Dick Turpin (tipster)

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2019, Day 4

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival, Day 4

Apart from the unbeatable Stradivarius yesterday, our resident tipster Dick Turpin was left licking his wounds, having handed the bookies all his ill-gotten cash. But he’s promised that he’s going to bounce back on the final day of the Ebor Festival, with the title race taking centre stage at 3.40.

The cream of Britain’s middle-distance performers promise a titanic battle for the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (3.40), writes Turpin.

Roger Charlton’s Cesarewitch winner, Withhold heads the weights and is certain to be battling it out at the line. The six-year-old’s main rivals will be Mark Johnston’s King’s Advice, William Haggas’ Raheen House, and John Gosden’s Ben Vrackie.

Though Ben Vrackie was well behind King’s Advice at Newmarket, that run looked as if it came too soon after his creditable perfomance at Royal Ascot. Well rested, and with the benefit of Frankie Dettori again on board, he’s taken to get revenge today in the battle for a juicy £600,000 prize.

My friends in Ireland report Eminence on amazingly good form, and he is a strong choice to land the spoils in the Melrose Handicap (2.25).

Turpin’s tips


Win: Wissahickon
EW: Bangkok


Win: Eminence (n.b.)
EW: First In Line
Longshot: Kiefer


Win: Cape Byron
EW: Speak In Colours
Longshot: Eqtidaar


Win: Ben Vrackie (Nap)
EW: Withhold
Longshot: Weekender


Win: Alligator Alley
EW: Mighty Spirit
Longshot: Streamline


Win: Tudor City
EW: Johnny Drama
Longshot: Poet’s Dawn


Win: Recon Mission
EW: Pass The Vino
Longshot: Roulston Scar

From August 23, 2019 @8.54 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival, Day 3

Twelve contenders line up today for one of the highlights of the sprint racing calendar, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (3.35)

There’s no need to look any further than Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns in the Nunthorpe (3.35), writes Turpin.

Ryan Moore finally got the colt back to winning ways in spectacular fashion in the July Cup at Newmarket, after failing to land the spoils an the 2,000 Guineas and the Commonwealth Cup

The drop in trip to the minimum distance should be exactly what’s needed to get the absolute best from this very highly rated speed machine. Battaash has strong claims too, but Turpin’s loot will be all on Ten Sovereigns to do the business.

Thanks to my eagle-eyed spies for alerting me to Dubai Mirage on his debut at Sandown earlier this month. We got our each-way money back (at 5-1) when he was pipped by just a nose by the very smart odds-on favourite Native Tribe.

Now, with racecourse experience under his belt, and the likeable Oisin Murphy up, Turpin expects to clean up today, at the main expense of Molatham and Fox Duty Free.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Mandarin
EW: Jazeel
Longshot: Persian Moon


Win: Stradivarius


Win: Spartan Fighter
EW: Malotru
Longshot: Repartee


Win: Ten Sovereigns (Nap)
EW: Mabs Cross
Longshot: Soldier’s Call


Win: Dubai Mirage (n.b.)
EW: Tulip Fields
Longshot: African Swift


Win: Seductive Moment
EW: Fastman
Longshot: Jonah Jones

From August 22, 2019 @ 11.27 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival, Day 2

YorkMix tipster, Dick Turpin, kicked off the Ebor Festival with a modest two winners yesterday.

Can he improve on that for Day Two, where the Lowther Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks are the highlights on the card? Over to you, dandy highwayman…

Will anyone oppose Frankie Dettori on John Gosden’s flying machine, Enable, in the Yorkshire Oaks (3.35)? , writes Turpin.

Gosden’s other runner in the field of four, Lah Ti Dar is the only other serious contender, but surely nothing can stand in the way of the brilliant Enable looking for her seventh consecutive win en route to the Arc at Longchamp in October.

At likely odds of 1-3, the only question for punters is how far will the winning distance be. Turpin’s money says she’ll storm home by at least four lengths.

Liberty Beach is also hard to oppose in the opener, the valuable fillies’ race, the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes (1.55). But my preference is for Wejdan. One race, one win so far. But what a debut it was at Newbury when she floored 14 rivals over the same six-furlong distance.

William Haggas rates this juvenile highly and assures us that more racecourse experience will be accompanied by significant improvement. She’s my nap of the day.

We’ve also had an encouraging word for Search For A Song who impressed in the Irish Oaks (fourth) in July. She takes on Frosty and Frankellina in the Galtres Stakes (4.15).

Turpin’s tips


Win: Wejdan (Nap)
EW: Under The Stars
Longshot: Celtic Beauty


Win: Raahy
EW: Show Me Show Me
Longshot: St Ives


Win: Kynren
EW: Baltic Baron
Longshot: Blackheath


Win: Enable


Win: Search For A Song (nb)
EW: Hameem
Longshot: Vivionn


Win: Chaleur
EW: Mubtasimah
Longshot: Our Little Pony

From August 21, 2019 @ 11.20 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival, Day 1

Most four-day race meetings start steadily and build up to a climax.

Not so with the brilliant Ebor festival, which kicks off today with a bang – an impressive renewal of the Juddmonte International (3.35) with a £602,544 purse for the winner.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Ocean is the well-fancied horse the other eight entrants have to beat. But YorkMix’s Tipster in Residence has decided to oppose the hot favourite in his search for great value. Here are the suggestions from YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin…

1.55: Dakota Gold’s stylish victory in Ripon’s Great St Wilfrid last week sets the standard for this five-furlong dash. The central draw is helpful, and Darlington trainer Michael Dods’ steed appears to handle any going. David O’Meara’s progressive Arecibo represents great value for each-way backers.

2.25: Persuasion’s winning debut at Goodwood hints at a huge career for Charlie Hills’ descendant of Galileo. But the colt won’t have everything his own way and there is stiff opposition from novice winners Valdermoro, Ethic and Vitalogy. Cobra Eye (Frankie Dettori) impressed at Goodwood too – and could give the selection most to do.

3.00: Only five runners in the valuable Great Voltigeur Stakes, and there’s no need for me to look any further than Logician. John Gosden’s charge looks to be a champion of the future, and with Dettori aboard again, he is a confident choice.

3.35: The big one! Crystal Ocean’s claims are hard to ignore… but Turpin will try. An Ascot win, and creditable runner-up to Enable in the King George mark out the Stoute five-year-old as a leading contender. But I prefer the look of King Of Comedy (Gosden and Dettori again!). A very progressive type, whose impressive second begind Circus Maximus at Ascot clearly hinted at much more to come. As always, we look for value, and this exciting three-year-old is the Nap selection.

4.15: Carnwennan returns to his happy hunting ground, having scored here earlier this year, followed up with wins at Chelmsford and Newcastle. A repeat of those performances will be good enough to account for this field, with the biggest threats posed by Charles Kingsley and Infrastructure.

4.50: Can Oti Ma Boati complete a four-timer? It’s a tougher ask this time, after narrow successes at Pontefract, Newcastle and Doncaster. But that career path suggests progression and the plucky filly could have enough in reserve to account for the fancied Malvern, Otago and Homespin. Pop Dancer, Richard Fahey’s attractive colt is clearly in with a strong chance too – and represents excellent each-way value.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Dakota Gold
EW: Arecibo
Longshot: Justanotherbottle


Win: Persuasion
EW: Cobra Eye
Longshot: Yorkshire Gold


Win: Logician (nb)


Win: King of Comedy (Nap)
EW: Japan
Longshot: Elarqam


Win: Carnwennan
EW: Charles Kingsley
Longshot: Mancini


Win: Oti Ma Boati
EW: Pop Dancer
Longshot: Stone Circle

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase Weekend, Day 2

The tipsters’ table

York Races, Saturday, 27 July, 2019

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukTimeformOddschecker
2.05Get KnottedStarlight RomanceTommy TaylorTommy TaylorGet KnottedMedahimGet KnottedTommy TaylorMedahimGet KnottedTommy Taylor
2.40Flying Pursuit (nb)Flying Pursuit (nap)GulliverFlying PursuitTomilySavalasGulliverEncryptedFlying PursuitDakota GoldEncrypted
3.15Regal RealityAddeybbElarqamElarqamAddeybbRegal RealityBangkokRegal RealityRegal RealityRegal RealityRegal Reality
3.45Abstemious (nap)Mr Jones And MeAbstemiousAbstemiousAbstemiousAbstemiousAbstemiousAbstemiousAbstemiousAbstemiousAbstemious
4.20MakaweeAlways ResoluteMakaweeMakaweeOrin SwiftMakaweeAlways ResoluteMakaweeMakaweeMakaweeMakawee
4.55AudaryaNette RousseTamreerNette Rousse (nap)Nette RousseNette RousseTamreerAudaryaAudaryaNette RousseAudarya
5.25Triple DistilledTriple DistilledI Am A DreamerSparklealotRamessesTriple Distilled (nb)AstrologerRamessesTriple DistilledTriple DistilledRamesses

It’s day 2 of the Music Showcase weekend, with James Arthur the headliner after a full day’s racing on Saturday.

Turpin claimed two winners on Day 1. So what are his picks for today’s action at York Racecourse?

The heavy overnight rain is set to turn the form books on their head, writes Turpin.

Yesterday, the £31,125 Sky Bet Dash (2.40) looked to be at the mercy of Gulliver, Staxton or Growl. Though we can’t rule them out, the continuing easing of the ground now brings Tim Easterby’s Flying Pursuit strongly back into the reckoning.

The six-year-old gelding has triumphed in this prestigious contest for the last two years – and now the rain has arrived to give his chances a real boost. He won’t have it all his own way, though. The aforementioned trio, together with David O’Meara’s Tomily will be right there at the line too.

Dakota Gold also comes into the equation, having been sharpened by an encouraging reappearance at Newcastle last month.

A small but competitive field for the feature race, The Sky Bet York Stakes (3.15). sir Michael Stoute’s Regal Reality sets the standard here, after an impressive third in the Eclipse Stakes three weeks ago.

As long as the colt can act on the going, he should account for main rivals Addeybb and Bangkok. The betting market should offer the best clue there.

It’s hard to believe that there is any other contender with the class of Abstemious in the Median Auction Stakes (3.45). His debut here two weeks ago saw him touched off only by the highly rated Oh Purple Reign. The newcomers, International Tiger and Creativity are unknown quantities, though the latter’s pedigree suggests there might be a flicker of a threat.

But Kevin Ryan’s charge, in the capable hands of Jamie Spencer, remains a confident nap selection.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Get Knotted
EW: Tommy Taylor
Longshot: Love Dreams


Win: Flying Pursuit (nb)
EW: Gulliver
Longshot: Dakota Gold


Win: Regal Reality
EW: Addeybb


Win: Abstemious (nap)
Longshot: Creativity


Win: Makawee
EW: Yabass


Win: Audarya
EW: Ladies First


Win: Triple Distilled
EW: Ramesses
Longshot: Astrologer

From July 26, 2019 @ 9.49 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase Weekend, Day 1

It’s the Music Showcase weekend, with Tears For Fears performing at York Racecourse on Friday evening, and James Arthur on Saturday.

A few good wins before the concerts would be music to the ears of most racegoers. So who’s on course for glory? Over to YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin

Even if the rain does come, Knavesmire is likely to remain good to firm all evening, and that bodes well for Daniel Tudhope, looking to consolidate his position at the top of the jockey’s table, writes Turpin.

David O’Meara’s stable jockey has three excellent chances to win tonight, but only one ride, Baltic Baron (8.00), is for his home stable.

Just one win from 11 runs in France for Andre Fabre was not good enough for this grandson of Sadler’s Wells. The word from the yard is that a recent gelding operation has been a success.

O’Meara has a good record in this handicap and Turpin is hopeful for a great run at a good price. Likely competition will come from Irv and Alexander James.

Tudhope’s earlier runner, Boosala, looks nailed-on to score in the 7-urlong auction stakes (7.00); but at likely short odds, this is not really a gambling proposition.

William Haggas’s debut winner at Windsor, could shape into a good miler before the season’s over.

The third Tudhope contender is Our Little Pony. With a clearer run, the four-year-old filly could have notched a course-and-distance win. The switch of jockey is significant.

The seven-runner feature race, the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies Stakes (7.30) in a middling renewal of the 1m 2f contest.

Frankellina and Kirstenbosch merit respect, but my fancy is for Encapsualtion to carry away the spoils on only his second run for Andrew Balding.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Chance
EW: Potenza
Longshot: Highway Grey


Win: Our Little Pony (NB)
EW: Cool Spirit
Longshot: Spring Romance


Win: Boosala
EW: Phoenix Approach


Win: Encapsulation
EW: Fanny Logan


Win: Baltic Baron (Nap)
EW: Alexander James
Longshot: Crownthorpe


Win: Tenax
EW: Lady Calcaria

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s Meeting, Day 2

The tipsters’ table

York Races, Saturday, 13 July, 2019

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukTimeformOddschecker
2.05Copper KnightCopper KnightCopper KnightPoetryEmblazonedCopper KnightFinal VentureCaspian PrinceEmblazonedCopper KnightCaspian Prince
2.40Gold Mount (nb)Weekender (nb)Gold MountWeekenderKelly's DinoGold MountGold MountGold MountWeekenderWeekenderGold Mount
3.15EscobarRise HallRise HallMasham StarCrownthorpeEscobarMasham StarEscobarEscobarRise HallEscobar
3.50Afaak (nap)JazeelPivoineStylehunter (nb)AfaakMy Lord And Master (nap)Setting SailScarlet DragonMountain AngelStylehunterScarlet Dragon
4.25ManciniMakaweeManciniManciniManciniMakaweeMakaweeAl KoutManciniManciniAl Kout
5.00Oh Purple ReignNo MercyAbstemiousOh Purple ReignOh Purple ReignOh Purple ReignNo MercyOh Purple ReignOh Purple ReignAbstemiousOh Purple Reign
5.35Dragon CommandDragon CommandDragon CommandMy Kinda DayDragon CommandDragon CommandDragon CommandEndowedTroubadorDragon CommandEndowed

It’s John Smith’s day at Knavesmire, and our trusty tipster Dick Turpin is hoping to match or exceed his three-winner haul of yesterday.

You’ll need nerves of steel to bet big on today’s spectacular John Smith’s Diamond Jubilee Cup (3.50), writes Turpin.

The ten-furlong feature handicap race is always one of the season’s most competitive races, and with 22 declared runners, this year’s renewal looks even tougher than usual. Stylehunter, Mountain Angel, Jazeel and Scarlet Dragon all have strong claims.

But I’m siding with top-weighted Afaak. Dane O’Neill’s five-year-old charge may be shouldering a 5lb penalty for victory at Ascot last month, but that win, by a nose, was in soft ground; today’s good to firm will suit this son of Oasis Dream much better. He may be the nap selection, but caution is advised.

I won’t be so restrained in supporting Mancini in the Stayer’s handicap (4.25). His seventh at Ascot recently is deceptive. That two-and-a-half mile trip was asking too much. This two-mile event looks tailor-made to get the best out of this gutsy five-year-old.

I’ve had a strong whisper for Gold Mount in the John Smith’s Silver Cup (2.40). His 16-1 win here (on soft ground) last month was no fluke, and this 13-furlong event will suit the gelding perfectly. John Gosden’s Weekender is the obvious danger, with Sea The Lion representing good each-way value.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Copper Knight
EW: Caspian Prince
Longshot: Poetry


Win: Gold Mount (nb)
EW: Sea The Lion


Win: Escobar
EW: Masham Star


Win: Afaak (nap)
EW: Scarlet Dragon
Longshot: Exec Chef


Win: Mancini
EW: Al Kout


Win: Oh Purple Reign
EW: Staxton Hill
Longshot: No Mercy


Win: Dragon Command
EW: Endowed
Longshot: Teenar

From July 12, 2019 @ 12.43 pm

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s Meeting, Day 1

The tipsters’ table

York Races, Friday, 12 July, 2019

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukTimeformOddschecker
2.05Spartan FighterGalactic GlowSpartan FighterSpartan FighterSpartan FighterSpartan FighterSpartan FighterSpartan FighterSpartan FighterSpartan FighterSpartan Fighter
2.40AnythingtodayDurston (nap)DurstonAnythingtodayDurstonDurstonSpeed CompanyDurstonAnythingtodayDurstonDurston
3.15Archer’s Dream (nap)Glass SlippersPerfectionShades Of BlueArcher’s Dream (nb)PerfectionFairy FalconShades Of BlueShades Of BlueArcher's DreamShades Of Blue
3.45Archie Perkins (nb)Mr Coco BeanMr Coco BeanIroncladIroncladNajasheeFurzigMusic SeekerMusic SeekerIroncladMusic Seeker
4.20Dylan De VegaDylan De VegaDylan De VegaIva GoShammahMrs BouquetShammahIva GoDylan De VegaDylan De VegaIva Go
4.55JabbarockieExcessableExcessable (nb)HolmeswoodLathomHolmeswoodHolmeswoodLathomJabbarockieHolmeswoodLathom
5.30Came From The DarkCame From The DarkIrreverentTriple DistilledIrreverentIrreverentDutch PursuitIrreverentFastmanIrreverentIrreverent

We can’t promise that YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin will match his performance of a fortnight ago when he guided us to four winners at Knavesmire.

The old rogue has been hiding out in the Forest of Galtres since then, claiming that a few of the racing world’s on-course bookies are trying to silence him. This missive arrived overnight by pigeon post:

As long as the worst of the rain holds off today, I’m confident we can cane the bookies once more, writes Turpin.

The feature race, The Group 3 William Hill Summer Stakes (3.15), has attracted a classy field of fillies, headed by Shades of Blue, Perfection, Foxtrot Lady and Archer’s Dream. Preference is for the latter, as James Fanshawe’s progressive three-year-old continues to impress after three unbeaten outings this term.

Her dead heat in a listed six-furlong contest at Salisbury last month confirmed the ability shown at Doncaster and Yarmouth over the same distance.

Likeable jockey George Wood has developed a tremendous understanding with this granddaughter of Acclamation – and bigger things are predicted for my nap of the day.

