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Matt Chapman exclusive: Why I’m all right Jack on day one at York

Three days ahead on the Knavesmire and I'm here to get stuck into some Classic clues and competitive handicaps.

by Matt Chapman | May 13, 2014

Gatewood (4/1f) kept our winning run going at the weekend, and now we’re off to York for some top class action and tough handicaps over three days.

I’m gutted I’ve never got the chance to work at the Knavesmire – but if we can take a few quid from Paddy that will take some of the pain away. You hear me Paddy?

The opener on Wednesday is a 1m 2f handicap and stamina will come in to play here with the ground on the easy side.

This is very much a compressed handicap and I think top-weight LAHAAG (1.45pm) will give us a good each-way spin. He won off 97 here last season and is only 3lb higher. He stays this trip strong and goes with some cut. It won’t be easy first time out, but he can run well.


Classic trial

The 6f handicap is tricky to say the least, but I like the look of COLONEL MAK (2.15pm). He hasn’t been beaten far off higher marks recently and runs off 92 here for the first time since finishing second at Newmarket last August.

Classic hopes are on the line in the Epsom Oaks Trial – the Group 3 Musidora Stakes over 1m 2f.  LADY HEIDI (2.45pm) won’t be a leading fancy but she looks bred for this trip and is proven on testing ground. She might just provide a shock in what looks an open and renewal and is worth an each-way look.


Finally, in the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes, few horses in the line up like 6f on soft ground better than my nap JACK DEXTER (3.15). He should go close after a fair third at Doncaster first time out. Hopefully, he can improve again on that debut run.

It’s a tough first day, but whatever the results we’ll be back to take on Paddy for the rest of the week. Yeeehaaa!

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