ITV Racing Saturday York And Sandown Preview - 20/08/22

York - August 19 2022
York 12:50
8(6)
Kieran Shoemark

Sonny Liston

J: Kieran Shoemark
T: Charles Hills
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: 106
Days: 22

The first selection on the final day of the Ebor meeting is the Charlie Hills trained Sonny Liston who looks overpriced to us in the Group Three Strensall Stakes.

Making his debut as a juvenile last term he got off the mark in emphatic fashion at Sandown, seeing off Dukedom for the Gosden's by close to six lengths.

Returning this term he was fourth in the Listed Feilden Stakes on debut over 9f at Newmarket behind the talented Eydon and he then went up in trip to the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester where he chased home Star Of India and Cresta in third.

Bumped up to 12f when he should have been going down in trip for the Epsom Derby he ran no race only beating two home but the penny looked to have drop for Hills who sent him back down to a mile last time out.

At Glorious Goodwood in the Group Three Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes he finished a close up third, finishing the race off well.

Still very unexposed at this trip he looks overpriced in the market.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
29/07/22GOO8GF9-33
04/06/22EPS12Gd9-215
05/05/22CHS10.5GS9-23
14/04/22NMK9Gd9-04
02/07/21SAN7Gd8-131
Sandown - August 19 2022
Sandown 13:05
10(9)
Robert Havlin

Grande Dame

J: Robert Havlin
T: John & Thady Gosden
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 9-0
OR: 105
Days: 49

The first race of the afternoon from Sandown on ITV is the Group Three Atalanta Stakes and Grand Dame who won over C&D last time out could be tough to beat.

The three year old daughter of Lope De Vega has been seen three times to date, making an emphatic debut over a mile at Ascot when seeing off the likes of Mukaddamah and Eternal Pearl.

Sent to York in the Listed Oak Farm Stables Fillies' Stakes and she was just beaten by the Kevin Ryan trained Fonteyn, but on the day she was very unlucky not to win with a slight bit of jockey error.

Upped in class to the Group One Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot when last seen she ran no race and only beat one runner home.

Back in much calmer waters last time out over course and distance she went on to beat a good field in the Listed Coral Distaff, with the second placed Oscula since franking the form on numerous occasions.

Big player again.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
02/07/22SAN8GF9-21
17/06/22ASC8GF9-211
13/05/22YOR8Gd9-22
27/04/22ASC8GF8-111
York - August 19 2022
York 13:25
13(11)
Hollie Doyle

Soulcombe

J: Hollie Doyle
T: William Haggas
N/A
Age: 3
Weight: 8-4
OR: 83
Days: 24

One of our best bets of the day comes in the 1m6f Melrose Handicap with Soulcombe for William Haggas looking extremely well handicapped.

Making his debut last term and needing the experience, it was a similar turn of events at the start of this year with two average efforts in Maiden and Novice Stakes over 10f.

Moved up in trip to 1m4f at Haydock three starts ago he got off the mark on handicap debut in taking style and then off 6lb higher at Ascot made it back to back wins in a small fielded event.

Well backed last time out at Goodwood he was an unlucky loser catching the eye massively when coming from last to fly home into a narrow fourth behind Secret State.

The winner has since finished second at York this week in the Great Voltigeur and off only 2lb higher for this race, if racing more prominently early on he has to go close.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22YOR14GF8-41
27/07/22GOO12Gd8-44
08/07/22ASC12GF8-121
30/06/22HAY11.5Sft9-21
12/05/22NMK10Gd9-75
Sandown - August 19 2022
Sandown 13:40
4(5)
Pat Dobbs

Silver Knott

J: Pat Dobbs
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 9-3
OR: N/A
Days: 17

The only other race on ITV from Sandown is the Group Three Solario Stakes over 7f and Silver Knott for Godolphin and Charlie Appleby is an interesting runner.

Seen twice to date the son of Lope De Vega was an expensive 725,000gns as a yearling and was thrown into a warm Maiden where he finished a good fourth.

The form of that race has been very special with the winner Chaldean franking the form in the Group Three Acomb Stakes at York this week and also the second and third have since gone onto win.

Silver Knott added to that form line last time out when getting off the mark at Kempton over 7f and although stepping up in class looks a big improver for a thriving yard.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/09/22DON7Sft9-23
20/08/22SAN7Gd9-31
03/08/22KEM7St/Slw9-71
15/07/22NBY7Gd9-74
York - August 19 2022
York 14:00
8(8)
Tom Marquand

Sacred

J: Tom Marquand
T: William Haggas
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-5
OR: 112
Days: 25

The Group Two City Of York Stakes is one of the feature events of the weekend on ITV and we are giving another chance to the William Haggas trained Sacred.

Sacred looks to be a big player off the back of her form last term making three appearances and winning two of them in good style including the Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes and the Group Two Hungerford Stakes.

As a two year old she was a smart sprinter finishing second in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes at Ascot and also the Group Two Lowther Stakes at this meeting.

This season she has been seen twice, finishing fifth on seasonal debut over 6f in the Group One Platinum Jubilee, running a big race from her position and then last time out at Glorious Goodwood was a close up fifth again in the Group Two Lennox Stakes.