I like to find value in my suggestions for you, but sometimes it is simply impossible to look beyond the likely favourites.

That’s the case for the first two races today where Spartan Fighter looks to have everything going his way in the opener (2.05), and likewise for Anythingtoday in the second race (2.40), a handicap just a few yards short of a mile and a half.

A more competitive event, the 30 Year Curzon Club York Anniversary Handicap (3.45) is much harder to fathom. Likely favourite Mr Coco Bean is aiming for a hat-trick of wins, but I fear this may be a much tougher contest than last week’s Haydock victory and, with a penalty, he is worth opposing.

Archie Perkins appeals most after nice wins at Beverley and Redcar. I believe his recent third when beaten favourite at Beverley can be disregarded as he was hampered and lost momentum in running. Though he’s a Win selection, he may still be value for money as an each-way proposition (perhaps 7/1 or longer).

Turpin’s tips


Win: Spartan Fighter


Win: Anythingtoday
EW: Oasis Fantasy


Win: Archer’s Dream (nap)
EW: Perfection
Longshot: Queen Of Desire


Win: Archie Perkins (NB)
EW: Music Seeker
Longshot: Thomas Cranmer


Win: Dylan De Vega
EW: Shammah


Win: Jabbarockie
EW: Excessable
Longshot: Holmeswood


Win: Came From The Dark
EW: Irreverent
Longshot: Triple Distilled

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the June meeting, Day 2

York Races, Saturday, 15 June, 2019

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukTimeformOddschecker
1.50MakaweeMister ManduroMakaweeFrench MixMawakeeFrench MixMakaweeMakaweeMakaweeArctic FoxMakawee
2.25Love DreamsLord OberonLove DreamsAbove The RestAcesGreat ProspectorAljadyGet KnottedAljadyAljadyGet Knotted
3.00Mekong (nb)Mekong (nap)MekongMekongMekongGold MountMekongMekongMekongMekongMekong
3.35Dazzling Dan (nap)FirelightMoraawedMoraawedMoraawedCosmic LawRathbone (nap)Victory DayDazzling DanVictory DayVictory Day
4.05Oso RapidoSt IvesInternational LionHistoricSun CrystalHistoricBlack CaspianBlack CaspianHistoricBlack CaspianBlack Caspian
4.40MarkaziCockalorumFrankelioMasked IdentityPoet's DawnNajasheeMasked IdentityBe KoolMarkaziBe KoolBe Kool
5.15Seen The LyteSeen The LyteJohn KirkupGalloway HillsJohn KirkupZumurudSeen The LyteBuccaneers VaultBuccaneers VaultJohn KirkupBuccaneers Vault

It’s the second day of the June meeting and the weather forecast… isn’t that bad.

After the downpours the official going for today’s Macmillan Charity Raceday is good to soft, conditions which are tricky for tipsters. Talking of which, over to our very own Dick Turpin…

The Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint (3.35) attracts a very high class field of the country’s best three-year-old speed machines, Turpin writes.

The £62,250 prize looks to be at the mercy of three main contenders: Roger Varian’s Doncaster winner Moraawed, William Haggas’s Ripon winner Victory Day, and Pamela Sly’s Newmarket victor Dazzling Dan.

Preference is for the latter to gain revenge for Moraaweed’s neck victory. The gelding is still improving and looks capable of pulling this off with David Probert on board.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Mekong looks the one to beat in the Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes (3.00).

The Frankel gelding has progressed nicely thus far: a good second over 14f at Ascot at the end of last season was followed by a first run second over two miles at Sandown in May; now back to 13furlongs, he looks a much better option, as long as the ground isn’t too heavy!

Turpin’s tips


Win: Makawee
EW: Billy No Mates
Longshot: Breath Caught


Win: Love Dreams
EW: Kaeso
Longshot: Lord Oberon


Win: Mekong (NB)
EW: Making Miracles
Longshot: Desert Skyline


Win: Dazzling Dan (Nap)
EW: Blown By Wind
Longshot: Secret Venture


Win: Oso Rapido
EW: Vardon Flyer
Longshot: Idoapologise


Win: Markazi
EW: Cockalorum
Longshot: Arcanada


Win: Seen The Lyte
EW: Buccaneer’s Vault
Longshot: Black Isle Boy

From June 14, 2019 @ 9.39 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the June meeting, Day 1

The tipsters’ table

York Races, Friday, 14 June, 2019

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukTimeformOddschecker
1.50OlcanStone CircleOlcanOlcanOlcanOlcanHurstwoodOlcanHurstwoodHurstwoodOlcan
2.20Sputnik PlanumSputnik PlanumDelph CrescentArchie PerkinsArchie PerkinsGhalib (nb)Sputnik PlanumArchie PerkinsSputnik PlanumSputnik PlanumArchie Perkins
2.55Lili Wen Fach (NB)Sparkling BreezeLili Wen FachReturn To SendersCalippoChattanooga BoyChattanooga BoyChattanooga BoyChattanooga BoyChattanooga BoyChattanooga Boy
3.30Right ActionShawaamekhEsprit De CorpsLualiwaRight ActionRight ActionKupa RiverShawaamekhRight ActionRight ActionShawaamekh
4.05Happy PowerSir Dancealot (nap)Happy PowerRaakib AlhawaHappy Power (nap)Sir Dancealot (nap)Happy Power (nap)Sir DancealotWadilsafaRaakib AlhawaSir Dancealot
4.40Lady Dancealot (nap)Lady DancealotExcellent Times (nap)Society Queen (nap)Hells BabeSociety QueenQueen's GiftLady DancealotExcellent TimesLady DancealotLady Dancealot
5.15Royal CosmicKilowattAppointedBurn Some DustFramley GarthSpeed CompanyRoarRoarSpeed CompanySpeed CompanyRoar

It’s the biggest charity race meeting in Britain – just by turning up you help raise money for great causes.

But can we help you to pocket a little cash for yourself too? Over to the YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin…

“If the rain comes they run and hide their heads / They might as well be dead / If the rain comes, if the rain comes,” writes Turpin.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney weren’t writing about conditions on Knavesmire, but the sentiment looks very apt this week.

With rain-soaked ground already, and a forecast 80 per cent chance of more precipitation (albeit light rain), punters might as well be dead. So take great care if you find yourself tempted to splash your cash in the betting ring today.

The last time conditions were this poor, the bookies had a field day as the bottomless ground turned the form books upside down.

As last year, the big race, the Ganton Stakes (4.05), attracts just five runners competing for the £28,355 prize. The small field gives a realistic chance to all five, especially if the pace is anything less than a true gallop over the whole seven furlongs.

David Elsworth’s ever-popular Sir Dancealot is likely to make a bold showing. But preference is for Andrew Balding’s Happy Power who impressed recently at Newbury. As long as champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa ensures a true pace throughout, the three-year-old colt will take all the beating.

Sir Dancealot’s half-sister, Lady Dancealot (how do they think of these names?) is a much more interesting betting proposition than her sibling. She runs in the ten-runner British Ebf Premier Fillies Handicap (4.40).

Her recent third place at Windsor has been boosted by a subsequent win by the runner-up in that race. Likely favourite, Philipine Cobra is a clear danger, penalised for a recent win, but still lurking dangerously at the bottom of the weights.

Lili Wen Fach ground out a gutsy win at Chepstow last week over five furlongs in a finish that suggested she might fare even better over six furlongs. She is the selection in the 6f Skf Rous Selling Stakes (2.55), the most valuable selling race of the season.

As ever, on wet days at Knavesmire, take great care; the racing is always exciting, but it can be a graveyard for punters. With a lot of luck, a following wind and clearing skies, you might be able to sing, ‘Here comes the sun’ by the time you get to the last race (5.15), especially if the mud-loving Royal Cosmic obliges, as my friends near Richard Fahey’s Malton yard have hinted.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Olcan
EW: Hurstwood
Longshot: She Can Dance


Win: Sputnik Planum
EW: Ghalib
Longshot: MikMak


Win: Lili Wen Fach (NB)
EW: Calippo
Longshot: Afterallthat


Win: Right Action
EW: Shawaamekh
Longshot: Dream Walker


Win: Happy Power
Longshot: Raakib Alhawa


Win: Lady Dancealot (nap)
EW: Philipine Cobra
Longshot: Conga


Win: Royal Cosmic
EW: Roar
Longshot: Kilowatt

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the First Saturday 2019

The tipsters’ table

York Races, Saturday, 25 May, 2019

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
2.00SalateenDancing Star (treble)So BelovedCardsharpDancing StarSo BelovedSalateenSo BelovedCardsharp
2.35MakaweeMakaweeFramley GarthArmedMakaweeMakaweeMakaweeMakaweeMakawee
3.05Enbihaar (nap)EnbihaarEnbihaarPilasterEnbihaarEnbihaarPilasterAlexanaPilaster
3.45El AstronauteEeh Bar Gum (nap)El Astronaute (nap)Lord Riddiford (nb)El AstronauteEeh Bah GumEl AstronauteLeodis DreamEl Astronaute
4.15War StormDutch DecoyWar StormInternational LionDutch DecoyDutch DecoyDutch DecoyMakyonDutch Decoy
4.50ElishebaElishebaArctic FoxElishebaArctic Fox (nap)Arctic FoxElishebaElishebaElisheba
5.25Magic City (nb)SalutiCitron MajorRight ActionRight ActionSalutiSalutiSir RodericRight Action

After the frantic activity of the Dante meeting, Knavesmire gets back to a more relaxed atmosphere today with the First Saturday meeting of the year.

Our resident tipster, Dick Turpin has only just returned from a week-long tour of the city’s hostelries following his seven-winner haul over the three day-meeting. So what is the old rogue suggesting for punters today?

I’ve had a week to look at today’s racing in the greatest depth, plus some helpful suggestions from two of my informants from top Yorkshire yards, writes Turpin.

So, I’m even more confident than usual that I can keep ahead of the bookies today. Not only that, but manageable fields in most races should give punters a fair chance, except the difficult-to-pick-a-winner, 19-runner sprint handicap at 3.45… and the going looks set to remain good to firm, so there should be true-run contests with no freakish surprises.

The Bronte Cup (3.05) is the highlight, with nine declared for the stamina test over nearly 1m6f. John Gosden’s stable is buzzing at the moment. No one has started the season in better form – and Enbihaar looks set to continue his fine start, having impressed, making all at Goodwood, earlier in the month.

The extra two furlongs should suit this granddaughter of Trempolino, at the main expense of Andrew Balding’s Maid Up. Progressive Alexana represents good each-way value for longshot backers.

For punters with nerves of steel, the Sprint Handicap (3.45), as ever, promises to be the most exciting race of the day. But with 19 runners, it is likely to be a lottery. However, Turpin remains undaunted. My 10-1 selection last year, El Astronaute, was pipped by Mr Laughton by a head.

Now he’s back again, this time with promising 5lb claimer Dylan Hogan up. At least a dozen of the rest could stake a claim, notably, last week’s winner, Copper Knight, and Leodis Dream. Australia-trained Gold Coast winner Acqume represents prolific Down Under maestro Toby Edmonds, and could just be the surprise package of the field. Small stakes only.

You have been warned.

The final race (5.25) brings last year’s winner of this 7f contest, Magic City, back to defend his crown. Mick Easterby’s ten-year-old is bottom of the handicap, off a weight half a stone lighter than his 20-1 win.

There’s an added weight bonus, with a 5lb claimer aboard – and a strong stable pointer in that he was switched from a Pontefract run yesterday (Friday) to tackle this challenge instead. He’s the selection, but perhaps best backed each-way (grab the 8-1 while you can). Chepstow winner Sir Roderic is a clear danger.

And those two local suggestions?

First, we hear good things from the O’Meara yard in Helmsley about progressive Makawee in the mile and a half handicap at 2.35.

Finally, consider War Storm (4.15), whose debut third at Wolverhampton suggested a bright career is in prospect. Though not a local stable, the information comes from my trusted local source.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Salateen
EW: Cardsharp
Longshot: Zap


Win: Makawee
EW: Perfect Illusion
Longshot: Ad Linitum


Win: Enbihaar (nap)
EW: Maid Up
Longshot: Alexana


Win: El Astronaute
EW: Copper Knight
Longshot: Acqume


Win: War Storm
EW: International Lion
Longshot: Makyon


Win: Elisheba
EW: Vivid Diamond


Win: Magic City (nb)
EW: Sir Roderic
Longshot: Barton Mills

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Festival, Day 3

The tipsters’ table

York Races, Friday, 17 May, 2019

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.50Lady KermitLady FandithaFleeting PrincessMighty SpiritMighty SpiritIva GoBaileys In BloomLady KermitFleeting Princess
2.25Natalie’s Joy (NB)Twist ‘N’ Shake (nap)Twist 'n' ShakeTwist ‘N’ ShakeTwist ‘n’ Shake (nap)Natalie’s JoyTwist 'N' ShakeTwist 'N' ShakeMagnetic Charm
3.00Stradivarius (nap)StradivariusStradivariusStradivariusStradivariusStradivariusStradivarius (nap)StradivariusStradivarius
3.35UAE PrinceSociety RedUae PrinceGrandeeBig KittenUAE PrinceBig KittenMistirocUae Prince
4.05AccommodateElectric LandladyElectric LandladyBreathtaking LookAgincourtElectric Landlady (nb)AgincourtAccommodateAccommodate
4.35TenaxGood Luck FoxFree LoveTenax (nb)Moss GillTenax (nap)UstathRoulston ScarFree Love
5.05Fraser IslandFraser IslandSkymaxSkymax (nap)Summer MoonSkymaxLaafyLaafyLaafy

Three winners yesterday kept YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin ahead of the bookies once more.

Copper Knight obliged at 8/1 in the opening race, and Carnwennan scorched home at a healthy 7/1 in the last. Meanwhile, Lah Ti Dar triumphed by a neck at very short odds in the Middleton Stakes.

But the surprise of the day was Oisin Murphy’s triumph on Telecaster in the Dante Stakes, winning by a length, going away from evens favourite Too Darn Hot.

That’s one for the notebook; it will be no surprise now to see the Hughie Morrison trained Telecaster winning at Royal Ascot next month.

So what does our friendly local highwayman recommend for the final day of the Dante meeting?

It’s rare that a York meeting doesn’t feature at least one Mark Johnston horse in the winner’s enclosure, writes Turpin.

Of his seven runners so far this week, Monoski, second at 7/1 has come closest. So will it be today that the natural order is re-established?

He saddles Companion in the 5f opener Langleys Solicitors Fillies Stakes (1.50). The daughter of Dark Angel’s debut win at Yarmouth last month didn’t give enough clues as to how much more may be to come. She will have her work cut out to get the better of ‘two runs, two wins’ Lady Kermit, who has proved that there is more in store.

Johnston’s best chance perhaps lies with Natalie’s Joy in the Oaks Farm Stables Stakes (2.25). Good wins at Goodwood and Newbury were followed by training setbacks last summer. If she is back to her best, she can account for Magnetic Charm and Twist And Shake, her likeliest rivals in the contest over almost a mile.

Mildenberger, the Johnston entry in the Yorkshire Cup (3.00) has only an outside chance against last year’s victor, Stradivarius. John Gosden’s powerful son of Sea The Stars, with Frankie Dettori aboard, appears to be without a realistic rival in this stamina test over nearly 1m6f.

Johnston horses are like London buses… you wait a while, in this case three more races, then three come along at once. In the 5.05 handicap over 1m3f, he saddles Fraser Island, Summer Moon and Rochester House.

The first two have solid claims after good performances, respectively, at Beverley and Windsor. So it will be no surprise to see the Middleham maestro having the last laugh on a splendid three days on Knavesmire.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Lady Kermit
EW: Companion
Longshot: Lady Fanditha


Win: Natalie’s Joy (NB)
EW: Magnetic Charm
Longshot: Clerisy


Win: Stradivarius (nap)
EW: Ispolini
Longshot: Mildenberger


Win: UAE Prince
EW: Grandee
Longshot: Mistiroc


Win: Accommodate
EW: Dream World
Longshot: Starlight Romance


Win: Tenax
EW: Three Card Trick
Longshot: True Hero


Win: Fraser Island
EW: Summer Moon
Longshot: Tucson

From May 16, 2019 @ 11.17 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Festival, Day 2

The tipsters’ table

York Races, Thursday, 16 May, 2019

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.50Copper KnightEeh Bah GumCopper KnightHarome (nap)SaaheqEeh Bah Gum (nap)Copper KnightDark ShotCopper Knight
2.25Lah Ti DarLah Ti DarLah Ti DarLah Ti DarLah Ti DarLah Ti DarLah Ti DarLah Ti DarLah Ti Dar
3.00Too Darn Hot (Nap)Japan (nap)Too Darn HotToo Darn HotLine Of DutyTelecasterLine Of Duty (nap)Too Darn HotToo Darn Hot
3.35Hortzadar (NB)Bless HimBeringer (nb)Ulshaw BridgeHayadhLove DreamsBeringerBeringerBeringer
4.05Soldier’s CallShades Of BlueSoldier’s CallWell Done FoxGarrusWell Done FoxNo NonsenseSoldier's CallSoldierʼs Call
4.35When Comes HereWhen Comes HereHong KongHong KongStory of LightHong KongHong KongHong KongStory Of Light
5.05CarnwennanOctober StormWaiting For Richie (nap)Running Cloud (nb)Waiting For Richie (nap)Pipes Of Peace (nb)Running CloudCarnwennanThe Cashel Man

Two nice winners from our tipster Turpin on Wednesday (15 May), Invincible Army and Starcaster, both returned at 7/2.

So Turpin emerged from Knavesmire at level-pegging with the bookies. He’s even more confident today, as the feature Dante Stakes (3.00) looms into view.

Poor Frankellina dwelt in the stalls for yesterday’s Musidora Stakes, and would surely have won if she hadn’t conceded those six lengths at the start, writes Turpin.

That’s racing for you. Once the Frankel filly gets the hang of the stalls, she will be unstoppable.

