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Matt Chapman exclusive: I’m banking on a Hannon speedster to deliver on day two at York

Two non-runners knocked my punting out yesterday but I'm all over Richard Hughes' ride of the week on Thursday

by Matt Chapman | August 20, 2014

Australia proved what a superstar he is on day one and we have another cracking card at York on Thursday in our quest to find a few winners and make Paddy just a little miserable. You hear me Paddy?

We start with the Yearling Stakes, and with a BHA mark of 111 the ultra-tough Richard Hannon inmate Kool Company is clearly going to take all the beating.

However, I think it’s worth looking at an each-way wager, and MARKAZ (1.55pm) might just run better than his official mark suggests. He chased home the useful Son of Africa at Goodwood last time and had previously looked good at Ascot. Paul Hanagan rides for Barry Hills and he could be the joker in the pack.


Best ride of the week …

There’s no chance I am going against TIGGY WIGGY (2.30pm) in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes, who is one of the fastest youngsters to have raced in recent years. I spoke to Richard Hughes at Windsor on Monday – and he nominated her as his best ride of the week.

There’s a huge field for the 1m handicap which gives us each-way betting down to fourth place – in a race where Paddy is giving money back as a free bet if your selection finished second or third. The one I like is GABRIAL’S KAKA (3.05pm), who is right up the handicap off a high rating – but who ran well off this mark at Sandown last time.

Classic form on show …

He’s shown a liking for York in the past and trainer Richard Fahey has booked 3lb claimer George Chaloner and his allowance could be crucial.

The brilliant Oaks heroine Taghrooda lines up in the Group One Yorkshire Oaks and she did us a favour when beating the boys and the older horses in the King George at Ascot recently. She’s long odds on so maybe a TAGHROODA/VENUS DE MIL0 (3.40pm) forecast is the way to go. Yeeehaaa!

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