Who To Follow At York On Saturday

Horse To Follow - Hukum

The feature race of the day at York is the Group Three John Smith's Silver Cup over a marathon trip and the stand out runner looks to be Hukum.

The four year old colt was a decent two year old, only racing twice and getting off the mark at the second time of asking at Kempton over a mile.

Burrows always planned to step this horse up in trip and on his seasonal debut last term he landed the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot in gritty style.

The way he battled and stayed on that day showed he could handle a bigger trip and when stepped up to 1m5f in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury, he was a runaway winner in soft conditions.

Both these runs set him up perfectly for a crack at the Group One St Leger at Doncaster, but on the day he was outstayed by better horses and had to settle for fifth.

He returned this season at Sandown in the Group Three Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown over 1m2f and looked to need the run in the final stages.

As expected he came on for the run last time out when getting off the mark for the term in the Listed Tapster Stakes at Goodwood back over 1m4f and that put him spot on for a go at back to back Royal Ascot winners.

He headed into an above average renewal of the Hardwicke Stakes and plugged on well in soft ground to grab third behind the dual Group One winner Wonderful Tonight.

That form sets the standard and he should stay this trip.

Trainer To Follow - William Haggas

William Haggas has runners all over the place on Saturday and his best chances on the day seem to be coming from York with some big runners for owner Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum.

In the first event of the day Haggas looks to have the leading runner in the Class 2 Handicap with Ajyaall, who is a very lightly raced son of Kingman.

Another big chance on the day looks to be the Ilaraab who drops back in grade having won six straight events before the Group Two Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Haggas has been in decent form of late fielding 49 runners and managing nine winners over the last two weeks which sees him pose a 16% strike rate.

Jockey To Follow - Callum Rodriguez

Callum Rodriguez is set for a big day on Saturday at York with some key rides in some of the big events on the Knavesmire.

The riders' best chance of the day comes in the lucky last where he sits on the Julie Camacho trained Raatea, who is dropping back to a Class 4 Handicap having ran well in tougher events.

Another big runner for the jockey on the day is the Keith Dalgleish trained What's The Story who has a 50% record at the track and has ran well off a higher mark in his race before.

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