Today’s ‘unstoppable’ selection has to be the four-time winner, Too Darn Hot. He can’t be ignored in the Dante Stakes (3.00). There is only one question-mark hanging over this brilliant Dubawi colt.

A blistering performance in the Dewhurst Stakes was followed by stable reports of a ‘setback’ causing him to miss the 2,000 Guineas.

As long as he is back to his best, there is nothing to touch him, especially with the masterful Frankie Dettori aboard. Only the improving Japan (Ryan Moore up) presents any threat to the nap selection.

It’s no tip at all to mention Lah Ti Dar in the six-runner Middleton Stakes (2.25). The Listed Race winner here last year, who also ran with credit in the St Leger, must surely be a banker for all multiple bets.

The word from David O’Meara’s yard is that Hortzadar (NB) is thriving since moving from France. A classy win at Pontefract suggests Daniel Tudhope’s mount will have enough in the tank to edge it over the progressive Beringer (Andrea Atzeni up) .

I’ve also heard a strong word for Carnwennan in the Hambleton Handicap (3.35). But with 16 evenly matched runners, small stakes are advised.

Take care in the opener (1.50). A thrilling race in prospect, but this handicap has proved a minefield for punters in recent years. Copper Knight is a very tentative selection.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Copper Knight
EW: Cowboy Soldier
Longshot: Abel Handy


Win: Lah Ti Dar
EW: Nyaleti


Win: Too Darn Hot (Nap)
EW: Japan
Longshot: Line Of Duty


Win: Hortzadar (NB)
EW: Beringer
Longshot: Commander Han


Win: Soldier’s Call
EW: Shades Of Blue
Longshot: Well Done Fox


Win: When Comes Here
EW: Repartee
Longshot: My Kinda Day


Win: Carnwennan
EW: Handiwork
Longshot: Champarisi

From May 15, 2019 @ 7.32 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Festival, Day 1

The races are back, and so is our tipster Turpin!

Season opening York Racecourse meeting the Dante Festival will be staged on Knavesmire between Wednesday 15 and Friday 17 May.

But who’s going to win? Over to our man in the know, Dick Turpin…

Knavesmire’s season kicks off with a highly competitive seven-race card and an impressive 111 entries to choose from, writes Turpin.

That number says everything about how hard it will be to pick even one winner today. Your handy highwayman is hoping for a star-of-the-future performance from Frankel’s daughter, Frankellina in the featured Musidora Stakes (3.35).

Although she won on debut at Yarmouth, she ran very green. William Haggas has had six months to work on her track-craft, and she is the Nap selection, sure to give novice winner Sparkle Roll a good battle over the 1m2f.

Staxton makes a welcome return in the 2.25 handicap over 6f. A good third behind Reputation at Ripon, he is now on 9lb better terms with that rival today.

The Easterby-trained four-year-old should have enough in the tank today to give likely favourites Aljady and Vibrant Chords a real run for the money. Great Prospector and Sandra’s Secret have some appeal at long odds.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Crystal King
EW: First Eleven
Longshot: Proschema


Win: Staxton (NB)
EW: Vibrant Chords
Longshot: Great Prospector


Win: Invincible Army
EW: Brando
Longshot: Major Jumbo


Win: Frankellina (nap)
EW: Entitle
Longshot: Fresnel


Win: Karnavaal
EW: Space Blues
Longshot: Conaglen


Win: Monoski
EW: Kidda
Longshot: Harswell


Win: Starcaster
EW: Delph Crescent
Longshot: Glan Y Gors

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the October Finale 2018 – Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, October 12, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianAt The RacesGG.co.uk
2.05Mountain AngelAasheqPacifyM C Muldoon (nap)ExhortHighbrowFinniston FarmAquarium
2.40Constant (nap)Dave DexterConstantVintage BrutConstantDave DexterConstantSpace Traveller
3.15Al Qahwa (nb)SavalasGeorge BowenTeruntum StarFlying PursuitFlying PursuitTommy TaylorFlying Pursuit
3.50Lola’s ThemeLola’s ThemeArchies LadLola’s ThemeArchies LadEven KeelArchies LadEven Keel
4.25Jonah JonesDefence TreatyJonah JonesJonah JonesJonah Jones (nap)Jonah JonesJonah JonesJonah Jones
5.00ArrowtownArrowtownArrowtownNorthwest FrontierMaster ArcherArrowtownMaster ArcherMaster Archer
5.35EpaulmentGrand InquisitorMaster CarpenterMaster CarpenterAwake My SoulMaster CarpenterEpaulementDaawy

It’s the last day of the last race meeting of the season.

Which also means it’s your last chance to win… so who should you back? Over to our tipster, Mr Dick Turpin…

What a season! In 2018, York has continued to maintain its dominance at the top of racing’s hierarchy, writes tipster Turpin.

Record crowds, record prize money, and a record number of Group One and Pattern races.

One of Turpin’s highlights was watching Sea Of Class demolish a highly-rated field to conquer the Yorkshire Oaks with a display that suggested the filly could grab the Arc in October.

She came heartbreakingly close to that victory last week. Easily the best horse in the field, she was beaten by a near-impossible draw in the Longchamp event. We can only hope we’ll see her in action again at Knavesmire next season.

Stradivarius’s brace of wins in the Yorkshire Cup and Lonsdale Cup were early-season highlights too. And who can forget Roaring Lion’s impressive performance in taking the £600,000 first prize in the Juddmonte International. What a summer it has been.

Today’s season-closing meeting features a wide-open Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap (3.15), and an equally intriguing and highly competitive Rockingham Stakes (2.40).

The selection in the sprint (3.15) is Al Qahwa, whose showing in the Ayr Silver Cup is justification for David O’Meara’s five year-old to be the likely favourite.

A course-and-distance winner last season, Tommy Taylor represents very good each-way value. Strong claims can be made, too, for Perfect Pasture, Flying Pursuit, and last year’s winner, Teruntum Star.

But if you’re looking for longshot value e.w., it might be worth a small investment on Kimberella, who will have come on for his plucky seventh in the Ayr Gold Cup last month.

In the Rockingham (2.40), everything looks right for Leyburn magician Karl Burke’s Constant. This progressive youngster has everything going for him, after an impressive showing at Hamilton last time out, beaten only by East, a subsequent Group Three winner. The testing ground will suit too.

Until next season, folks!

Turpin’s tips


Win: Mountain Angel
Place: Finniston Farm
Longshot: Aasheq


Win: Constant (nap)
Place: Dave Dexter
Longshot: Fuente


Win: Al Qahwa (nb)
Place: Tommy Taylor
Longshot: Kimberella


Win: Lola’s Theme
Place: Archie’s Lad
Longshot: Self Assessment


Win: Jonah Jones
Place: Fares Kodiac
Longshot: Qutob


Win: Arrowtown
Place: Master Archer
Longshot: Baydar


Win: Epaulment
Place: Master Carpenter
Longshot: Frontispiece

From October 12, 2018 9.54 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the October Finale 2018 – Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, October 12, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
2.05Enchanted LindaThree Card TrickConciergeGolden CircleThree Card TrickFastmanFastmanBlyton
2.40AlemaratalyoumAlemaratalyoum (nap)AlemaratalyoumAlemaratalyoumChatezChatezChatezUae Prince
3.15Exalted AngelAngel AlexanderAngel AlexanderExalted AngelAngel AlexanderExalted AngelAngel AlexanderSpell
3.50Surya (nap)Proschema (nb)SuryaCanford HeightsSurya Canford HeightsSuryaProschema
4.25Iconic KnightEast Street RevueEast Street Revue (nb)East Street RevueEast Street RevueHolmeswoodEast Street RevueCamacho Chief
5.00Sam Cooke (nb)LariatThe Great StoryMardleMardleLimelighterMardleLimelighter
5.35Royal ResidenceSoldier’s MinuteSoldier’s MinuteTresorierTresorierTawny PortFendaleDalton

It’s your last chance to visit York Races this year.

The 14 races during the October Finale on Friday and Saturday carry record prize money of almost £500,000. But can we help you win a bob or two?

Over to legendary YorkMix tipster, Dick Turpin…

The penultimate day of the York season offers a superb battle in the feature race, the Racebets Handicap (3.50), writes tipster Turpin.

John Gosden, fresh from an amazing success with Enable in the Arc, brings the classy Frankel colt, Surya to take on the challenge from Arc runner-up trainer, William Haggas, who pitches the promising Canford Heights into the fray.

Top-rated Proschema comes into the reckoning too after good showings in the Melrose and the St Leger, but that top-weight penalty might just be a shade too much to carry to victory.

Surya looks the part, though, with three consecutive victories since June – and the promise of even more improvement to come. He’s your highwayman tipster’s pick of the day.

The booking of wonder jockey Silvestre De Souza for a modest novice auction stakes (5.00) must be noted. He’s aboard the Mukhadran gelding, Mardle, who looked like he needed course experience on his Newbury debut fourth last month.

He will come on for that experience, but it’s still a tough ask for him to overcome Sam Cooke, whose Lingfield second saw the colt ten lengths clear of the rest of a field containing some potentially useful types. He should have just enough in what promises to be an open race.

Meanwhile, those of a spiritual nature will surely notice the three angels taking part in the Novice Stakes at 3.15. They fill my Win, Place and Longshot selection slots – and a modest combination Tricast might just yield a heavenly outcome.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Enchanted Linda
Place: Blyton
Longshot: Fastman


Win: Alemaratalyoum
Place: Uae Prince
Longshot: Great Order


Win: Exalted Angel
Place: Angel Alexander
Longshot: Newgate Angel


Win: Surya (Nap)
Place: Canford Heights
Longshot: Proschema


Win: Iconic Knight
Place: East Street Revue
Longshot: Henley


Win: Sam Cooke (n.b.)
Place: Mardle
Longshot: The Great Story


Win: Royal Residence
Place: Equitation
Longshot: Tawny Port

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the York Family Raceday 2018

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Sunday, September 9, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.50Storm AheadLadies FirstLadies FirstStorm AheadLady In QuestionLogi
2.20Give It Some TeddyAddis AbabaRise HallRise HallGive It Some TeddyRise Hall
2.55Limato (nb)LimatoTropicsLimato (nap)LimatoLimato
3.25Ventura Ocean (nap)EstihdaafWoven (nb)EstihdaafVentura OceanVentura Ocean
4.00The Knot Is TiedRoystonia (nb)Winter Lion (nap)ElyseesThe Knot Is TiedArrowtown
4.30Metallic BlackThree Card TrickMutawafferMutawafferFastmanMutawaffer
5.00ArcavalloShaheen (treble)WahooRoundhay ParkRoundhay ParkRoundhay Park

There’s fun for all ages at today’s Family Raceday at Knavesmire.

But can YorkMix’s tipster Dick Turpin follow his four-winner tipping success on the final day of the Ebor meeting with more success?

Read on for his selections…

Punters are well advised to take a watching brief – or very small stakes only – for the first two large-field races, writes tipster Turpin.

Eight or ten entries have serious chances in both events and it will pay to wait until the feature race, Garrowby Stakes (2.55), before taking a plunge.

Limato’s recent victory in listed company at Newmarket appears to be the outstanding form and Henry Candy’s gelding is likely to have the beating of his five opponents, but at somewhat tight odds. Kimberella (Paul Hanagan up), could be the main rival if the Richard Fahey-trained eight-year-old can recapture early-season form.

Hanagan has several live chances throughout the afternoon, notably Ventura Ocean in the EBF Stallions Novice Stakes (3.25). A good showing in last month’s Acomb Stakes suggests he has enough in the tank, even with a 6lb weight rise, to defeat Sapa Inca, Woven and Joe Le Beau.

Another Hanagan ride appeals in the five-furlong sprint at 4.30; Metallic Black won a 6f Pontefract event on debut. Though the colt failed to follow up at Haydock last month, conditions today, and the likelihood of a truer pace throughout, give Richard Fahey’s youngster a top chance.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Storm Ahead
Place: Round The Island
Longshot: Ladies First


Win: Give It Some Teddy
Place: Addis Ababa
Longshot: International Man


Win: Limato (nb)
Place: Kimberella


Win: Ventura Ocean (nap)
Place: Woven
Longshot: Joe The Beau


Win: The Knot Is Tied
Place: Angel Gabrial
Longshot: Rubenesque


Win: Metallic Black
Place: Little Legs
Longshot: Fastman


Win: Arcavallo
Place: Roundhay Park
Longshot: Daffy Jane

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2018, Day 4

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, August 25, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.50Lord GlittersMustashry (treble)MustashryThreadingSeniorityLord GlittersLord GlittersLord GlittersLord Glitters
2.25Making MiraclesSupernovaMaking MiraclesCoolongolookShuhoodSupernova (nap)Heart Of GraceHeart Of GraceMaking Miracles
3.00Expert Eye (nb)Expert Eye (nap)SuedoisExpert EyeExpert EyeExpert EyeExpert EyeExpert EyeExpert Eye
3.40Stratum (nap)Dylan MouthCrowned Eagle (nap)Crowned EagleTeodoroBlakeney Point (nb)Blakeney Point (nap)NakeetaBlakeney Point
4.15Well Done FoxSabreSabreChapelliVintage BrutChapelliSabreSabreSabre
4.50PivoineExhortPivoineThomas Cranmer (nap)Society RedThomas CranmerKings GiftAlfarrisCommunique
5.20Marnie JamesRoundhay ParkSavalas (nb)Eeh Bah GumSavalasRoundhay ParkBengali BoysRoundhay ParkMarnie James

It’s Sky Bet Ebor Saturday, where the feature contest for four year olds and upwards becomes the joint richest flat handicap in Europe with prize money of £500,000.

But will you make any money? Here’s where your cash should go according to YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin…

Today’s feature race, the Sky Bet Ebor (3.40) attracts the cream of Britain’s middle-distance handicappers in an intriguing contest, Turpin writes.

There are positives and negatives hanging over all the leading candidates: Weekender (Dettori aboard, but can the Frankel colt defy top weight, a tall order); Blakeney Point (last season’s promise hasn’t yet materialised, and the gelding is now back up in trip, but could the addition of blinkers be the answer; Crowned Eagle (a switch in stables has worked wonders, but has he hit his peak, might not be quite good enough); Sea The Lion (hard to believe, but this seven-year-old continues to improve, but has the handicapper hit him too hard with an 11lb rise for his latest Curragh victory).

And so it goes on for the likes of Whiskey Sour, Nakeeta and Teodoro. And the selection is… Stratum. Willie Mullins’ five-year-old appears to have all the stamina credentials.

Proven at the distance (won a big Newbury handicap over 16.5f) when application of the hood seemed to do the trick. An 8lb rise for that victory still leaves the gelding at the bottom of this handicap, a full 10lb below the top rated entrants.

Turpin would normally say this race is best watched and enjoyed from the stands rather than in the betting ring. But this is the Ebor – and different rules apply. It’s time to plunge. Stratum for me!

Turpin’s tips


Win: Lord Glitters
Place: Zaaki
Longshot: Threading


Win: Making Miracles
Place: Supernova
Longshot: Berkshire Blue


Win: Expert Eye (nb)
Place: Suedois
Longshot: Arbalet


Win: Stratum (nap)
Place: Crowned Eagle
Longshot: Dylan Mouth


Win: Well Done Fox
Place: Chapelli
Longshot: I Believe In You


Win: Pivoine
Place: Communique
Longshot: Society Red


Win: Marnie James
Place: Roundhay Park
Longshot: Fool For You

Poetʼs Society ridden by Frankie Dettori (centre right) before winning the Clipper Logistics Handicap to give trainer Mark Johnston the title of winning-most trainer in British history. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

From August 24, 2018 9.16 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2018, Day 3

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, August 24, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.55Melting DewMaori BobMister BelvederePacify (nap)First NationFirst NationErik The Red (nap)Kelly's DinoErik The RedMelting Dew
3.00Space Traveller (nap)Legends Of WarLegends Of War (nb)The Irish RoverSpace Traveller (nap)Legends of WarChuck WillisThe Irish RoverSpace TravellerShine So Bright
3.35BattaashBattaashBattaashBattaashMabs Cross (nb)BattaashBattaashBattaash (nap)BattaashBattaash
4.15Sky Defender (nb)Beat Le BonBeat Le BonSky DefenderSky DefenderBarysBeat Le BonSky DefenderBeat Le BonSky Defender
4.50Crack On Crack OnBorodin (nap)Ulshaw BridgeSilver QuartzCrack On Crack OnCrack On Crack OnUlshaw Bridge (nb)KassarBorodinCrack On Crack On

It was a game of two halves for punters at Knavesmire on Day Two of the Ebor meeting.

Three hot favourites obliged and three outsiders triumphed (at 14/1, 20/1 and 33/1).

But the one result that overshadowed all others was Frankie Dettori’s enterprising front-running ride on Poet’s Society (20/1) in the Clipper Logistics, bringing Middleham trainer Mark Johnston his 4,194th winner – the record for any British trainer.

Card image cap

York puts on the style for a record-breaking Ladies Day

Since his first York victory in 1991, Knavesmire has been a happy hunting ground for the affable Scot.

Today he saddles just two unfancied horses (Caplin in the 4.15 maiden race, and Aquarium in the last race Handicap), and one with a real chance, Sky Defender, also in the 4.15. So we might not have to wait too long to see him add to his record-breaking tally.

Meanwhile, YorkMix’s resident tipster Dick Turpin has been studying the form to bring you these suggestions.

Stradivarius (in the 2.25 Lonsdale Cup Stakes) and Battaash (in the mad five-furlong dash that is the Nunthorpe Stakes at 3.35) both look nailed on to triumph at short odds, writes tipster Turpin.

As ever, I am looking for the value bets of the day, and these appear to come with Space Traveller in the Gimcrack (3.00), and Mark Johnston’s Sky Defender in the Convivial Maiden Stakes (4.15).

Space Traveller, with Daniel Tudhope aboard, is the pick, following two impressive runs, winning at Doncaster and Hamilton (over five furlongs and an extended six-furlongs). This smart two-year-old with breeding links to Derby-winner Galileo is likely to develop into a strong middle-distance performer. Today should be one more stepping stone on that journey.

