WITH heavy overnight rain forecast at York it is worth digging out some confirmed soft ground specialists and SOLO SAXOPHONE (4.50) fits the bill.
He has scored on heavy over hurdles and has been a revelation on two starts on the Flat, scoring easily at Thirsk and Haydock. Solo Saxophone had four lengths to spare over Sudona on the first occasion and that runner-up scored earlier this week at Pontefract. The assessor has hit ‘Solo' with another 7lb rise but he looks up to the job.
The two 1m 2f handicaps are interesting and COTE D'AZUR (1.30) has run well on the Knavesmire in the past. Les Eyre's gelding is well handicapped these days and a recent Beverley second to in-form Colony Queen should have put him spot-on.
MUSIC SEEKER (3.45) appears more adventurous but is capable of outrunning his dismissive 20-1 odds. He scored over course and distance for his 7lb apprentice on soft last June and is only 2lb higher. He appeared in decent form when second at Pontefract 29 days ago.
Several of the big Newmarket yard are represented at fairly restrictive odds but one can reasonably pick holes in their form.
The Musidora Stakes, a Group 3 for fillies over 1m 2f, has lost a little of its lustre by the defection of John Gosden’s hot favourite Franconia. Gosden is still doubly represented and Frankie Dettori plumps for Ricetta, unbeaten in two starts at Newmarket. The daughter of Camelot should have a say in the finish but DUBAI LOVE (2.40) is well worth a look at more attractive odds.
Saeed Bin Suroor’s representative has plenty of solid Meydan form and didn’t let the side down when third to Onassis under a crushing weight in the Sandringham Stakes at Royal Ascot. Factor in a heavy ground victory at Nottingham as a juvenile, and Dubai Love can put her experience to good use.
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