Wednesday 17 August 2016

1:55 York Racing Tips (18th Aug) GOFFS PREMIER YEARLING STAKES (CLASS 2) (2yo)

This Goffs Yearling Stakes race is run over 6f on good to firm ground with nineteen entrants battling to win £147,540. 

A very competitive two-year-old race so I will detail a handful of live chances on performance and value bets.

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The betting suggests this is a wide-open heat especially with the withdrawal of Legendary Lunch who would have started one of the major fancies after winning the Woodcote Stakes (Listed) and far from disgraced in the Norfolk Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot. 

Miss Infinity [pictured] is one of two horses to represent Mark Johnston. This Irish-bred bay filly is a daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar, purchased by the trainer for £80,000 at the yearling sales. She has raced five times for Mark Johnston Racing Ltd and proven a very talented filly. Three wins display a gusty attitude, most poignantly a recent neck victory at Listed class when travelled to Vichy, France. An official rating of 94 puts her high on the pecking order here and from a string of Group entries I can assess she is one of the top juveniles in Kingsley Park. Connections will be expecting a bold show. 

David Barron knows his horses and Danielsflyer is a horse going places. This son of Dandy Man ran on with purpose when closing fast at the line in the Woodcote Stakes (Listed) to be denied by Legendary Lunch. That form reads well. Interesting to reason why this bay colt hasn't been seen since early June but he has probably suffered from a niggle or two and then connections decided to wait for this big money race.    

Another battling type is Ann Duffield's Rainbow Mist who on official figures is top rated. This bay colt was raised 11lb for his last win at York over the minimum trip. This Irish-bred likes to be held up off the pace and then challenge late which could prove to be a valuable asset as this will be run at a furious pace. Additionally, stepping up to 6f should mean she isn't detached, which even when your plan is to run on, can be a void to fill over the minimum trip especially a large field. This son of Lilborne Lad is a hardy sort who will be rattling towards the line. Definitely one for the short list. 

Mark Jonhston's Rusumaat has plenty of pace and could well have many of these struggling to keep tabs. This son of Arcano runs in the silks of Hamdan Al Maktoum and a bargain buy at £45,000. He displayed sparkling speed at Redcar over 6f when going clear by seven lengths. This March foal was disappointing when unplaced in the Coventry Stakes (Group 2) at Royal Ascot. Paul Hanagan him at Goodwood in a competitive nursery only second by a neck to Final Reckoning. 

Conclusion: Never an easy race to assess. A difficult call but I would give Miss Infinity a fair crack of the whip. Definitely not a betting race for me. I would rather pick a couple of lesser lights and lay them to be unplaced. A supreme win for connections and with prize money down to the sixth place means jockeys won't be lacking enthusiasm today.