Sky Defender (4.15) will have come on hugely for his debut second place at Goodwood, and has the beating of likely rivals Beat Le Bon and Commanding Officer.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Melting Dew
Place: First Nation
Longshot: Mukhayyam


Win: Stradivarius
Place: Red Verdon
Longshot: Desert Skyline


Win: Space Traveller (nap)
Place: Legends Of War
Longshot: Chuck Willis


Win: Battaash
Place: Blue Point
Longshot: Caspian Prince


Win: Sky Defender (nb)
Place: Beat Le Bon
Longshot: Barys


Win: Crack On Crack On
Place: Nicklaus
Longshot: Borodin

From August 22, 2018 9.06 pm

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2018, Day 2

It’s day two of the epic Ebor Festival.

Our tipster Dick Turpin couldn’t find a winner yesterday, but he still managed to walk away from Knavesmire slightly ahead of the bookies, with his main selections gaining a place in five out of six of the day’s races.

Today the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks is the highlight. So what does the dandy highwayman reckon?

Little wonder that veteran commentator Brough Scott described yesterday’s Juddmonte as ‘the race of the season’, bringing victory to John Gosden’s Roaring Lion (with a beautiful ride from Oisin Murphy) at the main expense of my selection, the favourite Poet’s Word, writes tipster Turpin.

Christophe Soumillon’s tactic of edging Thunder Snow over to the stands rail, bringing the entire field across the track with him was a master-stroke, but it boxed in Poet’s Word and cost jockey James Doyle dear.

Nevertheless, there was no escaping the fact that the Knavesmire crowd saw two of the top three horses in the world battling it out in an event that will remain in the memory for years to come.

Today, I fully expect James Doyle to gain compensation for yesterday’s disappointment. He has excellent opportunities on all three of his rides, all for William Haggas.

In the big race, the Yorkshire Oaks (3.35), he partners Sea Of Class, who gets a 9lb pull over her main rival Coronet, last year’s runner-up. Listed race winner, Sea Of Class is looking for a four-timer, having impressed hugely in taking the Irish Oaks. Still on the upgrade, she is a confident nap selection.

Doyle has an excellent each-way opportunity on What A Home in the next, the Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes (4.15). The Dubawi filly Lah Ti Dah is the obvious choice and is hard to oppose, but, just as the big race yesterday provided an upset in running, What A Home should be in the shake-up, especially if there is anything other than a true galloping pace throughout the 1m3f.

Move Swiftly gives Doyle his third chance of a winner in the final race, the Fillies Handicap (4.50). Last year’s winner, Lincoln Rocks isn’t without a chance, now dropped in the weights. But it is the highly progressive three-year-old Move Swiftly who stands out.

Her Goodwood win three weeks ago saw her come from last to first, being blocked and later squeezed for room, going on to quicken up and win by an impressive margin. There is so much more to come from this one.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Flawless Jewel
Place: Angel’s Hideaway
Longshot: The Mackem Bullet


Win: He’Zanarab
Place: Masaru
Longshot: Fanaar


Win: Firmament
Place: Seniority
Longshot: Kynren


Win: Sea Of Class (nap)
Place: Coronet
Longshot: Magic Wand


Win: Lah Ti Dah
Place: What A Home
Longshot: Alwaysandforever


Win: Move Swiftly (nb)
Place: Starlight Romance
Longshot: Lincoln Rocks

From August 22, 2018 12.02 pm

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2018, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.55CulturatiEl Astronaute (nb)Tommy TaylorFinal VentureTis MarvellousCarlton FrankieHolmeswoodCulturatiTanasoqTis Marvellous
2.25WatanWatanPhoenix of SpainPersian MoonPersian MoonSwissteriousWatanWatanWatanBroome
3.00Kew Gardens (nb)Cross CounterCross Counter (nap)Cross CounterCross CounterCross Counter (nap)Cross CounterKew Gardens (nao)Wells Farhh GoCross Counter
3.35Poet’s Word (nap)Poet’s Word (nap)Roaring LionPoet’s WordPoet’s Word (nb)Poet's WordPoet’s Word (nap)Poet's WordRoaring LionPoetʼs Word
4.15GeneticsHere And NowDavy's DilemmaStormin TomHochfeld (nap)Northwest FrontierDavy’s Dilemma (nb)Speedo BoyNorthwest FrontierSpeedo Boy
4.50RathboneEljayeffDon ArmadoEvie Speed (nap)Dark ShadowDon ArmadoDon ArmadoHesslewoodBlytonDon Armado

Some amazing sport lies ahead over the next four days of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.

With record prize money approaching £5 million, there’s a lot at stake. But if you’re to come away from the meeting with some cash of your own, who should you back?

Over to YorkMix‘s very own tipster, Dick Turpin…

No tipster will ever refer to a selection as a ‘certainty’, writes Turpin. So much can happen during a race, and no one relishes the idea of fleeing Knavesmire pursued by pitchfork-wielding disgruntled punters.

So, is today going to be the exception? Everything in the feature race, the 1m2f Juddmonte International Stakes (3.35) points towards just one result: victory for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained wonder horse, Poet’s Word.

Everything is going for it: the right trip, arriving here at the peak of fitness, and a top jockey, the ever-reliable James Doyle.

In the view of your trusty tipster, the five-year-old winner of Royal Ascot’s Prince Of Wales Stakes (not to mention the stunning result in the King George), Poet’s word is a cer…, ahem, is certain to be the one to beat this afternoon.

Is the younger cohort of three-year-olds, led by Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior, good enough to challenge the sheer class of the Irish-bred descendent of Nashwan? Time will tell. But Turpin’s shirt will be on Poet’s Word. Celebrations (or commiserations) will be held in The Swan, Bishy Road.

Kew Gardens looks the one to be on in the testing 1m3f Great Voltigeur Stakes (3.00). Since a disappointing ninth in the Derby, Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt has done everything asked of him with a classy Group One win in France, and success in the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot.

One slight concern is the 5lb penalty which is enough to sow a slight seed of doubt. But he performs best with Ryan Moore on board, and looks a good thing today (and also for the St Leger at the end of the season).

Main rivals, Cross Counter and Wells Farhh Go, are respected, but may have reached their seasonal peak, while the selection has further improvement to come.

The Galileo connection, represented by Eye Of The Storm, could again prove to be a value each way pointer in the Sky Bet Handicap (4.15). Likely winner should come from Genetics, Hochfield or Soldier In Action.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Culturati
Place: El Astronaute
Longshot: Tommy Taylor


Win: Watan
Place: Persian Moon
Longshot: Swissterious


Win: Kew Gardens (nb)
Place: Cross Counter
Longshot: Wells Farhh Go


Win: Poet’s Word (nap)
Place: Roaring Lion
Longshot: Benbatl


Win: Genetics
Place: Eye Of The Storm
Longshot: Soldier In Action


Win: Rathbone
Place: Moyassar
Longshot: Dark Shadow

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase Weekend 2018, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, July 28, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
2.05CulturatiGet KnottedCulturatiCulturatiGet KnottedStarlight RomanceStarlight RomanceGet KnottedGet KnottedCulturati
2.40GrowlIntisaabTommy TaylorFoolaad (nap)Golden ApolloIntisaabHaromeGolden ApolloEnjazaatIntisaab
3.15Smart Call (nb)ElarqamElarqamElarqamElarqamForest RangerSmart CallSmart CallForest RangerElarqam
3.50Baronial PrideHeʼzanarabBaronial PrideBaronial PrideBaronial PrideBaronial PrideBaronial PrideBaronial PrideBaronial PrideHeʼzanarab
4.25SlunovratSuegiooGraceful LadyGraceful Lady (nb)Davy’s DilemmaSlunovratStormin TomSlunovratSlunovratSuegioo
5.00Morticia (nap)AppointedMorticiaAppointedNaqaawaNaqaawaMorticiaFeline GroovyMorticiaAppointed
5.35DeputiseDeputiseDeputiseQue AmoroDeputiseQue AmoroQue AmoroQue AmoroDeputiseDeputise

Well, you can’t say the first day of the Music Showcase weekend wasn’t eventful.

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Fans left fuming after storms scupper Sir Tom Jones gig at the last minute

Stormy showers, six races – and the last minute cancellation of the Sir Tom Jones gig made it a mixed day to say the least.

But things are looking sunnier today, with York Racecourse stating: “Both racing and the concert by Boyzone are set to go ahead as scheduled on Saturday 28 July.

“The updated weather forecasts have removed the threat of thunderstorms and the morning does feel fresher.”

So who should you back? Over to resident YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin…

Anyone who witnessed Morticia thrashing the field at Hamilton a fortnight ago can’t have failed to be impressed by Lanarkshire trainer Keith Dalgleish’s impressive filly, writes tipster Turpin.

There’s a six pound rise in the weights for that victory, but the nature of that win suggests the daughter of Dandy Man and Diksie Dancer will take that penalty well in her stride in the ten-furlong Fillies’ Handicap (5.00). She gets the nap vote in a contest that should see Tim Easterby’s Appointed taking minor honours.

As ever, The Sky Bet Dash (2.40) promises one of the great spectacles of racing, with 19 runners battling it out over the straight six furlongs. Recent York five-furlong winner, Harome, has leading claims.

But preference is for Richard Fahey’s Growl, on an easier mark than recently and, if at the top of his game, has the beating of these. Golden Apollo, Eastern Impact and Enjazaat offer value-seeking punters decent each way opportunities.

In the York Stakes (3.15), Likely favourite Elarqam has understandable leading claims, based on his two-year-old’s form. But disappointments in both the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas leave a big question-mark hanging in the air.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Smart Call could be the answer in a tricky contest. Last month’s Newastle win suggests that the seven-year-old mare is on the upgrade again, and this race comes when she is at her absolute peak.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Culturati
Place: Get Knotted
Longshot: Arcanada


Win: Growl
Place: Harome
Longshot: Golden Apollo


Win: Smart Call (nb)
Place: Forest Ranger
Longshot: Thundering Blue


Win: Baronial Pride
Place: He’zanarab


Win: Slunovrat
Place: Stormin Tom
Longshot: Graceful Lady


Win: Morticia (nap)
Place: Appointed
Longshot: Ladies First


Win: Deputise
Place: Society Queen

From July 27, 2018 2.24 pm

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase Weekend, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, July 27, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
6.00Where’s JeffWhere’s JeffData ProtectionData ProtectionData Protection (nb)Data ProtectionHumbolt CurrentHumbolt CurrentHumbolt Current
6.30DirchillSuitcase ‘n‘ TaxiTylery WonderDirchillDirchillPennsylvania DutchNinjagoDirchillTylery Wonder
7.00Persian Moon (nb)Persian MoonPersian MoonPersian MoonPersian MoonPersian MoonAbsolute DreamPersian MoonPersian Moon
7.30Desert Diamond (nap)Desert DiamondDesert DiamondDesert DiamondRasimaDesert DiamondRasimaDesert DiamondRasima
8.00La RavLa RavKaesoFashion TheoryKings GiftRacemakerKings GiftThird Time LuckyLa Rav
8.30Eeh Bah GumEeh Bah GumCameo StarMachreeLaith AlareenAirglowHarrogateLaith AlareenEeh Bah Gum

What with huge storms, and a star struck down by illness, it’s not been the smoothest build-up to a race meeting.

But York Racecourse has come through the intense weather unscathed, and Sir Tom Jones has fully recovered, so we’re all set for an exciting two-day Music Showcase.

Sir Tom performs after the races on Friday evening, with Boyzone headlining on Saturday.

But what about the sport? We’re glad you asked. Here’s YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin with his picks for today…

Anyone who witnessed Morticia thrashing the field at Hamilton a fortnight ago can’t have failed to be impressed by Lanarkshire trainer Keith Dalgleish’s impressive filly. There’s a six pound rise in the weights for that victory, but the nature of that win suggests the daughter of Dandy Man and Diksie Dancer will take that penalty well in her stride in the ten-furlong Fillies’ Handicap (5.00). She gets the nap vote in a contest that should see Tim Easterby’s Appointed taking minor honours.
As ever, The Sky Bet Dash (2.40) promises one of the great spectacles of racing, with 19 runners battling it out over the straight six furlongs. Recent York five-furlong winner, Harome, has leading claims, but preference is for Richard Fahey’s Growl, on an easier mark than recently and, if at the top of his game, has the beating of these. Golden Apollo, Eastern Impact and Enjazaat offer value-seeking punters decent each way opportunities.
In the York Stakes (3.15), Likely favourite Elarqam has understandable leading claims, based on his two-year-ols form. But disappointments in both the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas leave a big question-mark hanging in the air. Sir Michael Stoute’s Smart Call could be the answer in a tricky contest. Last month’s Newastle win suggests that the seven-year-old mare is on the upgrade again, and this race comes when she is at her absolute peak.

Rasima’s good showing at Newcastle last month suggests the three-year-old will be the likely favourite in the six-runner feature race, the EBF Fillies’ Stakes over an extended 1m 2f (7.30), writes tipster Turpin.

The inclusion of Pleasant Surprise will make things interesting. It’s nine months since Luca Cumani’s top-rated charge ran, and if she is at her best, she has an undoubtedly good chance.

But it is Desert Diamond, Sir Michael Stoute’s only Knavesmire runner of the day, who gets the vote. A progressive type, she impressed in May when winning a competitive handicap here over the same distance, and maintained fitness with runs in the Sandringham and Coral Distaff; though connections tell Turpin that those distances did not suit her so well.

Back at the correct distance today, I expect Oisin Murphy to score at the main expense of Roger Varian’s Rasima.

In the preceding event, a seven-furlong novice contest (7.00), Mark Johnston saddles Persian Moon. Seven of these 11 runners are on a racecourse for the first time, so there is always a risk that a hotpot will emerge.

But the word from Middleham is that her easy Yarmouth win earlier this month is more than enough to suggest she can cope with this, and is open to much more improvement too.

Punters looking for a nice ending to the meeting, just before Tom Jones takes the stage, are advised to consider Eeh Bah Gum in the last race (8.30). Connections at Tim Easterby’s yard report the gelding back in top form, only narrowly missing out on a five-timer at Haydock.

They exude confidence that he’ll be back to winning ways tonight.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Where’s Jeff
Place: Humboldt Current
Longshot: Spanish Mane


Win: Dirchill
Place: Ninjago
Longshot: Pennsylvania Dutch


Win: Persian Moon (nb)
Place: Commanding Officer
Longshot: Allatoona


Win: Desert Diamond (nap)
Place: Rasima


Win: La Rav
Place: Kaeso
Longshot: Kings Gift


Win: Eeh Bah Gum
Place: Daffy Jane
Longshot: Cameo Star

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s Meeting 2018, Day 2

The richest ever running of the famous John Smith’s Cup raceday will see £385,000 on offer.

A massive £200K is the prize to the winner of the feature race itself – being run for the 59th year.

But who does our tipster Dick Turpin believe will take the trophy?

Nineteen runners, ten furlongs and a purse of £124,500 for the winner, writes tipster Turpin. It’s the spectacular John Smith’s Cup (3.40), one of the greatest handicap races on the planet.

The bad news for tipsters is that more than half of today’s 20 combatants have a serious chance of making the frame. Preference is for the hugely impressive Ascot and Epsom winner Dash Of Spice to come good again.

But connections of David Menuisier’s five-year-old grey, Thundering Blue, believe the gelding is in with a great chance following his bold Dante win in May. Across Dubai, Appeared, Kynren and What’s The Story all have each-way claims too.

It’s unusual to see a horse of the potential of He’Zanarab in a lowly auction stakes (4.50). Strong word reaches me from the Richard Hannon yard about the youngster’s prospects.

It’s The Marlborough trainer’s only runner today, and Wiltshire to Knavesmire is a long trip just for a run out. The booking of ever-reliable Dane O’Neill is another strong pointer too. Get on early if you can.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Muthmir
Place: Stone Of Destiny
Longshot: El Astronaute


Win: Dal Harraild
Place: Dylan Mouth


Win: Bless Him
Place: Get Knotted
Longshot: Baraweez


Win: Dash Of Spice (nb)
Place: Thundering Blue
Longshot: Appeared


Win: Humble Hero
Place: Northwest Frontier
Longshot: Master Archer


Win: He’Zanarab (nap)
Place: Dark Vision
Longshot: Absolute Dream


Win: Posh Perfect

From July 13, 2018 8.20 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s Meeting 2018, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, July 13, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
2.05BaldwinBaldwinFlawless JewelFlawless JewelBaldwinChynnaBaldwinDiamond OasisWorld OrderWorld Order
2.40Mister BelvedereMukhayyamPacifyPacifyContangoMister BelvedereMukhayyamMukhayyamMukhayyamPacify
3.15Pretty Baby (nap)Pretty BabyPretty Baby (nap)Could It Be LovePretty BabyCould it Be Love (nb)Could It Be LoveMain DesirePretty BabyCould It Be Love
3.50JahaafelJahaafelEverything For YouDelph CrescentGive It Some TeddyGive It Some TeddyDelph CrescentDelph CrescentJahaafelJahaafel
4.25OonaOberyn MartellKodyannaOberyn MartellOonaOberyn MartellOberyn MartellKodyannaOonaOberyn Martell
5.00FendaleTylery WonderTylery WonderHaromeWirral GirlFendaleHaromeHenleyOrvarOrvar
5.30Byron's Choice (nb)International ManByron's ChoiceByron’s ChoicePrestbury ParkInternational ManRed CymbalByron's ChoiceByron's ChoiceByronʼs Choice

It’s one of the big meetings of the season – and the weather is set to be as hot as the sporting action.

With temperatures forecast to reach 28°C on both days of the John Smith’s Meeting, York Racecourse has relaxed its dress code in the County Stand.

“Gentlemen can leave their jackets at home, though a collared shirt and tie is still required,” officials say.

So which horses should get punters hot under the collar? Over to YorkMix racing pundit Dick Turpin…

Today’s feature race, the William Hill Summer Stakes for fillies (3.15) poses a fascinating conundrum for punters, writes tipster Turpin.

