Who to back at York races: Saturday, August 24, 2013

Ebor gum: huge crowds gather for York's annual summer racing festival. Photograph: York Racecourse
21 Aug 2013 @ 11.24 am
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Ebor gum, it's festival racing again. Photograph: York Racecourse
Ebor gum, it’s festival racing again. Photograph: York Racecourse

The tipsters' table, York Races, Saturday, August 24, 2013

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

RaceDick TurpinAt The RacesTelegraphSunDaily MailThe TimesGG.com
2.05Glory AwaitsCristoforo ColomboCristoforo ColumboSirius Prospect (nap)Cristoforo ColomboCristoforo ColomboRex Imperator
2.40Great HallVan PercyGreat HallHavana CoolerDashing StarGreat Hall (nap)Debdebdeb
3.15Astaire (nb)AstaireWilshire BoulevardWilshire BoulevardWilshire BoulevardParboldCable Bay
3.50Tiger CliffTiger CliffTiger CliffTropical BeatTropical Beat (nap)Tiger CliffTiger Cliff
4.25Outer Space (nap)Hot StreakOuter SpaceOuter SpaceExcel's BeautyOuter SpaceMecca's Angel
5.00Sennockian StarRockalongSennockian StarTwo For TwoSpirit Of The LawWhispering WarriorSennockian Star
5.35HoofalongNormal EquilibriumAngus OgBispham GreenCosmic ChatterHuntsmans CloseLexington Place

It’s the biggie. Saturday at the Ebor Festival at York Racecourse. So who to back while you’re dodging the showers?

Only one person to ask: our own pundit, Dick Turpin…

Turpin’s tips

Win: Glory Awaits
EW: Rex Imperator
Longshot: Cristofo Colombo

Win: Great Hall
EW: Havana Cooler
Longshot: Ambleside

Win: Astaire (NB)
EW: My Catch

Win: Tiger Cliff
EW: Sun Central
Longshot: Tropical Beat

Win: Outer Space (Nap)
EW: Excel’s Beauty

Win: Sennockian Star
EW: Strictly Silver

Win: Hoofalong
EW: Jillnextdoor
Longshot: Angus Og


From Friday, August 23, 2013

Who to back at York races: Friday, August 23, 2013

The tipsters' table, York Races, Friday, August 23, 2013

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

RaceDick TurpinAt The RacesTelegraphSunDaily MailThe TimesGG.com
1.55Gospel ChoirCastilo Del DiabloHanoverian BaronWinterludeChanceryGospel ChoirWinterlude
2.30Simenon (nap)SimenonAhzeemahTimes UpGlen's DiamondTimes Up (nb)Simenon
3.05Archbishop (nb)Robin Hoods BayDanadanaGabrialDanadanaPavloskArchbishop
3.40Shea SheaSole PowerSole PowerSwiss Spirit (nap)Moviesta (nb)Sole PowerSole Power
4.20TahadeeRed GalileoGolden TownRed GalileoRed GalileoGolden TownRed Galileo
4.55Majestic MoonMachete MarkEnobledShort SqueezeMachete MarkMachete Mark (nap)Hay Dude

YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin stung the bookies in fine style on Thursday, day two of the Ebor meeting, with a brilliant treble on the last three races of the day.

While Dick was still counting his winnings from The Fugue’s 2-1 win in the 3.40, Frankie Dettori was steering Our Obsession home at 3-1 in the 4.20 race.

Dick was feeding his beloved Black Bess a celebratory sack of carrots as he sat back on Knavesmire to watch his last race selection, Dutch Rose trot up in the 4.55 at lovely jubbly odds of 8-1. This sensational 107-1 treble set him up perfectly for a great night in the city.

We managed to grab his Friday tip sheet as he sped off up The Mount.

The last thing he was heard to shout was: “I’m putting my shirt on the Archbishop the morrow.”

So, if anyone sees the Most Reverend John Sentamu strolling round the city wearing the shirt of an 18th-century highwayman, don’t be too surprised. But we think Dick was really trying to say something about Dettori’s mount in the third race.

