month, and he should take plenty of stopping under a 6-lb penalty (he's 6 lb clear on the Timeform weight-adjusted ratings). Discreet Hero wasn't seen to best effect behind the selection at Wolverhampton and looks a serious danger, while Udontdodou and Teresar shouldn't be overlooked, either. Chances are we'll need at least three for the Placepot.

14:55 - Stormy Clouds is progressing fast, making short work of her rivals at Salisbury 12 days ago, and she can go one better than the same connections' Tiggy Wiggy managed in this listed race in 2014. Boater is a big danger, however, having won one division of the Kempton maiden (in March) Tiggy Wiggy made her successful debut in two years ago (Boater's stablemate Chupalla beat Stormy Clouds in the other division, which was run in a faster time). Perfect Madge was caught further back than ideal when second to Fiery Character in a maiden at Newmarket on her debut and makes most appeal of the others, for all that race perhaps hasn't worked out as expected.

15:30 - Nemoralia is a Group/Grade 1 filly judged on her unlucky third (left with too much to do) in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland last October and she looks the one to beat in this listed race for fillies back under Frankie Dettori. That said, Czabo won well in what looked a competitive Sandown handicap on her return and also remains with plenty of potential, as does Rockfel Stakes runner-up Thetis who has loads of physical scope and may well be suited by the step up to a mile given her dam is a half-sister to the top-class St Leger winner Conduit. For Placepot purposes, it could actually pay to take Czabo and Thetis and leave Nemoralia out.

16:05 - Flying Officer and Clever Cookie look closely matched and should be right on the premises in this Group 2 Yorkshire Cup, but they could struggle against Second Step who was a Group 1 winner last season and has a good chance of winning first-time out for the third consecutive year. Second Step finished a well-held fourth to Order of St George in the Irish St Leger on only his only previous try over a mile and three-quarters, but that race probably didn't show him to best effect as had to work harder than most to get into a challenging position, and his trainer (Luca Cumani) doesn't feel this trip won't be an issue. What's more, Second Step comes from the same stable as Mizzou, who beat Clever Cookie and Flying Officer in the Sagaro Stakes last month, albeit when receiving 5 lb from the latter (all horses carry the same weight here).

16:40 - This looks competitive but Barsanti is the big improver in the field (won handicaps on both his starts since joining Roger Varian) so may still be ahead of his mark despite another 11 lb rise. David O'Meara looks likely to provide the stiffest opposition courtesy of the eight-year-olds Chancery and Fattsota, though Top Tug and Oasis Fantasy both finally got their acts together on their latest start and could run well again.

17:10 - Lavetta disappointed when probably finding the run coming too soon at Nottingham last time, but she looked progressive beforehand, and the booking of Andrea Atzeni (a Jockey Uplift on the Timeform Race Card) catches the eye, so she is worth another chance. Azagal bumped into the thriving Lucy The Painter (won again on Wednesday) on her return and looks a danger, though she's won only one of her last 23 starts and is now fighting out favouritism. Mambo Paradise should appreciate the return to a sounder surface.

17:40 - Plenty of potential improvers on show in the middle-distance handicap for three-year-olds, but West Drive got better with every run in maidens last year and he strikes as the type who will progress further now stepping up to a trip in keeping with his pedigree (by Sea The Stars). He also has Andrea Azteni on board for the first time. Gawdawpalin has found just one too good on his last two starts and remains with potential, while Disobedience is best not judged on his reappearance and could run well if reacting positively to the fitting of blinkers.

Recommendations:

Back Second Step in the 16:05
Back Lavetta in the 17:10

Placepot permutation:
14:20 - 8, 10, 13
14:55 - 9
15:30 - 3, 8
16:05 - 5
16:40 - 5
17:10 - 7, 10
= 12 lines

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