Does the tremendous form of Aidan O’Brien’s Could It Be Love’s second in the one mile Irish 1,000 Guineas trump the promising displays of the always improving Pretty Baby from William Haggas’ yard?

Could It Be Love was only just caught close home in her subsequent race over seven furlongs. Now this drop to six furlongs gives her an exceptional chance. But, having seen Pretty Baby trot up nicely at Nottingham in May, narrow preference is for the Haggas filly.

Every race is a step up, and so far, she has answered every question asked of her. Could It Be Love might be much more highly rated at 112, than her rival on 102; but that mark looks to be her peak, but Pretty Baby may have much more to come.

You’ll have to wait until the last race, the seven-furlong Apprentice Handicap (5.30), to get on Turpin’s ‘next best’ selection.

Byron’s Choice comes here following impressive wins at Catterick and Ayr for Michael Dods. Promising youngster Callum Rodriguez’s can no longer claim a weight advantage, but his growing skill should compensate for that.

It’s his only ride of the day and could complete a double for the Darlington-based trainer if Mister Belvedere obliges in the second race (2.40) with Paul Mulrennan aboard.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Baldwin
Place: Flawless Jewel


Win: Mister Belvedere
Place: Mukhayyam


Win: Pretty Baby (nap)
Place: Could It Be Love
Longshot: Marie Of Lyon


Win: Jahaafel
Place: Delph Crescent
Longshot: Maifalki


Win: Oona
Place: Oberyn Martell


Win: Fendale
Place: Harome
Longshot: Bashiba


Win: Byron’s Choice (nb)
Place: Inviolable Spirit
Longshot: Bertog

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Summer Music Saturday 2018

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, June 30, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.35DunkerronDunkerronDunkerronRoyal Big NightDunkerronDunkerronCoolagh MagicRoyal Big NightDunkerronCoolagh Magic
2.10Starlight Romance (nap)Belle MeadeStarlight RomanceStarlight RomanceStarlight RomanceStarlight RomanceStarlight RomanceCastle Hill CassieStarlight RomanceStarlight Romance
2.45KaesoSpray The SeaVoyager BlueKaesoVoyager BlueKaesoKaesoVoyager BlueVoyager BlueVoyager Blue
3.55Mojika (nb)Parting CloudsMojikaParting CloudsParting CloudsParting CloudsParting CloudsParting CloudsMojikaMojika
4.30BashibaFumbo JumboBogartHaromeBogartExcessableFumbo JumboPaddy PowerTylery WonderMidnight Malibu
5.00Framley GarthAbel Tasman (nap)AndokFramley GarthAndokAbel TasmanFramley GarthFramley GarthFramley GarthMukhayyam

It’s a glorious summer’s day, Paloma Faith is lined up to sing her heart out, and before that there are seven top races.

What’s not to like?

To make the Music Showcase Saturday even better, follow our tipster Dick Turpin’s picks and make a few quid for the after concert celebrations…

Richard Fahey saddles horses in six of today’s seven contests, writes tipster Turpin.

Hardly surprising as Knavesmire has proved a happy hunting ground for the Malton maestro lately. It would be no surprise to see him walk away with a hat-trick of wins today.

Turpin’s pick of the Fahey runners goes in the second race (2.10), a seven-furlong fillies handicap. Just 15 days ago, his four-year-old Starlight Romance took a 16-runner handicap here on good to firm, the same conditions that prevail today.

Penalised with a 5lb rise for that success, canny Richard has replaced Paul Hanagan with talented 5lb claimer Connor Murtagh. That looks enough to bring home the spoils and he will carry the weighty burden of Turpin’s biggest punt of the day.

The big-money race, the extended 1m2f Sunbets.co.uk Handicap (3.20), has attracted just six entries, but a case can be made for all of them. So it’ll be small stakes for Turpin on this, with preference, only just, for Lingfield winner Wissahickon.

That wasn’t a notably strong field but the John Gosden colt hacked up with eight lengths to spare; a good limbering up performance for a handicap debut on his seasonal return. Mark Johnston’s Communique deserves respect too and earns the each-way vote.

Turpin has heard excellent reports about Mojika, likely to be favourite in the seven-furlong fillies novice contest at 3.55. She’s only been on a racecouse twice, and her runner-up performance at Newbury two weeks ago shows that she really is getting the hang of it.

The galloping flat of York will suit Roger Varian’s three-year-old perfectly and is your highwayman’s other banker of the day.

Fifteen of the nation’s top National Hunt riders line up for the ’Jump Jockeys Nunthorpe Handicap sprint over the minimum distance (4.30). Don’t think for a moment that this is a novelty race; it promises to be one of the most highly contested events of the year.

Bashiba, a recent Nottingham winner, is improving with every run, and should give the Nigel and Andrew Tinkler team a great chance; but they won’t have it their own way. Harome (with Henry Brooke up), Fumbo Jumbo (Sean Bowen) and Midnight Malibu (Joe Colliver) have good claims too.

Value-seekers might also consider last year’s winner, Tylery Wonder, gives jockey Tom Scudamore a great chance on the bottom weight – and at a nice price too.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Dunkerron
Each Way: Royal Big Night


Win: Starlight Romance (nap)
EW: Castle Hill Cassie
Longshot: Lady In Question


Win: Kaeso
EW: Spray The Sea
Longshot: Alfred Hutchinson


Win: Wissahicon
EW: Communique


Win: Mojika (nb)
EW: Parting Clouds


Win: Bashiba
EW: Tylery Wonder
Longshot: Fumbo Jumbo


Win: Framley Garth
EW: Mukhayyam
Longshot: Liquid Gold

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the June meeting 2018, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, June 16, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinWinners EnclosureSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.50PacifyPacifyMukhayyamMukhayyamMukhayyamDesert RulerDesert RulerMukhayyamDesert RulerDesert RulerPacify
2.25Spanish CitySpanish CitySpanish CityGet KnottedGolden Apollo (nap)Spanish CityGet KnottedGolden Apollo (nb)Golden ApolloSpanish CitySquats
3.00WeekenderWeekenderWeekenderMarmeloMarmeloDuke Of BronteMarmeloMarmeloWeekenderMarmeloMarmelo
3.35Citron Major (nap)BeshaayirGabrial The SaintGreen Power (nb)Bambino LolaConsequencesGabrial The SaintSnazzy JazzyFoxtrot Lady (nap)Gabrial The SaintGabrial The Saint
4.05Duck Egg Blue (nb)God WillingDark IntentionTrinity StarDark IntentionThomas CranmerDark IntentionThomas CranmerGod WillingDuck Egg BlueWaarif
4.40RathboneRathboneJfoulRathboneJfoulJfoulJfoulPink FlamingoRathboneJFoulRathbone
5.15DaschasNinjagoHee HawToofiShort WorkDandy HighwaymanFantasy KeeperSuitcase ‘N’ TaxiShort WorkPresidentialToofi

The June meeting at York Racecourse brings two days of great sport – and great betting.

It’s always worth checking out recommendations from professional tipsters ahead of placing your bets. Renowned racing tipsters The Winners Enclosure have built up a huge following on the back of their bets. They offer daily tips on all meetings across the country, including every meeting at York througout the season.

Saturday is a big charity occasion too, being the fundraiser for Macmillan.

But who to back? Over to YorkMix resident tipster, Dick Turpin…

Today’s principal race offers punters a challenging conundrum, writes tipster Turpin.

The Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint (3.35), run in memory of our city’s inspirational shoe retailer, Cathy Paver, who died last year, is one of Britain’s richest sprint handicaps for three-year-olds.

After seven losing runs, Andrew Balding’s Foxtrot Lady finally got the hang of it and is now looking for her third consecutive win.

But this likely favourite, with a helpful 5lb pull from young jockey Jason Watson, could be vulnerable to Richard Fahey’s useful Gabrial The Saint, and Nigel Tinkler’s promising colt, Citron Major.

The latter, with respected youngster Rowan Scott on board, and his helpful 3lb claim, is a tentative choice in this intriguing six-furlong event.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Pacify
Each Way: Tapis Libre
Longshot: Star Of The East


Win: Spanish City
EW: Get Knotted
Longshot: Golden Apollo


Win: Weekender
EW: Marmelo
Longshot: Algometer


Win: Citron Major (nap)
EW: Gabrial The Saint
Longshot: Staxton


Win: Duck Egg Blue (nb)
EW: Dark Intention
Longshot: Ghayyar


Win: Rathbone
EW: Jfoul
Longshot: Hesslewood


Win: Daschas
EW: Athollblairboy
Longshot: Wediddodontwe

From June 15, 2018 9.33 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the June meeting 2018, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, June 15, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinWinners EnclosureSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukDaily Star
2.20Across Dubai (nb)Cote d’AzurMafaaheemMaster Carpenter (nap)Cote d’AzurNathan (nap)MafaaheemMafaaheemMaster CarpenterAcross DubaiAcross DubaiNathan
2.55Minas GeraisMr ButtonsMr ButtonsChains Of LoveMr ButtonsMazeo LadMr ButtonsMr ButtonsMy UkuleleMr ButtonsMazeo LadMazeo Lad (nap)
3.30Imperial State (nap)Donncha Cymraeg BountyImperial StateKaesoStarlight RomanceHajjamImperial StateJuanito ChicoThe Great WallHajjamDonncha
4.05Here Comes WhenArodArodArodArodArodArodArodSovereign Debt (nap)ArodHere Comes WhenHere Comes When
4.40Sandra’s SecretMaid In IndiaSarshamplaMaid In IndiaSandra’s SecretMaid In IndiaCarlton FrankieGorgeous NooraSandra's SecretCarlton FrankieSandra’s SecretSandra’s Secret
5.15ZeelanderZeelanderZeelander (treble)ZeelanderZeelanderZeelanderZeelander (nb)ZeelanderZeelanderZeelanderZeelanderFramley Garth

The June meeting at York Racecourse brings two days of great sport – and great betting.

It’s always worth checking out recommendations from professional tipsters ahead of placing your bets. Renowned racing tipsters The Winners Enclosure have built up a huge following on the back of their bets. They offer daily tips on all meetings across the country, including every meeting at York througout the season.

There’s also plenty of money flowing to an excellent cause. Saturday is Macmillan Charity Raceday, which has raised £7.5 million for the charity over 48 years.

But back to today – and who to back? Over to Turpin, our resident tipster.

Today’s big race, the Ganton Stakes (4.05), attracts just five runners competing for the £28,355 prize, writes tipster Turpin.

The seven-furlong Listed event should see David Simcock’s much-fancied Arod battling it out in the final 200 yards with Andrew Balding’s Here Comes When.

Preference, but only just, is for the latter, winner of Goodwood’s Sussex Stakes last year. The only doubt being that the gelding would prefer softer going.

A high-class field of eight will contest the Ebf Breeders’ Series Fillies Handicap (4.40), with both Sandra’s Secret and Maid In India aiming for a hat-trick of wins.

Sandra’s Secret has the tougher task, being penalised for neat victories at Ripon, but with the reliable Silvestre De Sousa aboard, the grey mare earns the vote.

By far the most exciting betting race of the day is the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Handicap (3.30) with a field of 20 battling it out over the testing seven furlongs.

A case could be made for at least eight of these, with Magic City, Juanito Chico, The Great Wall and Hajjam heading up most lists.

But I have had a strong word from the Easterby yard that everything will be just right for Imperial State, and with Harrison Shaw’s 5lb claim, that makes the five-year-old gelding the one to carry Turpin’s hopes home.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Chapelli
Each way: Big Boots


Win: Across Dubai (nb)
EW: Indian Chief
Longshot: King’s Pavilion


Win: Minas Gerais
EW: Mazeo Lad
Longshot: Spring To Freedom


Win: Imperial State (nap)
EW: Hajjam
Longshot: The Great Wall


Win: Here Comes When


Win: Sandra’s Secret
EW: Maid In India
Longshot: Excellent Times


Win: Zeelander
EW: Zihaam
Longshot: St Malo

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the First Saturday 2018

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, May 26, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukDaily Star
2.00SalateenGet KnottedGolden ApolloGolden Apollo (nb)GilgameshGet KnottedSalateenGet KnottedHayadhSo BelovedSalateen
2.35BatterseaCarnageoThistimenextyearAcross The StarsThistimenextyearJe Suis CharlieZack MayoTawdeeaCarnageoBatterseaAcross The Stars
3.05Isabel De Urbina (nap)Precious RamotsweIsabel De UrbinaPrecious RamotsweMam’selleDo Re Mi Fa SolDo Re Mi Fa SolIsabel De UrbinaIsabel De UrbinaIsabel De UrbinaDo Re Mi Fa Sol
3.40Carlton FrankieFinal VentureEvergateMajor Jumbo (nap)EvergateCarlton FrankieCarlton FrankieEl AstronauteEdward LewisMr LuptonEl Astronaute
4.15JfoulMoyassarMoyassarMoyassarI Am A DreamerMoyassarPacinoI Am A DreamerJfoulBroken SpearI Am A Dreamer
4.50Desert Diamond (nb)AkvaveraDesert DiamondShazzabAkvaveraDesert DiamondDesert DiamondAkvaveraDesert DiamondDesert DiamondAkvavera (nb)
5.25ExplainMy AmigoSir RodericTheodoricoScofflawTheodoricoMon Beau VisageOur Charlie BrownTheodoricoAlfred HutchinsonSir Roderic

At YorkMix Towers (just at the top of Shambles), we’re still recovering from Dick Turpin’s astonishing performance at the Dante meeting last week.

He tipped winners galore, narrowly missing out – by just one selection – on the Tote Jackpot along the way.

Not bad going, considering he was threatened with the sack after his dismal performance in the mud of the second half of last season.

Let’s hope he hasn’t peaked too soon this year. We’ve managed to drag the wayward highwayman out of one of his favourite haunts to offer his selections for today’s First Saturday meeting at Knavesmire.

Yesterday’s rain means the all-important going is likely to be good, at best, tipster Turpin writes. Let’s hope there’s little or no overnight rain, as we all know what happens to our selections when the going becomes soft.

The big money today, (£51,039 for the winner) comes in the stamina test for fillies (3.05) with Isabel De Urbina, the clear choice.

Ralph Beckett’s classy four-year-old trotted up nicely in her seasonal reappearance in the Good-to-Soft at Goodwood. With Harry Bentley aboard again, she looks set to do the same today, in this six-runner contest over 1m 5f.

Much will depend on a true pace from the off. She should account for Precious Ramotswe, stepping up from a good win at Brighton three weeks ago.

In the other six-runner contest, the Fillies Handicap (4.50) for three-year-olds, I’m looking no further than Sir Michael Stoute’s eye-catching Desert Diamond who kicked off her season with a comfy win at Wolverhampton earlier in the month, and looks a class above most of these.

Only the relatively unexposed Akvavera (that Beckett/Bentley combination again) poses any real threat to the selection.

The most exciting race of the day is likely to come in the five-furlong Sprint Handicap (3.40) as El Astronaute, who scuppered our jackpot bid last week, tries for a swift repeat.

Major Jumbo and Carlton Frankie look well placed to spoil the party, though, with Turpin’s preference – but only just – for the latter, Mick Easterby’s well-regarded four-year-old filly.

The last race (5.25) 20-runner highlight could be the opportunity for Explain to make amends for getting crowded out at Chester recently, when the gelding looked ready to score.

But the old stager, ten-year-old top weight Alfred Hutchinson, represents danger, as do My Amigo, Heaven’s Guest, Theodorico and Heaven’s Guest. Small stakes advised!

Turpin’s tips


Win: Salateen
Each way: Hayadh
Longshot: Gilgamesh


Win: Battersea
EW: Manjaam
Longshot: Across The Stars


Win: Isabel De Urbina (nap)
EW:Precious Ramotswe


Win: Carlton Frankie
EW: El Astronaute
Longshot: Major Jumbo


Win: Jfoul
EW: Moyassar
Longshot: Pacino


Win: Desert Diamond (nb)
EW: Akvavera


Win: Explain
EW: Theodorico
Longshot: Heaven’s Guest

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Festival 2018 – Day 3

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, May 18, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukDaily Star
2.20No LippyStrings Of LifeNo LippyCotubanamaNicki’s AngelOn The StageNo LippySnazzyNicki's AngelNickiʼs AngelNo Lippy
2.55ThreadingAwesometankSheika ReikaSheikha ReikaDark Rose AngelSheikha Reika (nap)Sheikha Reika (nb)Dance DivaSheikha ReikaThreadingDance Diva
3.30Stradivarius (nap)StradivariusStradivariusStradivariusStradivariusStradivariusDesert Skyline (nap)Count Octave (nap)Desert SkylineStradivariusStradivarius (nap)
4.05Thundering BlueMaster CarpenterThundering BlueMaster CarpenterMaster Carpenter (nb)Thundering BlueThundering BlueBanditryBanditryValcartierCapton
4.35Isabella (nb)IsabellaLady In QuestionLady In QuestionAngel Of DarknessLady In QuestionBint ArcanoPepitaCrafty MadamIsabellaLady In Question
5.05KoditimeKoditimeRoundhay ParkKimifiveAngel ForceMarnie JamesBow BellesFool For YouKoditimeKoditimeKimifive
5.40BaghdadDontgiveuponbobBanksy's ArtNuits St GeorgesBaghdadMaking MiraclesVictory ChimeVictory ChimeVictory ChimeMaking MiraclesBaghdad

This time last year, a soggy Knavesmire brought agony for the punters (and YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin), as fancied runners failed to fathom the bottomless ground.

It has been a completely different story this time, with good-to-firm going helping transform our fortunes.

After Wednesday’s brilliant tipping performance, Turpin was back on form yesterday with winners Coronet (2/1) and Roaring Lion (3/1) and placed selections at 4/1 and 9/2 too. What does our dastardly highwayman have for us today?

Today it’s all eyes on Stradivarius and the Gosden / Dettori partnership in the Yorkshire Cup (3.30), writes tipster Turpin.