Turpin’s tips

Win: Gospel Choir
EW: Winterlude
Longshot: Warlu Way

Win: Simenon (Nap)
EW: Times Up

Win: Archbishop (NB)
EW: Robin Hoods Bay

Win: Shea Shea
EW: Moviesta
Longshot: Ladies Are Forever

Win: Tahadee
EW: Red Galileo

Win: Majestic Moon
EW: Hay Dude
Longshot: Party Royal


From Thursday, August 22, 2013

Who to back at York races: Thursday, August 22, 2013

The tipsters' table, York Races, Thursday, August 22, 2013

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

RaceDick TurpinAt The RacesTelegraphSunDaily MailThe TimesGG.com
1.55Sleeper KingRuffordVentura MistHaikbidiacRuffordOasis TownThunder Strike
2.30J WonderJ WonderLucky KristaleJ Wonder (nb)Lucky KristaleJ WonderLucky Kristale
3.05SandagiyrWentworthWentworthWentworthFrog Hollow (nap)Queensberry Rules (nap)Wentworth
3.40The FugueWild CocoEmirates QueenVenus De Milo (nap)The FugueVenus De MiloVenus de Milo
4.20Our ObsessionOur ObsessionStar Lahib (nb)Our ObsessionStar LahibOur Obsession (nb)Songbird
4.55Dutch RoseDutch RoseShesastarGhasabahDutch Rose (nb)GhasabahNurpur

YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin is lying low this morning nursing a consolation hangover, following the first day of the Ebor meeting at Knavesmire yesterday.

He thought he was home and dry when his bet of the day, Telescope, triumphed. But at odds of just 5-4 it was hardly a king’s ransom (and believe us, Mr Turpin knows all about handling ransom money).

That was the high point, apart from a very helpful 16-1 second place for Mawaqeet in the penultimate race. Just enough to help our hopeful highwayman break even. And, as any gambler will tell you, breaking even is sometimes as good as it gets!

Still, he found time to share his insights about today’s proceedings for Day Two of the city’s famous Ebor meeting.

Mr Turpin writes: “Freshest advices, dear readers! I can’t vouchsafe success. But I have, ahem, honestly and carefully studied the fields for each of the six great races, and – together with some juicy tidbits of information from unimpeachable sources – am confident that I can stand and deliver some joy for eager punters today…”

1.55 In the opener, an interesting juvenile six-furlong sprint, Sleeper King, Thunder Strike and Rufford look the three dangers. Each-way value-seekers have as much chance picking a pretty name! None come prettier than Ventura Mist.

2.30 In this race for two-year-old fillies, Turpin’s money will be firmly on the two-time winner J Wonder, tackling Knavesmire’s hallowed six-furlong straight track.

Pressure will come from Lucky Kristale, only three pounds worse off, and likely to be very well supported. Mick Channon’s Kaiulani is the most interesting longshot, and any market move for her must be respected.

3.05 Everyone makes mistakes; Turpin knows that more than most! So welcome back Frankie Dettori on Mark Johnston’s Es Que Love; but it would take a miracle for him to win against this 20-runner field. But Frankie is capable of miracles – so don’t rule him out completely… and he gets his best chance in the 4.20 race.

Strong claims can be made for Pintura, Wentworth and Queensberry Rules, but Turpin’s loot will be on Sayeed bin Suroor’s top-weight (and top-rated) Sandagiyr a proven miler who could pounce at healthy odds. A thrilling race in prospect.

3.40 There is no such thing as a certainty in racing. Only a fool would describe John Gosden’s flying machine, The Fugue, as a certainty. There is no such thing. As. A. Certainty. OK. We have established that.

So which horses might finish second? Wild Coco and Venus De Milo fit the bill. My money (well, I say ‘my money’, but you know how I came by it) will certainly be on William Buick’s mount, The Fugue, to improve on last year’s second place. I’m certain of it!

4.20 This is Frankie’s big chance. Our Obsession has to be respected and has an outstanding chance to touch off the likely favourite, Irish raider, Say. A terrific one and a half mile contest in prospect with these two battling it out, and at least three others (Songbird, Lady Nouf, Star Lahib) in the 12-runner field with strong prospects too.

4.55 Always to be feared, Kieren Fallon looks a fascinating prospect on course-and-distance winner Dutch Rose. Ghasabah is the main danger, with Nurpur a solid alternative choice. Anyone looking for a last-race longshot might try a small each-way investment on Dusky Queen.

