Tupi winning the Sir Henry Cecil Stakes (Listed Race)
The setting for racing this week takes place at York on the Knaversmire with the Dante festival. Yet more clues will be drawn up for Epsom and Royal Ascot with competitive cards on all three days.
The first day of action at York and Richard Hannon sends six runners to post. In the main races on the card, TUPI takes his place in the Duke Of York and LIGHT UP OUR WORLD takes her spot in the Musidora. The aforementioned TUPI ran Magical Memory to a quarter of a length the other day at Newmarket. ‘Being such a big horse he was always going to improve from his first start. He’s taking on Magical Memory and also Twilight Son in what looks a very competitive affair. He has been working well so I expect him to run a very good race.’ LIGHT UP OUR WORLD is coming off two runs, with a good second in the Fred Darling. ‘She looks better than she ever has. She set the race up for the others last time at Ascot and she looks like she will appreciate this trip. This is a much more competitive race than she has been running in, so I just hope she can get some more black type today.’
In the handicaps on the day CHIEF WHIP and NAYEL look to have nice chances. ‘I was very happy with NAYELS reappearance the other day at Windsor, he is a gross horse and would have needed that. He was right there until getting tired late on, so I expect him to run a bold race today under the very talented apprentice Tom Marquand. CHIEF WHIP was another who ran well at Sandown till late on. He’s improved stacks for that run and I feel he will be very close to them today. He looks a picture at home and will be better than this in time’.
In the two year old novice race on the card, LOGI a son of Kodiac takes his chance. ‘He will improve plenty on todays experience, these York two year old races are where we start to see Royal Ascot types. He is a nice big horse who’s been doing everything right at home’.