Winner of the 2017 Goodwood Cup, this highly progressive son of Sea The Stars starts his four-year-old staying career off a rating a clear six points ahead of his likely challengers Desert Skyline and Max Dynamite and is a confident choice to round off a successful week on Knavesmire.

I hear good reports from the David O’Meara yard concerning Isabella, top weight in the Fillies Handicap (4.35); Danny Tudhope’s charge performed well at Pontefract in August, and has shown constant improvement since, impressing over an extended mile at Hamilton.

Further progress is expected over this shorter trip, which represents the daughter of Galileo’s best distance. Crafty Madam and Pepita are the only real dangers.

Only one winner for Mark Johnston so far. But No Lippy (2.20) and Threading (2.55) might be the ones to put the York maestro back on top in the first two races, with Baghdad, Making Miracles and Birdette all in with a chance (in the 5.40) of rounding off a great day for him.

Turpin’s tips


Win: No Lippy
EW: Snazzy
Longshot: Cotubanama


Win: Threading
EW: Sheikha Reika


Win: Stradivarius (nap)
EW: Max Dynamite
Longshot: On To Victory


Win: Thundering Blue
EW: Banditry
Longshot: Capton


Win: Isabella (nb)
EW: Pepita
Longshot: Yeah Baby Yeah


Win: Koditime
EW: Roundhay Park
Longshot: Bow Belles


Win: Baghdad
EW: Victory Chime
Longshot: Birdette

From May 17, 2018 10.18 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Festival 2018 – Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Thursday, May 17, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukDaily Star
2.20Royal BraveCopper KnightMajor JumboEl AstronauteCopper Knight (nb)Copper KnightMajor Jumbo (nap)Gracious JohnEdward LewisMajor JumboDesert Law
2.55CoronetChain Of Daisies (nb)MoriSmart CallMoriChain of Daisies (nap)Chain Of DaisiesCoronet (nap)Chain Of DaisiesCoronetCoronet (nb)
3.30Roaring LionCrossed BatonWells Farhh Go (nb)Wells Farhh Go (nb)Nordic LightsNordic LightsRoaring LionCrossed BatonWells Farhh GoRoaring LionNordic Lights
4.05Cape ByronCape Byron (nap)Larchmont LadBaraweezIsomerBaraweezIsomerCustom CutCape ByronCape ByronIsomer
4.35Hey JonesyMokaatilDeclaration Of PeaceHey JonesyHey Jonesy (nap)Main DesireDeclarationofpeace (nb)DeclarationofpeaceHey JonesyHey JonesyHaddaf
5.05KessaarTrue BeliefFirst ThoughtKessaarBurning LakeTrue BeliefTrue BeliefI Am A DreamerTrue BeliefKessaarBurning Lake
5.35October StormOctober StormArrowtownWaiting For Richie (nap)CrayArrowtownCrayBlue HussarChocolate BoxGracelandArrowtown

What a day it was yesterday! Three winners for YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin.

And an each-way selection that romped home at 10/1.

Let’s hope this is the start of something good rather than a season high already.

Winning selections, Hamada (5/2), Harry Angel (4/9) and Give and Take (7/2), and each way winner George Bowen (10/1) were the ones that obliged yesterday.

Turpin came within a whisker of scooping the Placepot and jackpot too, being let down by his Fifth Leg selection.

And to prove that Turpin always puts his ill-gotten money where his mouth is, here’s his oh-so-nearly Placepot slip (same selections were used for the Jackpot).

Today’s contests are a bit tougher to work out, so it’s over to Dick for his verdict…

Yesterday’s near-miss on the jackpot may take a while to get over, but rest assured, Harry Angel and Give And Take did us proud with our single bets, so we are riding high for the time being, writes tipster Turpin.

The nine-runner Dante Stakes, today’s centrepiece event (3.30), is considerably more open than in the last few years, with Newmarket winner Mildenberg, dual course-winner Wells Farhh Go, and 2,000 Guineas fifth Roaring Lion, all with very strong claims.

The value bet might be Mark Johnston’s Mildenberger, tackling a longer trip at last, but the selection is John Gosden’s top-rated flying machine Roaring Lion. The progressive Nordic Lights will be attractive for those seeking a long-shot upset.

Gosden saddles Coronet in the Middleton Stake, the fillies race which precedes it (2.55). Last season’s win in the Ribblesdale at Ascot should be evidence enough that this daughter of Dubawi has what it takes.

If she has over-wintered well, and all the signs are that she has, Frankie Dettori can steer her safely to success today.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Royal Brave
EW: Major Jumbo
Longshot: Carlton Frankie


Win: Coronet
EW: Mori
Longshot: Turret Rocks


Win: Roaring Lion
EW: Mildenberger
Longshot: Nordic Lights


Win: Cape Byron
EW: Baraweez
Longshot: Afaak


Win: Hey Jonesy
EW: Roussel
Longshot: Haddaf


Win: Kessaar
EW: Burning Lake
Longshot: Sense Of Belonging


Win: October Storm
EW: Graceland
Longshot: Arrowtown

From May 16, 2018 9.34 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Festival 2018 – Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianSporting LifeAt The RacesGG.co.ukDaily Star
2.20HamadaHamadaContangoCrowned EagleTuff RockBankseaHamadaHamadaCrowned EagleTuff Rock
2.55Gin In The InnFlying Pursuit (treble)Final VenturePrivate Matter (nap)Flying PursuitGeorge Bowen (nb)Flying PursuitOrion's BowOrionʼs BowOwer Fly
3.30Harry Angel (nap)Harry AngelTasleetTasleetHarry AngelHarry AngelSir Dancealot (nap)Harry AngelHarry AngelTasleet
4.05Give And TakeGive And Take (nap)LubinkaGive And TakeHighgardenCeilidhs DreamHighgardenGive And TakeCeilidhs DreamLubinka
4.35Three Saints BayCavatinaQueen's Sargent (nb)ClubbableThree Saints BayThree Saints Bay (nap)Desert DoctorCommander HanCommander HanCommander Han
5.05Delft Dancer (nb)LeoubeWorld OrderWorld OrderDelft DancerWorld OrderMayson MacWorld OrderLeoubeWorld Order (treble)
5.35ZeelanderNo tipReverend Jacobs (nap)Zeelander (nb)Reverend Jacobs (nap)ZeelanderZeelanderReverend JacobsReverend JacobsReverend Jacobs

We’re back racing again at Knavesmire – for what promises to be another scintillating season, writes YorkMix tipster Turpin.

Top marks to chief executive and clerk of the course William Derby and his team for establishing York as Britain’s finest racecourse (as voted by The Racegoers Club).

The Day One highlight is usually the Musidora Stakes, a 1m2f fillies race (4.05). It’s a high-class field, with Give And Take, Highgarden, Lubinka and Ceilidh’s Dream set to do battle.

But even that top-notch offering will be slightly overshadowed by the appearance of the world’s best sprinter, Harry Angel, in the previous race, the Duke Of York Stakes (3.30).

The Clive Cox-trained colt earned the ‘world’s best’ accolade in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings last year after landing the Newmarket July Cup and the Haydock Sprint Cup.

He starts his four-year-old career off an impressive 125 rating. He won’t have everything his own way, as a 5lb penalty thanks to his earlier Group 1 successes, brings him just within range of the likely challengers Tasleet and Brando.

But Turpin fully expects to be collecting big-style, even at the likely short odds that Harry Angel represents. Whatever the outcome, this curtain-raiser promises to be one of the season highlights.

It’s rare for a York meeting to be without a strong showing from Middleham superstar trainer Mark Johnston. But what’s this? Just one runner today!

That, as any regular racegoer will tell you, is a pointer. So, don’t be surprised to see Jim Crowley romping home aboard Delft Dancer in the 5.05 novices event.

Just one more bit of insider help. Three Saints Bay, David O’Meara’s talented Irish-bred gelding, is reportedly in superb form and should give a good account of himself in the 4.35 seven-furlong handicap.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Hamada
Each Way: Crowned Eagle
Longshot: Island Brave


Win: Gin In The Inn
EW: George Bowen
Longshot: Teruntum Star


Win: Harry Angel (nap)
EW: Tasleet


Win: Give And Take
EW: Lubinka


Win: Three Saints Bay
EW: Valdolobo
Longshot: Excellent Times


Win: Delft Dancer (n.b.)
EW: World Order
Longshot: Leoube


Win: Zeelander
EW: Reverend Jacobs
Longshot: Regal Mirage


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2017, Day 4

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, August 26, 2017

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphAt The RacesGG.co.ukGuardian
1.55MondialisteMustashryMondialisteMondialisteMustashryMustashry (nap)MondialisteMondialisteMustashry
2.25On To VictorySecret AdvisorIntellectNorthwest FrontierSecret AdvisorWinston CBin BattutaSecret AdvisorIntellect
3.00Invincible Army (nb)Frozen AngelHeadway (nb)CardsharpHeadway (nb)Invincible ArmyHeadwayCardsharpHeadway (nb)
3.35Magic Circle (nap)Magic CircleTop Tug (nap)Magic Circle (nap)FlymetothestarsIvan GroznyDubkaIvan GroznyBattersea (nap)
4.10Bengali BoysKoditimeTo WafijBengali BoysAbel HandyBengali BoysTo WafijBengali BoysBengali Boys
4.40KhairaatUae PrinceKhairaatBroroccoBaydarUae PrinceUae PrinceKhairaatUae Prince
5.15HolmeswoodTahooBatten The HatchesHolmeswoodCopper KnightCopper KnightCopper KnightHolmeswoodMayleaf Shine

It’s the climax of the Ebor meeting today (Saturday, August 26), with 50,000 race fans expected at Knavesmire to see one of the sport’s great spectacles, as 22 runners battle it out for the £177,412 first prize in the 3.35 feature race.

Our resident tipster Dick Turpin had a great day yesterday, with 8-1 and 3-1 winners, plus selections that made the frame at 7-1 and 14-1.

And he’s back to help you give the bookies another bashing. Over to you Dick.

Turpin writes:

There is a huge word for Star Storm in the feature Betfred Ebor Handicap (3.35), and the long-priced (at the time of writing 12-1 from 25-1) does appear to have the right stuff, after an eye-catching third at Royal Ascot last time out.

A significant improvement in the ground will also add to the clamour for James Fanshawe’s five-year-old offspring of Sea The Stars.

But is he good enough? There’s plenty to suggest he will not have things his own way, but there should be little to fear from likely market leaders Flymetothestars and Ivan Grozny. Only one favourite has won this event since 1999, which bodes badly for those two.

Turpin’s preference is for Magic Circle (currently 8-1), already a winner here this week, in Wednesday’s energy-sapping 2m Fine Equinity Handicap.

Today’s trip is two furlongs shorter, and for a horse in form, a second appearance in a week should be well within his scope.

Andover trainer Ralph Beckett should make the long trip here worthwhile, as long as there is a true pace throughout, Turpin expects to collect, and Harry Bentley’s mount should be worth a major each-way punt. Of the others, Scarlet Dragon, Dubka and Top Tug make the most appeal.

Likely favourite, Headway, in the Gimcrack Stakes (3.00) was a disappointing sixth in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, behind Nebo (runner-up that day). Turpin expects those places to be confirmed today, despite the strong opinion of respected observers who are choosing to ignore the Goodwood form, blaming the soft conditions.

Turpin much prefers Invincible Army, who appears to act on any going, in a race where a decent case could be made for at least five of the field of 12.

Young Newmarket trainer James Tate is proving to be one of the brightest stars in the game and Invincible Army looks a type to have significantly more improvement in him in what promises to be a very close contest.

Turpin’s tips

Win: Mondialiste
Place: Mustashry

Win: On To Victory
Place: Intellect
Longshot: Dominating

Win: Invincible Army (n.b.)
Place: Headway
Longshot: Nobleman’s Nest

Win: Magic Circle (Nap)
Place: Scarlet Dragon
Longshot: Star Storm

Win: Bengali Boys
Place: Elizabeth Darcy
Longshot: Sound And Silence

Win: Khairaat
Place: Weekend Offender
Longshot: Beardwood

Win: Holmeswood
Place: Batten The Hatches
Longshot: Copper Knight

From August 25, 2017 8.51 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2017, Day 3

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, August 25, 2017

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphAt The RacesGG.co.ukSporting Life
1.55Red Galileo (nb)Game StarterAppearedAl NekshAl Neksh (nb)Game StarterAppearedAppearedAl Neksh
2.25St MichelDal Harraild (nap)Thomas Hobson (nb)Dal Harraild (nap)Dal HarraildDartmouthDartmouthDartmouthDal Harraild
3.00Daban (nap)DabanSo BelovedSo BelovedRusumaatDabanDabanSuedoisEscobar
3.35MarshaBattaash (nb)Lady Aurelia (nap)Lady AureliaBattaashLady AureliaLady AureliaLady AureliaBattaash (nap)
4.15DoswellGabrDoswellGabrCapital FlightDoswellCapital FlightGabrDoswell
4.50MojitoMojitoMojitoMedahimAppointed (nap)MojitoMojitoMedahimSyphax

It’s day three of the prestigous Ebor Festival, which features York’s fastest race, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

YorkMix tipster had an 8/1 winner in Thursday’s last race. What is he backing today?

Turpin writes:

The clash of the day comes in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (3.35), the highest-rated 1,000m (5f) sprint in the world.

Superstars Battaash and Lady Aurelia are widely expected to fill the top slots, but they won’t have it all their own way in a glittering field of 12.

Marsha stands out as the one to cause an upset, following last season’s win in the prestigious Prix de l’Abbaye, followed up in May with a stunning victory under a weight penalty in the Palace House Stakes.

The news from Sir Mark Prescott’s yard is that the four-year-old Acclamation filly has regained her form and has an outstanding chance, which is what value-seekers crave.

Take nothing away from Battaash (Jim Crowley on board), seeking a four-timer, but Charles Hills’ youngster is untried in Group One company.

Similarly, Lady Aurelia (Frankie Dettori) is hard to oppose, following her stunning victory last year in the Queen Mary at Royal ascot, and an even more spectacular win in this year’s King’s Stand Stakes. But this will be her second trip over from the States this year, and that always raises a doubt.

Marsha is a tentative selection, but the short prices around the two principals, should mean great value for each-way backers.

In the First Race Special Handicap (1.55), Saeed bin Suroor looks to hold the best hand with Red Galileo now that Game Starter is a non-runner.

Top weight course-and-distance winner Appeared is a genuine sort and could make the frame, with fit-again Al Neksh a contender too.

The question in the Lonsdale (2.25) is whether Willie Mullins’ Thomas Hobson has sufficient improvement in him to land this testing two-miler. Enterprising runs at Royal Ascot suggest he will be thereabouts, but the value bet may lie with St Michel, a handsome Sea The Stars colt who impressed when going close in a similar contest in the US in June.

The City of York Stakes (3.00) looks tailor-made for the Gosden/Dettori partnership on Daban, another offspring of Acclamation.

Winner of the Nell Gwyn, and fine showings in the 1,000 Guineas and the Jersey Stakes, suggest this 7f presents the perfect opportunity to shine. But she won’t have it all her own way; strong support for Suedois or So Beloved should be noted.

And never forget Mark Johnston at York. His Rusumaat is stepping up a grade today, with Jim Crowley aboard, and might offer the best value in a tricky contest.

The Convivial Maiden Stakes (4.15) presents the trickiest contest of the day, with seven of the 20 runners racing for the first time.

With so many unknowns, and precious little form to go on, the answer may well lie in the market place, headed by John Gosden’s Doswell, narrowly beaten on his first outing at Newmarket last month. Small stakes are advised!

The final race (4.50) should see Mojito, Battered, Horroob and La Rav battling it out close home. Word from the Haggas yard is that Mojito is primed to make it a three-timer, following tidy wins at Sandown and Newmarket.

La Rav was unlucky on the all-weather (Chelmsford) last time out, so his third place there can be discounted. Earlier wins at Salisbury and Newbury suggest this distance, just short of a mile, will give him a major chance.

Again, don’t forget Mark Johnston; he saddles top weight Montataire, returning after a break of more than three months.

Turpin’s tips

Win: Red Galileo (n.b.)
Place: Appeared
Longshot: Al Neksh

Win: St Michel
Place: Thomas Hobson
Longshot: Higher Power

Win: Daban (nap)
Place: So Beloved
Longshot: Rusumaat

Win: Marsha
Place: Lady Aurelia
Longshot: Bataash

Win: Doswell
Place: Laugh A Minute
Longshot: Sam Gold

Win: Mojito
Place: La Rav
Longshot: Monataire

From August 24, 2017 9.31 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2017, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesTelegraphGuardianAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.55Hey JonesyDe Bruyne HorseHey JonesyHey JonesyTangledHey JonesyGreat ProspectorDe Bruyne HorseDe Bruyne Horse
2.25Madeline (nap)ActressHappy Like A FoolMadelineNaturalMadeline (nb)Madeline (nb)MadelineActress
3.00Chelsea LadChelsea Lad (nap)El Vip (nb)Victory Bond (nap)QassemVictory BondFlaming SpearChelsea LadVictory Bond
4.15Mori (nb)Mori (nb)MoriMoriCurlew RiverMoriCurlew RiverMoriMori
4.50Lincoln RocksGheedaa (treble)Gheedaa (nap)Breakable (nb)Cristal FizzCristal FizzWhispered Kiss (nap)Cristal FizzCristal Fizz

Ulysees was a healthy 4/1 nap for Turpin in a fantastic Juddmonte showpiece yesterday, ending a long, troubled run for our highwayman tipster.

n his defence, the old rogue cites the unpredictable weather which affected the going and hampered the chances of many fancied runners.

Better weather – and firmer going – is likely today, as Knavesmire hosts the Lowther Stakes and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on Ladies Day.

And, as all the ladies love Dick, it’s over to you Mr Turpin…

Turpin writes:

The Yorkshire Oaks (3.35) looks to be at the mercy of Enable, a fine winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

The only question-mark is which of the other five runners will make the frame for the forecast. Preference is for Queen’s Trust, third here last year, and preferred, just, to Nezwaah, already a big-race winner, yet to be tested over 1m4f.