Turpin’s tips

Win: Sleeper King
EW: Thunder Strike
Longshot: Ventura Mist

Win: J Wonder
EW: Lucky Kristale
Longshot: Kaiulani

Win: Sandagiyr
EW: Pintura
Longshot: Es Que Love

Win: The Fugue
EW: Venus De Milo

Win: Our Obsession
EW: Say

Win: Dutch Rose
EW: Ghasabah
Longshot: Dusky Queen


From Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Top tips for York races: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The tipsters' table, York Races, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

RaceDick TurpinAt The RacesTelegraphSunDaily MailThe TimesGG.com
1.55LadyshipAbove StandardSecret AssetAbove StandardDoctor ParkesGoldreamAbove Standard
2.30First Flight (nb)BrazosThe Grey Gatsby (nb)First Flight (nap) First FlightThe Grey GatsbyFirst Flight
3.05Telescope (nap)FoundryCap O'RushesSecret NumberWillie The Whipper (nb)TelescopeTelescope
3.40ToronadoAl KazeemToronadoAl Kazeem (treble)ToronadoToronadoAl Kazeem
4.20Party LineSurajParty LineSurajWillie Wag TailSurajFlashman
4.55TanseebCoulstyTiger Twenty TwoBlurred VisionCoulstyBlurred Vision (nap)Coulsty

Hold on to your tricorns, folks! It’s YorkMix racing pundit Dick Turpin here to celebrate the 2013 Ebor meeting – four great days of racing at Knavesmire, as the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival returns.

The main event takes place on Saturday, with mouth-watering prospects in both the Melrose Stakes and the Ebor Handicap itself.

Friday’s Nunthorpe Stakes brings some of the country’s best flying machines to the five-furlong straight course for some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it excitement.

There’s a full card on Thursday too, but now, let’s turn our attention to the curtain-raiser, an intriguing six-card programme with some genuinely good prospects for punters.

The 1.55 opener is a 20-runner handicap over the near-minimum trip of five furlongs and 89 yards. And it’s those 89 yards where Dick expects to see the battle for supremacy between Ladyship, Tax Free, Above Standard and Lady Gibraltar.

Not one to be throwing a load of loot at, but Turpin reckons Sir Michael Stoute has a realistic chance of a treble – or even a four-timer – starting with Ladyship, at decent odds of around 6-1. Above Standard is Turpin’s clear next best. But they won’t have it all their own way. Lady Gibraltar, off bottom weight, should run a big race.

But value-seekers who love a longshot, should side with last year’s winning trainer, Dandy Nicholls. He’s a canny judge – so expect a big showing at decent odds for Tax Free.

The 2.30 looks like straight fight between course winner, The Grey Gatsby and First Flight. Turpin’s cash will be on the latter, under De Sousa’s skilful riding, but it will be close, and the odds will be tight in this six-runner race for two-year-olds.

The 3.05 is a testing mile and a half for seven runners. It looks nailed on for Sir Michael’s impressive colt, Telescope. Turpin has plundered his reserves to wallop the bookies on this. Anything better than even money, and dastardly Dick promises his biggest bet of the year.

The biggest danger? If a true pace isn’t set, there could be an upset. But jockey Ryan (R L) Moore is a canny operator and he won’t let that happen. Cap O’Rushes is the only danger.

Another small field for the 3.40. Anyone who was here last year will never forget the race that was won by Frankel, the Horse of the Age.

Hardly surprising that there’s nothing of Frankel’s class here this time. This looks another straight battle between the two principals: the five-year-old Al Kazeem versus Richard Hannon’s impressive three-year-old, Toronado. Turpin urges caution, but sides with Toronado to beat likely favourite Al Kazeem.

The 4.20, a challenging two-mile handicap, promises one of the day’s most interesting tussles. Homeric and Flashman are the obvious choices. But Turpin (or, rather, Black Bess) has heard a whisper that Mark Johnston’s Party Line is the one to be on, with Sir Michael’s Mawaqeet a distinct threat too.

And if you really are looking for a longshot flutter, you could get great value on Willie Wag Tail, showing constant improvement with every run, and likely to start at tasty odds.

If the predicted going were to be on the soft side for the 4.55, the low draw of Mark Johnston’s Tanseeb could be decisive in this fascinating six-furlong nursery. Richard Hannon’s runner Coulsty would also benefit from a low draw.

But the prospect if good to firm, which probably puts Hannon’s other main runner, Banaadeer, in with a good chance too. And let’s not rule out last year’s winning trainer, Malton’s Richard Fahey who saddles Ventura Quest, a youngster improving with every outing, and only 15 days since he last performed – and won.

Here are Dick Turpin’s win and each way selections, with a bonus Longshot suggestion for the races with larger fields.

Win: Ladyship
EW: Above Standard
Longshot: Tax Free

Win: First Flight (NB)
EW: The Grey Gatsby

Win: Telescope (Nap)
EW: Cap O’Rushes

Win: Toronado
EW: Al Kazeem

Win: Party Line
EW: Mawaqeet
Longshot: Willie Wag Tail

Win: Tanseeb
EW: Coulsty
Longshot: Ventura Quest