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Free Wind gave me a bit of a heart attack when cruising to the front but seeing one of the closers come upsides her. Frankie eventually won under hands and heels and it would've been a nice starting point for her season, but I doubt we'll see her over 10f again, she looks better over further.
I think Passenger was the best horse in the Dante by an absolute mile, so to see him get beat because Richard Kingscote couldn't find the gap was frustrating, to say the least. He was on the bridle for over 20 seconds when every other horse around him was under the pump and he couldn't get out. If they decide to go to the Derby with him I think he is a huge player.
York 1:50 – Got To Love A Grey 10/3 (1pt Paddy Power)
This race will be dominated by the Amo Racing-owned Persian Dreamer as they are very good at recruiting nice 2yo's, especially ones at the start of the season who has the best form on paper with her win at Newmarket. However, I don't think it's the best idea to get bogged down that she can't be beaten, and I'm taking her on with Got To Love A Grey.
With Danny Tudhope not riding (not sure why), it's easy to be drawn to Ryan Moore riding Dorothy Lawrence, who was behind Persian Dreamer when they met at Newmarket, but Sam James is a stable jockey for Karl Burke and though Ryan Moore is the best jockey in the world, Sam would've had the choice between the two horses from the Karl Burke yard and I think it's interesting he's opted for Got To Love A Grey. She was very visually impressive at Nottingham, she won on the bridle, granted she might not have beaten much in behind, but sometimes your eyes don't lie and I think that was a very nice performance.
Karl won this race last year with Pillow Talk, and he raced her at Nottingham on debut before running in this race, so it's of notice they've taken a similar route, not the same route as it was a different race. The ground will slow down a bit as there is some forecast rain landing on the Knavesmire, and I think that brings my selection into play. She is unproven on good ground, but being by Dark Angel you'd like to think she'll handle a quicker surface and I don't think Karl would risk a young filly with clearly plenty of ability if he didn't think she could handle the ground.
Gaiden is one to keep an eye on with the form of her debut race working out very nicely.
York 2:25 – Queen For You 10/3 (2pt Bet365)
It's easy to get attached to horses who have previously won for you, but when they are upped in class it's not always the best thing to do, but I'll be sticking to my allegiance with Queen For You, as I think she could be fairly special.
I tipped her up a couple of weeks ago when winning on debut at Ascot in what appeared to be a fairly hot race. She was well backed before the off and you could see why by the way she won that race. She was green early on in the race, Rab Havlin gave her a beautiful ride by getting her some cover to help her settle and when he took her on the outside she breezed upsides of the opposition and when she hit the front it was game over for the rest.
That race she won at Ascot had previously been won by two other Gosden fillies, they both came to this race at York which saw Sperry win and Grand Dame finish a close second in last year's renewal, so this has clearly been a plotted path for Queen For You, probably set out before she made her debut. I think she is well above average and is capable of running in this now she's upped in grade.
York 3:35 – Siskany 3/1 (2pt Bet365)
I thought Siskany would be a relatively short-priced favourite for this race, so to see him priced up at around 3/1 is a pleasant surprise and makes me think has something happened to him since his runner-up finish in the Dubai Gold Cup when finishing behind Broome.
The ride that Buick gave Siskany was up for debate on social media when Siskany finished behind Broome. I had no money on that race and I thought Buick gave Siskany a peach of a ride and was mightily unlucky not to win the big prize that day, and I think he was simply outstayed by Broome. However, this race is 2f shorter and I think the fact that he travelled so sweetly into that race and glided through the field suggests he will be better over today's trip and he seems to have a bit more pace about him than Broome so I can definitely see him reversing the form with that horse.
The market favourite is Quickthorn and I'm not quite sure why. He won at this track by a very big margin last year in a Group 2, but he was given an easy lead and Tom Marquand had 20L+ in hand over the nearest pursuer that day, people might think it might play out the same way, but with that already happening, surely the jockeys in behind will be clued up and ready for something similar. If they go a good pace, and they don't let him get an easy lead, I think it sets it up for Siskany.
York - 1:50 pm
10/3 @ PaddyPower
York - 2:25 pm
10/3 @ Bet365
York - 3:35 pm