Matt Chapman | York preview day one
I love the York Ebor meeting and am so gutted I never get the chance to broadcast racing from the track. It’s a special place of high-class action.
There’s not a big field for the Acomb Stakes on Wednesday but I was hugely impressed with First Flight’s (2.30pm) win on his debut at Newbury. He was slowly into stride and out the back on that first racecourse experience, but he sluiced through the field to win by three lengths with 11 rivals toiling behind. He could be anything for Godolphin’s boys in blue.
The Juddmonte International is steeped in history and has been won by the greats in recent times, like Frankel, Sea the Stars and Falbrav.
I think it’s another chance to get stuck into Al Kazeem (3.40pm). Connections believe the ground is faster than ideal for the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Prince of Wales’s and Eclipse hero, but he’s won on fast ground and I don’t see the big deal.
As I view it, Irish Derby winner Trading Leather will go to the front with Al Kazeem tracking in second. There’s no reason why Al Kazeem won’t pick him up. I don’t fancy Sussex Stakes winner Toronado to see this 1m 2f trip out and I don’t believe Declaration of War or Hillstar are good enough. It’s Al Kazeem all the way for me.
Many will lump on the favourite Telescope in the Great Voltigeur Stakes but I’m taking him on. After all, he’s never raced at 1m 4f and remains a talking horse compared to what he’s actually done on the track.
A gutsy battler
Cap O’Rushes is proven at 1m 4f and did well to be only beaten 4l in the Irish Derby by Trading Leather. He was gutsy in winning the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood last time and while the runner-up there was unlucky, he still battled on with great gusto. Connections would prefer softer ground, but it’s Cap O’Rushes (3.05pm) for me.
It’s going to be a great week and I know you will be back here tomorrow where I will give you the hot news on the Lowther and Yorkshire Oaks. I’m confident I’ve got the winner. You hear me Paddy? Yeeehaaa!
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