Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 10:21 23/08/2014
William Haggas-trained Graphic can upset the favourite in the Betfred Play Today’s £2Million+ Scoop6 Strensall Stakes in the first race at York today.
The five-year-old is a consistent performer with winning form at this level and re-united with jockey Ryan Moore can take this extended one mile Group 3 contest at stand out odds of 11/2 on William Hill.
Graphic faces six rivals on the Knavesmire and the main opposition is the warm favourite Farraaj trained at Newmarket by Roger Varian with Andrea Atzeni aboard. The son of Dubai Destination is on a hattrick after winning a handicap at the Epsom Derby meeting followed by an impressive victory in the John Smith’s Cup on this course last month. However his record in Group company is not too inspiring, a victory on Lingfield’s all weather track his sole success in five attempts in this class.
Lady Lara and Custom Cut should not be easily discounted. He former is a consistent three-year-old filly capable of more than her double digit odds suggest while in-form Custom Cut won a similar grade contest when landing a hattrick at Leopardstown nine days ago.
However, Graphic is taken to come out on top, his yard is bang in form and the has not finished out of the first two in four runs this term. The gelding won his reappearance at Doncaster and will represents excellent value if repeating the form he showed when comfortably landing a Group 3 race at Maisons-Laffitte last time.