Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Press Family Raceday 2017

One of the younger jockeys… Photograph: York Racecourse
10 Sep 2017 @ 11.29 am
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The tipsters’ table, York Races, Sunday, September 10, 2017

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

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukDaily StarPunters’ Lounge
1.55Lagenda (nb)GarterJacob's PillowRoyal ConnoisseurLagendaRoll On RoryArt Echo
2.30Innocent TouchIndian ChiefIndian ChiefHanseaticCarnageoIndian Chief (nb)Innocent Touch
3.00Lancelot Du Lac (nap)IntisaabSpiritual Lady (nap)DownforceDownforceSteady PaceLancelot Du Lac
3.35ElarqamAyutthaya (nb)ElarqamElarqamFighting IrishAyutthaya (nap)Ayutthaya
4.10Di AltaGraceful LadyGraceful LadyAttention SeakerKashmiri SunsetAirtonGraceful Lady
4.45EquilateralEquilateral (nap)EquilateralPretty BabyEquilateralEquilateralEquilateral
5.20 Dakota GoldDakota GoldPrivate MatterDakota GoldDakota GoldHee HawDakota Gold

After a thrilling summer of high drama at Knavesmire, it’s time for the most relaxed meeting of the year, The Press Family Raceday.

Our favourite highwayman tipster, Dick Turpin marks your card.

Turpin writes:

As with so much racing at Knavesmire this season, the weather holds the key to the six-furlong Garrowby Stakes sprint feature race (3.00). The clue is in the name: it’s not called Knaves-mire for no reason.

Lancelot Du Lac has proved to be something of a mudlover – and, if Turpin’s French is to be trusted, the precipitation-loving clue is again in the name: ‘Du Lac’.

Dean Ivory’s gelding made all in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood last month and the merest hint of rain and soft conditions will be enough to see this highwayman put his season’s winnings on the seven-year-old nap selection to triumph over all his younger rivals here.

Tommy Taylor merits respect, as do Downforce, Don’t Touch and Spiritual Lady. But, for once, this highwayman will be praying for a bit of overnight rain to help things along.

Here is Turpin’s quick look down the rest of the card:

Last month’s second at Catterick for Lagenda was duly recorded in the Turpin notebook; the improved performance largely due to the appliance of blinkers for the first time. If Kevin Ryan really has found the secret, this four-year-old colt should hold all the aces in the first (1.55), at the main expense of recent Thirsk runner-up God Willing.

Eagle-eyed readers of the racecard will notice that the selection’s sire was named after a notorious folk ‘hero’ round these parts, none other than Dick Turpin!

Right at the top of the handicap, Innocent Touch should take all the beating in the 2.30. Richard Fahey’s six-year-old is running into a good seam of form, and is favoured, just ahead of Ryan’s Briyouni, who was an impressive runner-up at Thirsk last month.

On paper, Ayutthaya’s debut second at Hamilton sets the standard, and improvement is likely. But, with memories of Frankel at Knavesmire still fresh in Turpin’s mind, I’m happy to let my heart rule my head for the 3.35 novice race over seven furlongs.

The selection is Elarqam, a 1.6m-guinea yearling by Frankel out of prolific-winner Attraction. The impressive family tree is backed up by very positive reports from Mark Johnston’s Middleham yard.

Everything depends on how well Dane O’Neill can settle the youngster who is already lined up for the Dewhurst and a string of top races. The 6lb penalty for Fighting Irish’s Salisbury win might be enough to keep him out of the frame.

A step up in trip could make the world of difference to Di Alta (4.10). The High Chaparral filly is up against hotly fancied Graceful Lady, Attention Seaker and Kashmiri Sunset.

But if the gallop is fair, Ed Walker’s three-year-old should give a good account at decent odds. Shearling is a very appealing Longshot choice, having just missed out at Chester over a much shorter trip last month; she could be a real value surprise package over this extended two miles.

In the 4.45 novice race, Dakota Gold looks the pick. His eye-catching debut success over 5f at Bath in August suggested there is much more to come. Savalas, unlucky in running here last month, and finding 6f a shade too much, deserves consideration for a place over this shorter trip.

Dakota Gold, never out of the first two places this season, looks a firm bet in the last race handicap (5.20).

Turpin’s tips

Win: Lagenda (nb)
Place: God Willing
Longshot: Cliff

Win: Innocent Touch
Place: Briyouni
Longshot: Trading Point

Win: Lancelot Du Lac (nap)
Place: Don’t Touch
Longshot: Spiritual Lady

Win: Elarqam
Place: Ayutthaya

Win: Di Alta
Place: Attention Seaker
Longshot: Shearling

Win: Equilateral
Place: Savalas

Win: Dakota Gold
Place: Pennsylvania Dutch
Longshot: Gnaad