Threading and Special Purpose are expected to take the step up in class in their stride for the Lowther Stakes (2.25).

Both have strong claims; but preference is for the seriously progressive Madeline.

An impressive fifth in the Albany, and a subsequent victor over six furlongs at Newbury, Roger Varian’s filly looks made of the right stuff and rates the nap choice.

Earlier, Yorkshire’s hopes in the opener (1.55) are headed by Hey Jonesey, a course-and-distance winner last month, with a performance that looked to have some scope for improvement.

Richard Hannon’s Tangled and De Bruyne Horse, are both respected, the latter the likeliest threat, having won well in France.

Richard Fahey saddles five, yes five, in the field of 20, with Great Prospector having the strongest claims on form; but Fahey’s Darkanna, at the bottom of the weights, could represent cracking value for longshot backers.

Turpin reckons Chelsea Lad was a little unlucky in defeat here last month and looks set for a big race on his return in the Clipper Logistics Handicap (3.00).

Victory Bond was behind him then, and with the weights against him there is little to suggest those placings will be altered. Ronald R also looked a tad unlucky in the Britannia at Ascot, and represents a big threat to the selection.

Value-seekers need look no further than Quixote, a winner at Haydock in April, and cleverly lined up here by the shrewd Sheriff Hutton trainer Mick Easterby. Should go well at a big price.

Mori is likely to justify favouritism in the Galtres Stakes (4.15), and Turpin can see nothing to stand in the way of Sir Michael Stoute’s Frankel colt, only just touched off in the Ribblesdale at Ascot.

Two victories at 1m2f, suggest that the extra distance will present little difficulty. Lightly-raced Aljezeera (Frankie Dettori) looks a good forecast choice.

A cracking fillies handicap (4.50) to finish what promises to be a great day. Watch carefully for any strong moves in the market, as there are at least six with great claims.

Cristal Fizz, Lincoln Rocks, Whispered Kiss, Ghadaayer, Gheeda and Breakable all have claims; but none of the form is overwhelming.

In short, it’s one for the pinstickers! Turpin’s narrow preference is for top-weight Lincoln Rocks, twice a winner this season. The Rock Of Gibraltar filly looks well capable of giving weight all round to her rivals.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Hey Jonesy
Place: De Bruyne Horse
Longshot: Darkanna


Win: Madeline (nap)
Place: Threading
Longshot: Special Purpose


Win: Chelsea Lad
Place: Ronald R
Longshot: Quixote


Win: Enable
Place: Queen’s Trust


Win: Mori (n.b.)
Place: Aljezeera
Longshot: More Mischief


Win: Lincoln Rocks
Place: Cristal Fizz
Longshot: Whispered Kiss

From August 23, 2017 10.25 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2017, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorTimesTelegraphGuardianAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.55AmomentofmadnessEdward LewisMoviestaThesme (nap)Verne CastleRobot BoyEl AstronauteOrionʼs Bow
2.25Dee Ex Bee (nb)Lansky (nb)Dee Ex BeeLanskyFleet ReviewFleet ReviewWells Farhh GoJames Garfield
3.00Mirage Dancer (nap)Cracksman (treble)CracksmanMirage DancerCracksman (nb)Venice BeachCracksmanCracksman
3.35Ulysses (nap)UlyssesUlysses (nb)Barney RoyBarney RoyUlyssesChurchillChurchill
4.15YorkiddingMagic Circle (nap)My RewardEuchen Glen (nb)SeamourShrewd (nb)Magic CircleYorkidding
4.50EtefaaqSavalasGreen FortuneSavalasTathmeenKalagiaGreen FortuneEtefaaq

At last. It’s the Ebor meeting. Top marks to William Derby and his brilliant team at Knavesmire for producing one of the high points of the European racing calendar.

Today’s feature races, The Great Voltigeur (3.00), with £96,407 to the winner, and the Juddmonte, with an amazing £567,100 to the victor, are world-class events, rightly viewed a jewel in the crown of the sport of kings.

The mere mention of jewels is enough to gain the interest of our resident rogue, the highwayman tipster, Dick Turpin.

So what does our big Dick reckon?

Turpin writes:

Followers of David O’Meara’s Out Do in the first (1.55), successful in the Wokingham at Royal Ascot, and twice here two seasons ago, should look instead to O’Meara’s other three runners: Move In Time, Watchable and Edward Lewis.

With four to choose from, Daniel Tudhope has shunned the dual 2015 course and distance winner and subsequent Wokingham victor at Royal Ascot.

He wisely opts for the four-year-old gelding Edward Lewis, who impressed with early-season wins at Beverley and Lingfield.

But a disappointing run in the Goodwood Stewards’ Cup leaves Turpin in favour of the bang-in-form Amomentofmadness, aiming to avenge his short head defeat Goodwood defeat by El Astronaute.

In the 2.25 Acomb Stakes (7f), Dee Ex Bee is a confident choice.

Mark Johnston’s colt, (by Farhh out of Dubai Sunshine) won nicely on debut at Goodwood. He made all to win with a lot in hand and has the look of a superstar in the making.

The Dettori / Gosden combination will be all the rage in the Great Voltigeur Stakes (3.00). Frankie’s charge, Cracksman, deserves respect after an impressive third in the Derby, and a near-miss second in the Irish Derby.

But Turpin’s value selection is Sir Michael Stoute’s Mirage Dancer whose debut win last season was followed by good performances at Chester and Royal Ascot.

There is much more to come from this Frankel colt, and as long as the pace is not allowed to flag, Andrea Atzeni’s mount has an excellent chance of beating favourite Cracksman.

Only seven runners for the Juddmonte (3.35), but what a race in prospect.

Only My Dream Boat can be easily discounted (visored for the first time, after cheekpieces failed to keep his mind on the job in the King George).

Turpin’s preference is for Sir Michael Stoute’s four-year-old Galileo colt, Ulysses, who saw off Barney Roy in the Eclipse.

Barney Roy gained revenge on Churchill at Royal Ascot, and looks to have enough to hold the O’Brien three-year-old again.

The unpredictable, quantity here is Shutter Speed. The three-time winner didn’t fully recapture her form in the Prix Diane at Chantilly; but fourth place in that company is hardly a big failure – and the wide draw may have been the real decisive factor there.

With Dettori aboard, anything could happen, and John Gosden decision to tongue-tie the filly could be the missing ingredient. Will that be enough to overcome the Crowley / Stoute combination on Ulysses?

Mark Johnston saddles a pair of fancied runners in the two-mile Fine Equity Handicap (4.15). Jockey Joe Fanning has opted for top-weighted Ascot winner Oriental Fox.

But Turpin’s preference is for Johnston’s Yorkidding, a winner twice this season, who also had a bold showing in the Chester Cup.

Theydon Grey, the likely favourite, has done nothing wrong for William Haggas, and is seeking a four-timer. But this is a step up and he looks vulnerable this time, even though he’s has the benefit of near-bottom weight in the handicap.

The final race, The Betway Nursery (4.50) serves up a thrilling 20-runner sprint contest. Turpin’s money (but not much of it) will be on Frankie aboard Richard Hannon’s Etefaaq to defeat William Haggas’s Green Fortune, with dangers in the form of Tathmeen, Savalas and Zap.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Amomentofmadness
Place: Edward Lewis
Longshot: El Astronaute


Win: Dee Ex Bee (n.b.)
Place: Fleet Review
Longshot: Wells Farhh Go


Win: Mirage Dancer
Place: Cracksman
Longshot: Khalidi


Win: Ulysses (nap)
Place: Barney Roy
Longshot: Shutter Speed


Win: Yorkidding
Place: Theydon Grey
Longshot: Magic Circle


Win: Etefaaq
Place: Green Fortune
Longshot: Savalas

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase Weekend, Day 2

The tipsters table, York Races, Saturday, July 29, 2017

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorMail OnlineTimesTelegraphAt The RacesGG.co.ukSporting Life
2.05Starlight RomanceBattered (nap)Get KnottedGet KnottedGet KnottedSalateenSalateenVon BlucherFingal's Cave
2.40Snap Shots (nb)Snap ShotsUltimate AvenueJaywalkerRasheeq (nap)Out DoMuntadabGeorge BowenAl Qahwa
3.15Autocratic (nap)Victory BondSuccess DaysHathalVictory BondVictory BondVictory BondSuccess DaysSuccess Days
3.50StaxtonHey JonesyHey JonesyStaxtonStaxtonStaxtonHey JonesyBarefoot BabyStaxton
4.25FredericSaved By The BellVercingetorixAngel GabrialVercingetorixVercingetorixFredericAngel GabrialAngel Gabrial
5.00Lady BergamotNeshmeyaCompany AssetAppointedAppointedLady BergamotLady BergamotCompany AssetFengate
5.35ChatburnJohn KirkupJive LadyMarnie JamesValidatorMarnie James (nap)ValidatorJohn KirkupValidator

Never ever say Dick Turpin doesn’t know his music. He’ll be down at the front of the stage tonight partying with All Saints as they headline the Music Showcase weekend at Knavesmire.

But before that, he hopes to be filling his pockets in an evening of top-class racing, with the York Stakes (3.15), worth £68,052 to the winner, and the fascinating Sky Bet Dash (2.40), with £31,125 for the victor.

If you want to back one of Turpin’s choices – or any of those in our tipsters’ table – find all the horse racing betting at top UK bookmaker William Hill.

Over to YorkMix’s resident tipster, your friendly highwayman, Dick Turpin.

Turpin writes:

The best races are always something of a mystery. Will this one hold its form? Will the extra distance be too much for that one? What about the effect of a change of trainer or a new jockey?

And that’s the kind of conundrum to be unraveled in the wonderful 1m2f York Stakes (3.15).

Likely favourite Autocratic got the better of Algometer at Sandown in May, but now he’s 3lb worse off for the 1¼ length victory. That should see them dead heat! In theory, of course.

But shrewd observers reckoned David Simcock’s charge won with a bit more in hand, so he gets the vote. But they won’t have it all their own way in this eight-runner contest.

Success Days and Victory Bond both come into the equation, the latter not getting a clear run here from a poor draw in the John Smith’s Cup. Turpin has also had a whisper from the Haggas yard that Hathal, upped in trip, could spring a surprise at decent price.

Earlier, the thrilling cavalry charge that brings 20 top sprinters to the 6f Sky Bet Dash (2.40) could see George Bowen and Ultimate Avenue dominating.

But the draw is against them. Ten of the last 13 winners of the race were drawn in stall 10 or lower, and these two leaders in the betting are in 12 and 16 respectively.

Could the draw (3) and the good-to-soft going swing it for Mick Channon’s Mobsta? He’s a real outsider tonight, but the four-time winner on this going could represent the e.w. value in the race.

Turpin, however, reckons the answer lies in the Irish raider, Snap Shots. He had a couple of tonight’s contenders behind him when second of 17 in a quality race at the Curragh a fortnight back.

That performance was on much firmer ground, but Tony Coyle’s five-year-old gelding can handle any going and ticks most boxes.

The draw (2) gives outsider Al Qahwa a lively chance to make the frame too.

The opening race (2.05) sees Get Knotted attempt to repeat last year’s success. But Richard Fahey’s gelding is likely to come up against three in top form: Battered, Salateen and Starlight Romance.

Preference, just, is for the latter, after winning two of her four starts this year, and an impressive second at Chester last time.

In the 1m2f handicap (5.00), Turpin’s spies have sent a strong word for Lady Bergamot. A 20lb advantage over the impressive Company Asset should be enough to see her home, with Neshmeya the chief danger.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Starlight Romance
Place: Battered
Longshot: Get Knotted


Win: Snap Shots (N.B)
Place: Al Qahwa
Longshot: Mobsta


Win: Autocratic (Nap)
Place: Algometer
Longshot: Hathal


Win: Staxton
Place: Hey Jonsey
Longshot: Barefoot Baby


Win: Frederic
Place: Vercingetorix
Longshot: Graceful Lady


Win: Lady Bergamot
Place: Company Asset
Longshot: Empress Ali


Win: Chatburn
Place: Validator
Longshot: Marnie James

From July 28, 2017 8.48 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase Weekend, Day 1

The tipsters table, York Races, Friday, July 28, 2017

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorMail OnlineTimesTelegraphAt The RacesGG.co.ukSporting Life
6.00ZehrahBreanskiBreanskiBrother McGonagallBreanskiBreanskiBrother McGonagallBrother McGonagallBrother McGonagall
6.30Pomme De TerreKibaarPomme de TerreLexington TimesPomme De TerreFoxy ForeverLaughtonFoxy ForeverFoxy Forever
7.00Pacific Fleet (nb)Laugh A MinuteLaugh A MinuteLaugh A MinutePacific FleetFortune's PearlLaugh A MinuteFortuneʼs PearlFortune's Pearl
7.30Aim To Please (nap)Ajman PrincessAim To PleaseAjman PrincessVery DashingAjman PrincessAim To PleaseAjman PrincessAjman Princess
8.00Calder PrinceCandelisaCalder PrinceInnocent TouchTwo For TwoPalmerstonHome CumminsKharbetationInnocent Touch
8.30Sheepscar LadDakota GoldBatten The HatchesDakota GoldSheepscar LadDakota GoldSheepscar LadDakota GoldDakota Gold

Pop princess Jess Glynne tops the bill at Knavesmire tonight (Friday, July 28).

The 27-year-old singer-songwriter from London burst on the scene just four years ago, scoring five No 1 hits by the end of 2015.

Her work includes notable collaborations with Tinie Tempah, Route 94 and the irrepressible Clean Bandit.

YorkMix’s resident bandit will be there to enjoy the show too. But first, our helpful highwayman hopes to bag some booty from the six-race evening card at England’s finest racecourse.

If you want to back one of Turpin’s choices – or any of those in our tipsters’ table – find all the horse racing betting at top UK bookmaker William Hill.

Over to you, Dick Turpin.

Turpin writes:

All eyes will be on one filly later tonight when Jess Glynne graces the stage. But it is the fillies on show in the prestigious EBF Lyric Stakes (7.30) that will catch my interest first.

The 11-runner contest pitches Sir Michael Stoute’s course and distance winner Playful Sound against Roger Varian’s Goodwood star Ajman Princess.

But my preference is for the value bet of the race, Aim To Please. A winner at up to nine furlongs for Francois Doumen, the £340,000 buy is now switched to Karl Burke’s care.

The shrewd Leyburn trainer has surely seen something extra in the filly who performed well at Royal Ascot (fifth in the Duke of Cambridge) last month, and this extended 1m2f race looks the perfect stage to spring an upset.

As with earlier meetings at Knavesmire this year, the weather will be a significant factor.

At the time of writing, the going is Good, but yesterday’s steady early rain may have moved that to the Soft side, and any further overnight rain could see a repeat of the very soft ground lottery that nearly broke our bank in May, as long-odds winners defeated all the fancied steeds.

Turpin loves to find a value bet… and I think the seven-furlong Best One And Xtra Local Novice Median Auction Stakes (7.00), offers just that.

All eyes will be on Roger Varian’s Laugh A Minute, to see if the colt can fulfil his debut promise. A beaten favourite (third) on his first outing at Ascot two weeks ago, this swift reappearance looks intended to set the record straight.

But there is better value, surely, in Archie Watson’s Pacific Fleet, also third on debut last month.

He ran a little green over Redcar’s five furlongs, but the performance suggested that a longer race might be the answer.

Seven furlongs should suit and, as long as the softening ground doesn’t become bottomless, is in with a big chance. He’s a cautious ‘Next Best’ selection, but should represent good each-way value.

The opener (6.00) is an interesting contest, giving Simon Crisford’s filly Zehrah a chance to atone for a third at Nottingham over ten furlongs earlier this month.

Tonight’s extended mile is just short of 1m1f, and the shorter trip should be enough to give her a huge chance against likely market leaders Breanski and Bother McGonagall.

Before you dash off to catch Jess on the main stage, don’t miss the fine handicap contest in the last race (8.30).

The five-furlong dash should see Dakota Gold and Batten The Hatches in the shake-up, along with Westow trainer Paul Midgeley’s Catterick winner Yorkshire Debut.

But Turpin reckons there might be a better bet altogether. Sheepscar Lad was hugely impressive going from near-last to first at Pontefract 17 days ago. The handicapper clearly thought that run was exceptional too and raised the gelding 7lb in the weights.

Talented apprentice Lewis Edmunds is on board this time and takes off 5lbs of that penalty. That could be just enough to give us a lovely wallet-filling win.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Zehrah
Place: Breanski
Longshot: Rinaria


Win: Pomme De Terre
Place: Lexington Times
Longshot: B Fifty Two


Win: Pacific Fleet (n.b.)
Place: Laugh A Minute
Longshot: High Seas


Win: Aim To Please (Nap)
Place: Ajman Princess
Longshot: Playful Sound


Win: Calder Prince
Place: Kharbetation
Longshot: Innocent Touch


Win: Sheepscar Lad
Place: Dakota Gold
Longshot: Twizzell

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the October meeting 2016 – Day 2

The tipsters table, York Races, Saturday, October 8, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunGuardianTelegraphAt The RacesGG.co.ukDaily MailExpress
2.00pmShawaahidMithqaal (nb)MithqaalWeekend OffenderAlydayShawaahidMithqaalMithqaal
2.35pmGreat Order (nap)Central SquareAutocraticSnoanoGreat OrderCentral SquareGreat OrderGreat Order (nb)
3.10pmPerfect AngelSilver LineSilver LineLost At SeaRich And FamousSilver LineSilver LineSilver Line
3.45pmGet KnottedCaptain Colby (nap)Captain ColbyMythmaker (nap)Captain ColbyCaptain ColbyIntisaabGet Knotted
4.20pmGulliver (nb)EtikaalDubai HorizonTawaafoqGulliverDubai HorizonMojitoDubai Horizon
4.55pmDawn MissileGleese The DevilBertie MoonDawn MissileDawn MissileDawn MissileOdeonDawn Missile
5.30pmNovelty SeekerHibouHibouRichie MccawMarsh PrideHibouHibouHibou

A flying start yesterday with 8/1 winner Turpin’s tip Comedy School in the first race, beating the 5/2 favourite, Battered, to bring home a handy £26.20 forecast to cover our wonderful day out.

