Reigning Panorama champions, Massy Trinidad All Stars, will be second big band to be judged as the preliminary competition continues on Monday.
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Punters will be busy backing ‘Bee’
Dee Ex Bee represents a first day ‘beaut’ in the group three Acomb Stakes over seven furlongs of ‘good’ ground York which might ride much faster than most anticipate. Drainage work carried out some ten years ago was ultra-effective, too good in some respects and imagine what happens when you pour water on a large sponge!
By the same token we’ll witness top-grade racing on a superb surface, like those on Premier League football pitches, which resemble carpets.
Good-actioned thoroughbreds will be in their element; Dee Ex Bee moved effortlessly when making an impressive ‘Glorious Goodwood’ debut eighteen days ago under Silvestre de Souza, replaced by James Doyle who, apparently, is ‘chaffing at the bit’ to team up with this Farrh colt which stormed clear of Bathshea Bay; fourth home, Rogue, won at Salisbury a few days later.
There are so many dangers but this will be a cracker; Dee Ex Bee has form in the book, and on my time-handicap, which also pinpoints recent Thirsk winner, Savalas, in a twenty-runner Nursery Handicap over six furlongs.
Savalas is one of several which are bound to be ‘on the premises’ but when landing our nap and making it third time lucky Kevin Ryan’s charge quickened up superbly to win somewhat cleverly which was noted.
Pointless trolling through so many others for the sake of it, Savalas definitely ticks enough boxes for an each-way bet with four places at a challenging ‘double-digit’ starting price.
Running in tandem will be turf-flat fixtures at Carlisle and Bath where Richard Hannon-trained Yafta stands out in the nine-runner Novice Stakes over an extended five furlongs of a ‘good to soft’ surface.
Thrice-raced Yafta is ready to win following successive seconds and though there will definitely be support for Expecting, also racing for the fourth time, this is what the TH is all about, sorting out progressive, fast-time, chances trained at a fashionable, in-form, yard
This is the definitive beginning of our ‘back-end’ season and if it’s not possible to make considerable profit during the next two months, ‘time’ for yours truly to retire; that is not going to happen!
Bath, 11.15 Yafta (nap)
York, 11.25 Dee Ex Bee
1.50 Savalas (e.w)