DBS Premier Yearling Stakes (Class 2) (2YO only) (1.55) – There’s a slight worry that Kool Kompany may not be suited by such a big field – his only poor effort came in the Coventry Stakes, a 15 runner field – but he is the clear class of the field, rated 5lbs and upwards of a field which has only two others rated above 100 by the handicapper. Twice a Group 2 winner – in the Railway Stakes and Prix Robert Papin – he stands out on not only those efforts, but his close second in the Phoenix Stakes when just run out of the finish late on and if 11 days proves to be enough of a gap for him to recover from his efforts he has to take the beating. 13 of the field have yet to run in group company and no other horse in the race has won one, and the form of his best runs stands up to the closest scrutiny.
The Hannon yard should have a good line on second favourite Fast Act, who was thrashed by Tiggy Wiggy in the Super Sprint and should be right there if staying this extra furlong after his Molecomb Stakes second when Mukhamal (another for who stamina is a worry) was well behind. William Haggas’s Valley of Fire is sure to improve after his debut when he snatched victory despite huge experience although that form has since been let down and his backers are banking on potential – although he has a lot of it. New Providence may keep on improving and if doing so, has the potential to proe well treated at the weights. Mubtaghaa is of interest on form although he weakened badly in the final furlong in the July Stakes – and it could be that Shawaahel is best of the Maktoum horses although Arcano looks at least as useful. Those looking for a well-treated outsider at the weights could do much worse than Kasbah, who will not have been sent here lightly by Johnny Murtagh.
Advice: 1 pt win Kool Kompany (3/1 general)
Clipper Logistics Handicap (Class 2) (3YO plus) (3.05) – A fiercely competitive handicap with any amount likely contenders. Things haven’t always gone right for Bronze Angel this season but his impressive win here two starts ago was one of the best efforts in the field and after the drop back to 7 furlongs didn’t suit him in the international at Ascot he was unlucky to be just seventh behind Red Avenger in the Goodwood Mille after getting a dreadful draw and then a blocked run later on and with York being far less idiosyncratic than Goodwood, he can go well off just 5lbs higher than the one given to him for his C&D win from a much better stall position.
Much like Bronze Angel, things haven’t quite gone right for Gabrial’s Kaka since his Spring Cup win but he arrives her on a sensible mark and his previous efforts can also be upgraded. Tried over 10 furlongs at Chester when taking on group horses, he was smashed from side to side in the Hunt Cup and then left out of his ground when third in a very competitive Sandown handicap in which Russian Realm was fourth, making ground had over first although the winner had flown that day – on a card where making ground from behind had proven to be extremely difficult judged by other results. George Chaloner’s 3lbs claim is invaluable here in such a tight race and he makes appeal
Short Squeeze should enjoy the step back upto a mile and has been given a lenient 2lbs drop from the handicapper and he’s amongst the most feared here although Parabold has plenty of form that makes his mark look very fair and his gelding may be the making of him.
Those looking for a real outsider could do far worse than Top Notch Tonto, who is yet to show the remarkable form that he did last Autumn but has gone from a mark of 115 to 108 after being very highly tried in relation to today’s company and with Mikey Ennis taking 7lbs off, now races off just 101 – a good 18lbs lower than the mark that he had at the start of the season. While he’s yet to fire so far this year, this could be the first reasonable assignment he’s had since winning a Listed race at Redcar last year. The handicapper is finally cutting Boom and Bust some slack too but he’s perhaps got loess potential to be well ahead of his mark.
Advice: 1 pt each/way Bronze Angel (9/1 Skybet*, 11/1 general), 1 pt each/way Gabiral’s Kaka (12/1 Skybet)