THE advance weather forecast for York is very favourable, with little rain dropping on the Knavesmire for Ebor week, which is a bonus.
It is one of the biggest punting festivals of the year so I'll be taking things a bit easier before the action starts on Wednesday, with RAHEEN HOUSE my ante-post bet for the big handicap on Saturday.
At Windsor this evening, BLACK LOTUS (7.00) can continue Chris Wall's hot streak. He has saddled four winners from his last seven runners and Black Lotus has been given a nice break since disappointing on the Ripon undulations when well fancied. His filly won convincingly earlier in the year at Doncaster and is only 3lb higher now.
TAMMOOZ (8.00) steps up to 1m 3f and Roger Varian's three-year-old is turned out 13 days after finishing third in a tight finish at Newbury, with the principals drawing well clear of the chasing pack.
At Lingfield, CANTINIERE (2.45) is worth a bet returning to the scene of her wide-margin novice stakes victory last December. She wasn't beaten far by the William Haggas-trained Naqaawa at Chelmsford City and cheek-pieces go on for the first time.