She is better than that run and getting back to a track she has previous good form at, this might be her day.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22YOR7GF9-56
26/07/22GOO7Gd9-25
18/06/22ASC6GF9-25
14/08/21NBY7Gd8-111
02/05/21NMK8GF9-07
York - August 19 2022
York 14:35
7(22)
M P Sheehy

Okita Soushi

J: M P Sheehy
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-8
OR: 106
Days: 44

The feature race of the week at York is the Ebor Handicap that sees the winner take home £300,000 and this year we have two each way shouts.

The first is the Joseph O'Brien trained Okita Soushi who looks to have been set up for this event and with 3lb claimer Mikey Sheehy taking weight off he looks interesting.

A smart son of Galileo the four year old has been seen five times to date, making his debut last year in June over 12f when winning at Maiden at Fairyhouse comfortably but then on his only other start that season ran below par.

Back in May of this year he went to the Curragh in a good Listed event and finished second behind stablemate Raise You, managing to finish above the likes of Master Of Reality and Wordsworth.

Seen twice more this season he went up to 14f at Royal Ascot in the Copper Horse Handicap and ran a cracker to finish third to the gambled on Cleveland and winner Get Shirty.

Up again to 15f last time out at Leopardstown he was a good second, being beaten by stablemate Shoshone Warrior who he was giving a stone away to.

He runs off the same mark of 106 here and looks a big contender for a thriving yard.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22YOR14GF9-515
07/07/22LEO15Gd11-122
14/06/22ASC14GF9-113
21/05/22CUR12Gd/Y9-72
22/07/21LEO13Gd9-73
York - August 19 2022
York 14:35
13(19)
Gary Carroll

Licence

J: Gary Carroll
T: G M Lyons
N/A
Age: 4
Weight: 9-5
OR: 103
Days: 16

Another interesting runner in the race at a bigger price is the Ger Lyons trained License for Juddmonte with the trainer and jockey having a great record in the race, especially the rider winning an Ebor and also placing in his other two rides in the race.

The son of Frankel has only been seen four times, making his debut in June last term when getting off the mark over 9.5f at Gowran Park bolting up by six lengths.

Saved for this term he has been kept under the radar, running over 10f on seasonal debut at Naas when second to Lafayette in the Listed Devoy Stakes, but next time out at the Curragh he ran no race in the Group Two Mooresbridge Stakes.

Moved up to 12f last time out in the Group Three Ballyroan Stakes at Leopardstown he ran a fair race into fourth behind Gear Up and Cleveland, with it looking like a prep for this event.

Off the same mark of 103 in this event he looks extremely interesting going up in trip and having been backed from 50/1 into 14/1 the signs are ominous.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
20/08/22YOR14GF9-516
04/08/22LEO12Gd9-94
02/05/22CUR10Y9-57
27/03/22NAA10Y9-72
07/06/21GOW9.5Gd9-71
York - August 19 2022
York 15:10
13(2)
Daniel Tudhope

Summerghand

J: Daniel Tudhope
T: David O'Meara
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 9-0
OR: 97
Days: 7

The final event of the afternoon on Saturday on ITV is the Constantine Handicap over 6f and like the Ebor we have dutched the race.

The first of the runners is the veteran Summerghand who we tipped up last week when fourth at Ripon and now 1lb lower is hard not to side with again.

A superb yardstick for David O'Meara over the years landing races like the Stewards Cup at Glorious Goodwood, Group Three Abernant Stakes at Newmarket All Weather Sprint Championships and Listed Hopeful Stakes to name just a few.

Having also been threatening in handicap events throughout his career, off a mark of 110 at the start of this year and not getting any younger he has found things difficult.

His latest few runs in big fielded events at York, Royal Ascot in the Wokingham Stakes and next time out in the Stewards Cup have all been respectable and with another superb fourth in the Great St Wilfrid he can go close again.

Now down to a mark of 97 which sees him 10lb lower than his last winning mark he is interesting.

Drawn well in stall 2.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/08/22NMK6Gd9-35
20/08/22YOR6GF9-01
13/08/22RIP6GF9-14
30/07/22GOO6GF9-29
18/06/22ASC6GF9-45
York - August 19 2022
York 15:10
19(1)
David Egan

Chairmanoftheboard

J:
 
David Egan
T:
 
Mick Channon
Age: 6
Weight: 8-8
OR: 91
Days: 19

At a much bigger price and a chancey each way selection is the Mick Channon Chairmanoftheboard who is down to a very attractive mark at a track he gets on well with and at 20/1 we thought he could outrun his odds.

A good winner off a mark of 91 at Haydock on October 2021 in a 17 runner handicap before that off 89 he was a short head second over course and distance behind Nomadic Empire.

Apart from a good third off 94 at Newmarket this season in a 19 runner handicap, he has struggled but dropping down through the handicap and down to the same mark as his last win, he looked interesting.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/08/22RIP6GS9-03
05/07/22PON6GF9-76
18/06/22ASC6GF8-1217
30/04/22NMK6Gd8-113
27/03/22DON6Gd9-715

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