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15:40 York

A competitive seven furlong, three year old handicap awaits.

Rifleman was in the process of running a fine race at Sandown, until jinking and unseating Ryan Moore when mounting a promising challenge. It’s anyone’s guess as to why he did that, maybe he’d seen something or maybe the whip? Whatever it was, he has the application of blinkers in an attempt to stop that occurring again.

He’s likely to head the market, but considering his antics last time, he doesn’t really appeal at likely odds.

Huddleston Mac takes a drop in class here. This is a marked step down from a Greenham, but whichever way you look at it, he was very disappointing.

I could see Sadiqaa running into a place. A consistent two year old. His mark is fair enough based on those efforts, and if he has strengthened at all from last season should go well.

Northern Express is the selection. Trainer Michael Dods has started the season well and this horse made a highly respectable comeback run at Beverley.

He was a little fresh and keen that day, and the hill at Beverley caught him out, but with the plumb inside draw over seven furlongs at York and flatter track looks an ideal combination.

If prices allow Northern Express looks to have a great chance of being in the frame.


written by Matt Polley


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