It’s more quantity than quality this weekend before we get our tops ‘n’ tails on for Royal Ascot but I’ll do my best to keep up the good run ahead of next week’s extravaganza. Hear me Paddy? Let’s start with the 7f JCB Stakes at York 2.35pm. ALFRED HUTCHINSON is up another 2lb for being defeated at this track last time but can still operate off 98 and is bang in form from a good draw. Back him each-way. The Listed 5f Scurry Stakes at Sandown (2.55pm) sees the unexposed Likely return after 383 days off the course. He could be miles better than these, but have a few quid on WAADY, who was far from disgraced at Newbury last time and was in brilliant winning form prior to that defeat. GABRIAL might not be the classiest horse in the 1m Ganton Stakes (Listed) (3.10pm) but he’ll give you a good run. He was fourth to Alfred Hutchinson the last time and can reach the places here. In Scotland, the 17-runner Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh (3.25pm) is their feature and the one to be on each-way is the old boy HAWKEYETHENOO. He was third at Ascot last time over 7f and got 2lb for that but is in form and very capable of hitting the frame for Jim Goldie on home soil!
The 6f Charity Sprint Handicap (3.45pm) is the last from the Knavesmire and TWILIGHT SON could be a Group horse lurking in a handicap.
On the up
This will be a lot tougher as he tries to bring up the four-timer after getting and 11lb hike in the weights for a two-length win at Newmarket – but he may still be on the up. So best of luck on a tricky day. Let’s hope for some Yeeehaaas!