The Big Races From York Racecourse On Friday And Saturday

The Big Races From York Racecourse On Friday And Saturday

York Racecourse on Friday and Saturday plays host to some fascinating racing with two days of seven races on the knavesmire.

White, large black spots, black cap (Elite Racing Club)

Friday 2:40 – Elgin 8/1

The first big race of the two day meetings is the Green Hammerton Handicap over 1 mile 4 furlongs. This race is a stamina test and is usually ran by horses who are bred to go longer trips.

This is the case for the Alan King trained Elgin. This horse has this year turned t0 the flats after a period of being a good National Hunt horse going to Cheltenham numerous times and running against some top class hurdle horses.

Since his move to flat racing he has took it really well winning his last two races between 12 and 14 furlongs. From his jumps days he has got the stamina to run in these races and has proved that by winning his last two, one on all weather and the other on turf.

If replicating his early flats form that Alan king has got him performing to, he will be in the frame on Friday.

Yellow, dark blue seams, yellow cap (Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum)

Friday 3:15  – Pretty Baby 5/2 Win

The other big race on Friday and the only Group race at York on that day is the Group 3 Summer Stakes for Fillies’ and Mares over 6 furlongs. This race for 3 year olds and above is for sprinters who can’t quite make it at the top-level at that distance but are still quick over shorter distances.

For the William Haggas trained Pretty baby this might not be the case for much longer with a bright future ahead for this horse. Being one of the youngest in the field that will go to post on Friday she has the best form.

Only having two runs this year and winning both comfortably this Group 3 test will be a huge step up but she has the pedigree to compete.

Last time out at Nottingham she beat a field of 12 quite comfortably and with this horse still being young she could turn in to the next sprinting superstar if stepping up in grade well.

Bronze, bronze sleeves, bronze cap (St Albans Bloodstock Ltd)

Saturday 2:35 – Dal Harralid E/W

Saturday’s only Group race of the day and the final one from the two days comes in the way of the John Smith’s Silver Cup Stakes over 1 mile 6 furlongs. This race is a stamina test and is usually ran by horses who are bred to go longer trips.

This is the case for Dal Harralid trained by William Haggas. This horse has only had two runs this year, the first was very impressive winning at Chelmsford over 16 furlongs and this set him up to go to Meydan and run in the Group 2 Dubai World Cup.

He hugely disappointed and was out classed finishing near the bottom of the pack but this gave us a good idea that his level to suit is Group 3.

Back in England and on slightly slower ground in a lower class of race, this horse can bounce back and put on a bold showing.

Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap (Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum)

Saturday 3:40 Afaak 10/1 E/W

The feature race of the Saturday at York is the 59th John Smith’s Cup Handicap over 1 mile 2 1/2 furlongs. This race has been contested by some strong classed horses in the past and there is no exception this year.

The horse that is flourishing of late is the Charles Hills trained Afaak. From his three starts he has really impressed especially his last two runs.

At York he won the Betfred TV Hambleton Handicap and then on his last outing he was just beaten at Royal Ascot in the Royal Hunt Cup and finished second of 30 runners, but it looked like he needed slightly further as he ran on well.

Saturday brings this opportunity as he is stepping up in trip an extra 2 furlongs and he could relish it, especially at York a track that suits him.