The Knavesmire plays host to York’s three-day May meeting which gets underway on Wednesday afternoon, the two feature races being the Group 2 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes at 2.40pm and at 3.10pm the Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes.
We will provide Horse Racing tips, previews and predictions for both of these races, run over 6f and one mile two and a half furlongs respectively, along with an ultra-competitive sprint handicap at 2.10pm.
Our Tip for the 2.10pm at York:
As you would expect for a 19-runner sprint handicap at York, a wide-open affair in which most can be given a chance on their best form. Trainer Tim Easterby likes nothing better than a win on the Knavesmire and is four-handed in this six furlong speed test.
Best of the quartet could be the ex Richard Hannon-trained Manigordo who seemed to appreciate dropping down to this trip for the first time when making all of the running to win on his second start for Easterby at Thirsk last month.
However, drawn highest of all in stall 19, it could pay to side with course specialist Soldier’s Minute who took this race in 2019 off a 6lb lower mark. The Raven’s Pass gelding only managed to win one of his 11 starts in 2020, on Kempton’s all-weather surface in November, but went close on several occasions including when finishing second of 22 here last August.
Joe Fanning’s mount probably recorded his best performance when fourth behind Nahaarr, beaten two lengths, in the 24-runner Ayr Gold Cup. Off the same mark, a reproduction of that effort would see the Keith Dalgleish-trained gelding go close at a venue that clearly suits.
Our Tip for the 2.40pm at York:
An open renewal of this Group 3 contest with those at the head of the betting, Art Power, Oxted and Starman all posting strong claims. While the likes of Brando, Nahaarr, Summerghamd and Final Song are all capable of going close on their day.
With the stable of Roger Varian in terrific form at the moment however, his Molatham makes plenty of appeal dropping down to 6f for the first time since finishing a neck second to Mums Tipple on his two-year-old debut at Ascot.
On his first run as a three-year-old the mount of Jim Crowley won the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot before finishing fifth behind Pinatubo in a Group 1 at Deauville.
Third on his next start in the Group 2 Park Stakes at Doncaster behind Wichita and One Master, the son of Night Of Thunder ended the season in the QE11 at Ascot on Champions Day, beating only two home on the soft ground.
Molatham should not be inconvenienced by the lack of an outing as his Royal Ascot victory came following a break of eight months. And time may show that six furlongs could be the colt’s optimum trip with races like the Diamond Jubilee and July Cup possible targets later in the season.
Our Tip for the 3.10pm at York:
Teona has been a big mover in the Oaks ante-post market over the last few days and is expected to go off a short price for this informative trial, won by the likes of Islington, Passage Of Time, Lush Lashes, Sariska and The Fugue this century.
The daughter of Sea The Stars has bags of potential. But a nine length victory at odds of ⅓ at Newcastle last November hardly entitled the filly to be around even money for this Oaks trial.
By champion sire Galileo, out of multiple Group 1 winning mare Midday, there is probably not a better bred horse in training than the Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly Noon Star.
The mount of Richard Kingscote, following a promising debut at Salisbury, won her only other start as a juvenile, winning comfortably in a Nottingham maiden last October.
Sent off the ⅘ favourite to make a winning reappearance at Wetherby last month, Neon Star could not have been more impressive in cruising home with the minimum of fuss.
Fourth on that occasion was Sherbet Lemon, beaten almost nine lengths, who went on to take last Saturday’s Oaks trial at Lingfield, giving the form a solid look. In what looks a significant trial, Neon Star can join Santa Barbara at the head of the betting for the fillies’ Classic with victory on the Knavesmire.
Here at Freebets.com we will continue to bring you the very best horse racing betting tips from our experts and the best collection of free bets and betting offers anywhere. Please note all odds are correct at the time of publication.