Sir Dancealot was a 4/1 headline winner for our ITV racing tips on Saturday and now we’re hoping to bash the bookies again on day one of the Ebor Festival at York.
This card will kick off four days of superb action on the Knavesmire, with this meeting often referred to as the Royal Ascot of the North, and we’ve got selections from PA Sport’s Chris Wilson.
This Godolphin gelding went out like a light at York in July, when sent off the 7/4 favourite in a seven-furlong handicap.
But Culturati was found to have been slightly lame in the aftermath of that defeat, so perhaps that run is best forgotten.
Either way, a return to sprinting should work the proverbial oracle for this unexposed son of Dubawi.
There is a heck of a lot more to come from Richard Hannon’s juvenile, who looks the solution to the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes.
The young son of Toronado handsomely defeated a clutch of lovely horses on his debut and he almost certainly falls into the could-be-anything category.
Victory in this Group Three contest would certainly go a long way to proving that theory and he gets the nod in our ITV racing tips.
3.00 KEW GARDENS (nap)
Aidan O’Brien’s utterly likeable colt can strengthen his St Leger profile by winning the Group Two Great Voltigeur Stakes over a mile and a half.
The three-year-old is already ante-post favourite for the final Classic of the season, having won the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot (pictured above) and a Group One in France.
And though he is burdened with a 5lb penalty at York, there is a distinct likelihood that Kew Gardens will prove much too good for the rest of them.
There are, of course, issues with the well-being of the O’Brien yard and that should need consideration.
But the Ballydoyle handler seems fairly confident that his team are back on the up and, quite simply, he would not be sending Kew Gardens to England if he felt there were any fitness worries.
The Galileo colt is making great progress this season and this looks a perfect race for him.
3.35 POET’S WORD
The Group One Juddmonte International Stakes looks an absolute belter, with slight preference for Sir Michael Stoute’s five-year-old.
He has been one of the true stars of the Flat season, having won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and then the King George last month.
Dangers abound in what could be a race for the ages, but Poet’s Word seems almost certain to run his race and is as reliable and tough as they get for our ITV racing tips.
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