Through The Card: York, Saturday 28 July

There is Flat racing from York on Saturday
There is Flat racing from York on Saturday

Timeform take you through the card at York on Saturday...

"...is by far the most interesting runner in this field..."

Timeform on Culturati

14:05 - CULTURATI (3) clearly hasn't been the easiest to train, but is by far the most interesting runner in this field, and should be backed accordingly. He was last seen winning a six-furlong handicap after a 20-month absence when last seen 12 months ago, so he clearly goes well fresh, and it is interesting leading connections are persevering with him. Culturati has also been gelded since last seen, and a big run is expected.

14:40 - The one who appeals most is GOLDEN APOLLO (10), who shaped as though his turn may be near when fifth at Newcastle last time. He is now 1 lb below his last winning mark, is proven over C&D and will get the strong pace he craves. Despite arriving here on a long losing run, EASTERN IMPACT (9) could have a part to play off an attractive mark. He is proving inconsistent this season, but a return to anywhere near his best will see him play a big part here, and he has a goo-value claimer taking off 5 lb.

15:15 - Elarqam quite rightly heads the market judged on his fourth-placed finish in the 2000 Guineas on his return, but he wasn't at his best in the Irish equivalent last time. He looks a risky proposition at the prices as a result, and it could be worth chancing FOREST RANGER (1) in a race that may prove tactical. He seems sure to be ridden handy, and could prove hard to peg back in the straight if allowed his own way in front. Smart Call is another to consider.

15:50 - This looks ripe for BARONIAL PRIDE (1), who didn't do a great deal wrong when runner-up at Ayr earlier this month and he sets a decent standard on that evidence. He should prove too strong for Rum Lad, who promises to be suited by stepping up to six furlongs, and could be the one for the forecast ahead of He'Zanarab.

16:25 - The one with the fewest questions to answer is STORMIN TOM (7), who has proved most consistent this year and did the job well at Beverley last time. Though yet to win off a mark this high, everything looks in place for another bold show and he gets the nod ahead of last year's winner Graceful Lady. Chocolate Box also enters calculations, while Davy's Dilemma needs to prove he stays this far.

17:00 - It wasn't much of a race in which MORTICIA (7) made a winning handicap debut at Hamilton but there was much to like about the way she went about her business. With just four runs under her belt there should be more to come and it could be that this step up in trip will help unlock further improvement. Naqaawa is feared, along with last year's winner Appointed and the in-form Tight Lines.

17:35 - It's best to overlook SOCIETY QUEEN's (5) effort in the Super Sprint at Newbury last Saturday. Indeed, nothing went her way on that occasion and, having looked promising prior to that, she is of strong interest off a potentially handy mark on this nursery debut. Deputise is on the up and needs considering as he bids for the hat-trick, while Leoube was impressive at Bath and also merits respect.

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