Through The Card: York, Saturday July 23
Timeform take you through the card at York on Saturday.
"Louis the Pious is very nicely handicapped and, with quick ground in his favour, looks worth an each-way bet as well as including in our perms. He's cut little ice of late but loves a big field and a strong pace and will get both here."
York 13:55 - Hersigh is likely to be popular here, especially as her yard have a 40% strike rate with two-year-old newcomers so far this season, however Battered shaped with promise at the track earlier this month despite missing the break. He was also green when asked to make a challenge, and - with his trainer in decent form and always keen for winners back in Yorkshire - is taken to come out on top. Come On Percy also shaped well in the same race and he's worth including as a second option; unlikely to start at 25/1 this time around.
York 14:25 - The combination of cheekpieces and a return to better ground should see a big run from Saved by the Bell. He has a fine record here (including a second in this race 12 months ago) and, having been cut a bit of slack by the handicapper, might be worth chancing to bounce back to form. The thriving Dew Pond is very much unexposed at 2m and must go well, however the booking of Paul Hanagan for Gabrial's King is noted and the C&D winner is selected as a second string to the bow.
York 15:00 - Alfred Hutchinson and Farlow both look a little high in the weights, so preference instead is for the better-handicapped stablemates Above the Rest and Free Code. The former hasn't been with David Barron long, is back down to his last winning mark and the fitting of a hood could help sharpen him up. That Is The Spirit would be interesting if there were any heavy rain showers, however on quick ground Get Knotted would be a bigger threat.
York 15:35 - An easy banker here with Time Test who did well to finish as close as he did when third in the Eclipse on unsuitably soft ground three weeks ago. The only nagging doubt is that he wasn't at his best when fourth in the Juddmonte International here last season. Mondialiste would give the selection something to think about if matching pick of last season's form but, as things stand, Mahsoob is preferred for forecast purposes.
York 16:10 - Louis the Pious is very nicely handicapped and, with quick ground in his favour, looks worth an each-way bet as well as including in our perms. He's cut little ice of late but loves a big field and a strong pace and will get both here. Intisaab has come of age this year, showcasing a potent turn of foot when scoring at Ayr last time. Though now 7 lb higher in a stronger race, there could be more to come from him and he is selection number two. Last year's winner Tanzeel, off just a 2 lb higher mark, is feared most.
York 16:45 - A very tricky race but My Lucille has improved since stepping up in trip and there's no reason to think that she won't improve further over this longer distance. There are several promising types on show here, headed by Sightline who continued her ascent when striking at Chester last month, for which a 4 lb rise doesn't look at all harsh.
York 17:20 - A 3 lb drop in the weights for course and distance winner Vona makes here an interesting contender and, assuming the ground stays quick, she can get back to winning ways, at the main expense of Tahoo who ran well in a similar contest here a fortnight ago and could go well with an apprentice now taking 5 lb off her back. Merry Banter also gave a good account here last time and is respected accordingly.
Back Louis The Pious each way in the 16:10 at York
York 13:55 - 1, 2
York 14:25 - 1, 2
York 15:00 - 9, 10
York 15:35 - 5
York 16:10 - 2, 11
York 16:45 - 1, 6