Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the First Saturday 2018

It's the grand York finale. Photograph: Simon Cooper / PA Wire
26 May 2018 @ 11.04 am
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The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, May 26, 2018

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

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukDaily Star
2.00SalateenGet KnottedGolden ApolloGolden Apollo (nb)GilgameshGet KnottedSalateenGet KnottedHayadhSo BelovedSalateen
2.35BatterseaCarnageoThistimenextyearAcross The StarsThistimenextyearJe Suis CharlieZack MayoTawdeeaCarnageoBatterseaAcross The Stars
3.05Isabel De Urbina (nap)Precious RamotsweIsabel De UrbinaPrecious RamotsweMam’selleDo Re Mi Fa SolDo Re Mi Fa SolIsabel De UrbinaIsabel De UrbinaIsabel De UrbinaDo Re Mi Fa Sol
3.40Carlton FrankieFinal VentureEvergateMajor Jumbo (nap)EvergateCarlton FrankieCarlton FrankieEl AstronauteEdward LewisMr LuptonEl Astronaute
4.15JfoulMoyassarMoyassarMoyassarI Am A DreamerMoyassarPacinoI Am A DreamerJfoulBroken SpearI Am A Dreamer
4.50Desert Diamond (nb)AkvaveraDesert DiamondShazzabAkvaveraDesert DiamondDesert DiamondAkvaveraDesert DiamondDesert DiamondAkvavera (nb)
5.25ExplainMy AmigoSir RodericTheodoricoScofflawTheodoricoMon Beau VisageOur Charlie BrownTheodoricoAlfred HutchinsonSir Roderic

At YorkMix Towers (just at the top of Shambles), we’re still recovering from Dick Turpin’s astonishing performance at the Dante meeting last week.

He tipped winners galore, narrowly missing out – by just one selection – on the Tote Jackpot along the way.

Not bad going, considering he was threatened with the sack after his dismal performance in the mud of the second half of last season.

Let’s hope he hasn’t peaked too soon this year. We’ve managed to drag the wayward highwayman out of one of his favourite haunts to offer his selections for today’s First Saturday meeting at Knavesmire.

Yesterday’s rain means the all-important going is likely to be good, at best, tipster Turpin writes. Let’s hope there’s little or no overnight rain, as we all know what happens to our selections when the going becomes soft.

The big money today, (£51,039 for the winner) comes in the stamina test for fillies (3.05) with Isabel De Urbina, the clear choice.

Ralph Beckett’s classy four-year-old trotted up nicely in her seasonal reappearance in the Good-to-Soft at Goodwood. With Harry Bentley aboard again, she looks set to do the same today, in this six-runner contest over 1m 5f.

Much will depend on a true pace from the off. She should account for Precious Ramotswe, stepping up from a good win at Brighton three weeks ago.

In the other six-runner contest, the Fillies Handicap (4.50) for three-year-olds, I’m looking no further than Sir Michael Stoute’s eye-catching Desert Diamond who kicked off her season with a comfy win at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, and looks a class above most of these.

Only the relatively unexposed Akvavera (that Beckett/Bentley combination again) poses any real threat to the selection.

The most exciting race of the day is likely to come in the five-furlong Sprint Handicap (3.40) as El Astronaute, who scuppered our jackpot bid last week, tries for a swift repeat.

Major Jumbo and Carlton Frankie look well placed to spoil the party, though, with Turpin’s preference – but only just – for the latter, Mick Easterby’s well-regarded four-year-old filly.

The last race (5.25) 20-runner highlight could be the opportunity for Explain to make amends for getting crowded out at Chester recently, when the gelding looked ready to score.

But the old stager, ten-year-old top weight Alfred Hutchinson, represents danger, as do My Amigo, Heaven’s Guest, Theodorico and Heaven’s Guest. Small stakes advised!

Turpin’s tips


Win: Salateen
Each way: Hayadh
Longshot: Gilgamesh


Win: Battersea
EW: Manjaam
Longshot: Across The Stars


Win: Isabel De Urbina (nap)
EW:Precious Ramotswe


Win: Carlton Frankie
EW: El Astronaute
Longshot: Major Jumbo


Win: Jfoul
EW: Moyassar
Longshot: Pacino


Win: Desert Diamond (nb)
EW: Akvavera


Win: Explain
EW: Theodorico
Longshot: Heaven’s Guest