Hot favourite Raheen House was the only other selection to oblige (at 4/7), but Turpin nailed the place selection in that race too, Native Prospect at 6/1, bringing in a very acceptable £4.38 forecast to keep us ahead of the bookies – just – on the day.

But what does YorkMix‘s top tipster suggest for the final day of racing on Knavesmire for this year?

Turpin writes:

Talk about saving the best till last! It has been an amazing year at Knavesmire, and the featured Coral Sprint (3.45) is a great way to bow out on a high, as a field of 20 will make this one of the most competitive handicaps of the year.

Mythmaker, Captain Colby, Roudee and Normandy Barriere will be all the rage in the betting, but this is a wide-open contest.

Turpin sides, however, with trainer Michael Dodds, attempting to with this for the third time in four years, and he might just do it – at luscious odds – with Get Knotted, seeking revenge over Roudee for defeat in the Ayr Gold Cup.

Despite a great low draw, the six pound penalty on Captain Colby may just be the difference between a win and a place. I’ve had a good word from the Fahey yard for Mayfair Lady, and she will be included in my forecast combinations.

Not a race for high-stakes punting though, but a fascinating contest and a wonderful way to mark the end of a great season for the Knavesmire team.

Great Order earns the nap selection in the 2.35 race. The three-year-old caught the eye finishing like a train at Newmarket over a mile. The extra two furlongs are exactly what’s needed and the colt is a confident Turpin tip.

Central Square deserves huge respect after a tremendous Doncaster performance, and will be battling it out with bottom-weight Cote D’Azur for a place.

Hugo Palmer’s yard are hoping the tongue-tie and blinkers will work their magic on Gulliver in the 4.20. With two creditable runs, and little among the newcomers to cause concern, the headgear may be all that’s needed this time.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Shawaahid
Place: Mithqaal
Longshot: Just Hiss


Win: Great Order (nap)
Place: Cote D’Azur
Longshot: Autocratic


Win: Perfect Angel
Place: Silver Line
Longshot: Rich And Famous


Win: Get Knotted
Place: Captain Colby
Longshot: Mayfair Lady


Win: Gulliver (nb)
Place: Etikaal
Longshot: Mojito


Win: Dawn Missile
Place: Flower Power
Longshot: Gleese The Devil


Win: Novelty Seeker
Place: Carnageo
Longshot: Sunglider

From October 7, 2016 12.19 pm

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the October meeting 2016, day 1

The tipsters table, York Races, Friday, October 7, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunGuardianAt The RacesGG.co.ukDaily MailExpress
1.45pmComedy SchoolEvergateEvergateBatteredArc RoyalBatteredEvergate
2.20pmKeystrokeRaising SandAlfred HutchinsonKeystrokeBig TimeHome CumminsRaising Sand
2.50pmHer Terms (nap)Abundant CourageKodicatHer TermsHer TermsGlorious PoliticsHer Terms (nap)
3.25pmYangtzeThe GraduateMaster BlueyesMaster BlueyesThe GraduateCape Cova (nb)Yangtze
3.55pmAleefEast Street RevueEast Street RevueTylery WonderEast Street RevueEast Street RevueEast Street Revue
4.30pmRaheen House (nb)Raheen HouseRaheen HouseRaheen HouseRaheen HouseNative ProspectRaheen House
5.00pmRegal DanRegal DanSteel TrainHoneysuckleSteel TrainBertiewhittleSteel Train

It’s the last two days of Knavesmire action this year and what a tasty programme there is in store.

And as well as enjoying the sport, you have two more chances to take the bookies to the cleaners. But who to back? Over to YorkMix‘s resident tipster…

Turpin writes:

The feature race, Stanjames.com Stakes (3.25), should see a tremendous battle between Sir Michael Stoute’s Yangtze and Roger Charlton’s impressive Blakeney Point.

I fully expect to see Sir Michael’s gelding leading them home, again benefiting from the use of the cheekpieces that did the job and focused his charge on the job in hand at Haydock last month.

But it’s a tricky race to assess and claims could be made for Against The Odds, Cape Cova, The Graduate and Master Blueyes.

Turpin will be having a flutter but his big plunge will be on the preceding event (2.50) where Her Terms looks the one to be on.

A handful of newcomers add intrigue, but of those with form, William Haggas’s maiden filly is clearly a cut above. She ran into a decent runner-up spot over course and distance a month ago, and has the benefit of the patient William Twiston-Davies in the driving seat.

In the 4.30, Raheen House looks too good to ignore, following two outings and two runner-up performances, easily the pick on the available form.

With eight newcomers, a surprise is always possible. But, with the notable exception of Crushed (watch for any market move on the Haggas gelding), there seems to be little there for the selection to worry about, especially as the experienced Jimmy Fortune can be relied on to get the best from this promising offspring of Sea The Stars.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Comedy School
Place: Battered
Longshot: Arc Royal


Win: Keystroke
Place: Raising Sand
Longshot: One Word More


Win: Her Terms (nap)
Place: Kodicat
Longshot: Can’t Do Spells


Win: Yangtze
Place: Blakeney Point
Longshot: Master Blueyes


Win: Aleef
Place: East Street Revue
Longshot: Bashiba


Win: Raheen House (nb)
Place: Native Prospect
Longshot: Crushed


Win: Regal Dan
Place: Steel Train
Longshot: Zaeem


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Family Raceday 2016

The tipsters table, York Races, Sunday, September 4, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunGuardianAt The RacesGG.co.ukSporting LifeExpress
2.10pmFirst UpEynhallowEynhallow (nb)First UpFirst UpEynhallowFirst Up
2.40pmPurple RockEl BeauFreewheelAl DestoorPurple RockDarringtonTaraz
3.10pmDanzeno (nap)Lord Of The Land (nap)DanzenoDanzenoDanzenoNameitwhatyoulike (nap)Danzeno (nap)
3.40pmSpinnaker BayHer TermsHer TermsDundunahHer TermsDunduhahParys Mountain
4.10pmSwashbuckleSwashbuckleCotillionBrittletonTouch The SkySwashbuckleIngleby Hollow
4.40pmLaughtonEast Street Revue (nb)Dark DefenderFlying PursuitFlying PursuitLaughtonBelledesert
5.10pmMidnight Whistler (nb)ViserionSellingallthetimeMidnight WhistlerMukhayyamSisyphusMukhayyam

After the intense and sometimes anxious excitement of the Ebor and Juddmonte, the one-day Press Family Raceday is the perfect antidote.

It’s the most relaxed meeting of the year, very much a day for York folks, but still promises top-notch racing.

Paddington Bear is due to make an appearance, and there will be fairground rides and face-painting.

But how can the grown-ups make a little pocket money for themselves? Over to our tipster Dick Turpin…

Turpin writes:

For some trainers and horses it’s a chance to make amends for lacklustre performances earlier in the season and to prove that faith in them has been justified.

Maybe they tackled the wrong distance – or ran their race at the wrong pace or – as always in racing – they just didn’t get it quite right last time. The season’s learning can be put to good use today.

An excellent example of this comes with Turpin’s tip in the last race (5.10), Midnight Whistler. Much was expected of this offspring of Henry The Navigator, but the gelding did not set the world on fire last season.

In February, there was a welcome win when favourite at Lingfield, and punters were expecting to see much more over the summer. But the delayed return suggested something was not quite right.

Now, after a 211-day absence, the stable believes the answer has been found. First time cheekpieces should keep his mind on the job and make a mockery of his current rating.

Tom Marquand’s mount is the pick, hopefully at a great price.

In the feature event, the Garrowby Stakes (3.10), look no further than Danzeno. The Appleby gelding is clear top-rated and goes on any ground, and we are ignoring his last unplaced run.

Lord Of The Land looks good for the forecast.

Turpin’s tips


Win: First Up
EW: Dick Tracy
Longshot: Alshibaa


Win: Purple Rock
EW: Al Destoor
Longshot: Freewheel


Win: Danzeno (Nap)
EW: Lord Of The Land
Longshot: Scrutineer


Win: Spinnaker Bay
EW: Her Terms
Longshot: Dundunah


Win: Swashbuckle
EW: Touch The Sky
Longshot: Arrowtown


Win: Laughton
EW: Flying Pursuit
Longshot: Belledesert


Win: Midnight Whistler (n.b.)
EW: Tamayuz Magic
Longshot: Viserion

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2016, Day 4

The tipsters table, York Races, Saturday, August 20, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunTimesGuardianAt The RacesGG.co.ukSporting LifeRacingTips.com
1.45pmDark RedErik The RedScarlet DragonSennockian StarErik The RedSnoanoImshivallaDark Red
2.15pmDiploma (nap)DiplomaDiplomaDiplomaDiplomaScottishScottishCustom Cut
2.50pmKellstormEmperor NapoleonUnicornInjamKellstormShraaohShraaohShraaoh
3.25pmBlue Point (nb)Blue PointArdad (nap)Blue PointMubtasimBlue PointMokarrisMubtasim
4.00pmHeartbreak CityVent De ForceSeamourKinema (nap)She Is No LadyAntiquariumFun Mac (nap)Vent De Force
4.35pmFinal ReckoningBig Time BabyMegan LilySutter CountyFinal ReckoningAfandemAfandemSutter County
5.05pmLady MacapaEast Street RevueLaughtonEl AstronauteMidnight MalibuQuatrieme AmiEl AstronauteEast Street Revue

The final day of the Ebor Festival is upon us, and a last chance to experience the thrill of this international sporting spectacle – and maybe pocket some winnings…

The Ebor Handicap is the big race of the day, the oldest race in York and the richest flat handicap in Europe.

But what of day three? It was another great outing for our highwayman tipster Dick Turpin where he bagged three winners: Nemoralia and Rivet (both at 15/8), finishing with Arcanada in the last race at a healthy 5/1.

In two of the other three races, Turpin’s place selections took the honours, Barsanti at 5/1 and Quest For More at 9/2.

Today, it’s the big one, let’s see what the old rogue suggests for the Ebor itself, and the highly rated Gimcrack on the final day of the festival meeting…

Turpin writes:

The weather may hold the key today for the featured Ebor Handicap (4.00). My trusty weather app [a piece of seaweed hanging from the back of your tricorn hat, Turps? – Ed] suggests a downpour is more likely than sunshine, with strong winds to take into the mix too.

This will undoubtedly favour Heartbreak City, who performs well on bottomless ground – and we are choosing to ignore a poor showing in the Chester Cup.

Rain will also increase the attractiveness of She’s No Lady who may provide some Longshot value. But if the rain doesn’t come, preference would be for Antiquarium, who walloped Seamour at Newcastle over two miles in June.

It may be the feature race, and it will be a thriller, but it’s best to approach it as a minimum stakes gamble and just enjoy the spectacle.

Turpin’s preference for a big punt comes in the second race (2.15) which promises a fascinating battle between Scottish and Diploma, who both come with not dissimilar form.

But Sir Michael Stoute’s Diploma gets the vote for her proven form in softer ground, and also her proven liking for Knavesmire, having trotted up twice already this season.

In the Gimcrack Stakes (3.25), Turpin’s loot will go confidently on the likely favourite, Blue Point, who impressed with good wins at Doncaster and Nottingham earlier this year.

Being a slightly superstitious type, and with blood red being my favourite colour, might I also mention the distinctly red nature of the opening contest (1.45).

Scarlet Dragon and Dark Red look set to fight it out, but I’ve had a small whisper for Erik The Red too, so Kevin Ryan’s gelding makes it as the Longshot choice.

But I fully expect Frankie Dettori to make it a red letter day on Dark Red to get us off to a red-blooded start.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Dark Red
EW: Scarlet Dragon
Longshot: Erik The Red


Win: Diploma (Nap)
EW: Scottish
Longshot: Custom Cut


Win: Kellstorm
EW: Shraaoh
Longshot: Jaameh


Win: Blue Point (n.b.)
EW: Mubatsim
Longshot: Intelligence Cross


Win: Heartbreak City
EW: Antiquarium
Longshot: She Is No Lady


Win: Final Reckoning
EW: Sutter County
Longshot: Big Time Baby


Win: Lady Macapa
EW: Laughton
Longshot: Midnight Malibu

From August 19, 2016 9.20am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2016, Day 3

The tipsters table, York Races, Friday, August 19, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunTimesGuardianAt The RacesGG.co.ukSporting LifeRacingTips.com
1.55pmStars Over The SeaShakopee (nap)SindarbanBarsantiBarsantiGold PrinceDominadaStars Over The Sea
2.30pmClever CookieClever CookieClever CookieClever CookieQuest For MoreClever CookiePallasatorTrip To Paris
3.05pmNemoralia (nb)Forge (nb)So Beloved (nb)Nemoralia (nb)NemoraliaForgeNemoraliaNemoralia
3.40pmGoldream (nap)Mecca's AngelMecca's Angel (nap)Yalta (nap)GoldreamLimatoProfitable (nap)Profitable
4.20pmRivetRivetStar StreamDance TeacherRivetRivetDance TeacherDance Teacher
4.55pmArcanadaHeir To A ThroneArcanadaArcanadaArcanadaSpruce MeadowsViscount BarfieldBobby Wheeler

It’s day three of the Ebor Festival and a chance to race into the weekend with some winnings in your back pocket.

This thrilling day at York races features the fastest race of the season, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, which often decides the accolade of leading sprinter.

What of our tipster? On day two of the Ebor Firmament (at a juicy 8/1) got Turpin out of trouble. Abingdon‘s comfy win (at 13/8) in the Galtres Stakes left our favourite highwayman walking away from Knavesmire slightly up on the day. Onwards and upwards…

Turpin writes:

My battle with the bookies continues again today (Friday), with the thrilling prospect of a hotly contested 20-runner Nunthorpe Stakes (3.40).

There’s a big argument raging at the moment as to whether the draw genuinely does favour low numbers in the sprints at Knavesmire. For me, the evidence is very strong indeed.

I would never put anyone off backing their fancy from any stall. So, if you can’t decide which one of two or three to select, go low!

Fortunately, my nap selection, Goldream, just happens to be in stall 2. But the experienced seven-year-old winner of the King’s Stand and Prix de l’Abbaye would be the selection wherever he was drawn.

Strong arguments can be made for Profitable, Limato and Easton Angel too. But the Robert Powell-trained gelding is fully expected to give jockey Martin Harley a long-overdue York win.

Longshot choice is Brando, second in the Wokingham where he caught my eye. Any market move for Thirsk trainer Kevin Ryan’s (currently) 16/1 chance should be noted carefully, especially as jockey Tom Eaves will be emerging from stall no 1.

Earlier (3.05) Nemoralia takes on just ten rivals in the City Of York Stakes. This seven-furlong contest looks tailor-made for the ever-popular jockey Jamie Spencer, and I fully expect to be queuing up at the rail for a handy pay-out about 20 seconds before 3.07pm.

I never like to go mad tipping in maiden races, but today, the 4.20 seven-furlong contest looks a good opportunity for Rivet, second on his Ascot debut last month. The experience will have made all the difference.

The unraced Via Serendipity is the overnight favourite, but it’s a tough ask to win on debut at Knavesmire, and Rivet’s little bit of experience may make for an interesting contest, especially as jockey Frankie Dettori loves riding here – and Turpin loves to watch his famous flying dismount.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Stars Over The Sea
Place: Barsanti
Longshot: Gabrial’s King


Win: Clever Cookie
Place: Quest For More
Longshot: Curbyourenthusiasm


Win: Nemoralia (nb)
Place: Librisa Breeze
Longshot: Birchwood


Win: Goldream (nap)
Place: Easton Angel
Longshot: Brando


Win: Rivet
Place: Black Trilby
Longshot: Abiento


Win: Arcanada
Place: Viscount Barfield
Longshot: Manson

From August 18, 2016 10.11 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2016, Day 2

The tipsters table, York Races, Thursday, August 18, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunTimesGuardianAt The RacesGG.co.ukSporting LifeDaily Star
1.55pmDanielsflyerStormy CloudsWedding DressRusumaatDanielsflyerLegendary LunchRainbow MistDanielsflyer
2.30pmFair EvaFair EvaFair EvaFair EvaFair EvaRoly PolyFair EvaRoly Poly (nb)
3.05pmFirmamentMustashryFirmamentAlfred HutchinsonOne Word MoreMustashryMushtashryLat Hawill
3.40pmFoundEndless TimeQueen's Trust (nap)Seventh Heaven (nap)FoundSeventh HeavenFound (Nap)Found
4.20pmAbingdon (nb)To Eternity (nb)AbingdonAbingdon (nb)PandoraTiptreeAbingdonAbingdon
4.55pmHawatifShow Stealer (nap)MustiqueMustiqueHawatifDawaaJadaayilDawaa

Turpin writes:

A bit of a bruising yesterday, folks. Only Idaho came up trumps, as predicted, in the Voltigeur, earning a short-priced 6-4 quote for the St Leger.

Winners should be easier to find at Knavesmire today, with no need to look beyond Fair Eva in the Lowther Stakes (2.30). Short odds undoubtedly, but a winner is a winner.

The race of the day, the Yorkshire Oaks (3.40) promises a fascinating battle for the fillies. One trainer holds the key to unravelling this.

Aidan O’Brien comes four-handed with Found, Even Song, Pretty Perfect and Seventh Heaven – and Turpin is hoping for three of them to fill the top spots – and will be having a crack at the Tricast on that one.

The main danger comes from Queen’s Trust, who was eye-catching ion the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

The Galtres Stakes (4.20) serves up a tantalising 1m4f contest for staying fillies.

Turpin has had a strong word for Sir Michael Stoute’s classy Abingdon, likely favourite after Newbury and Ascot wins already this season, and a creditable second at Newmarket over the same distance last month.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Danielsflyer
Place: Rusumaat
Longshot: Miss Infinity


Win: Fair Eva


Win: Firmament
Place: Third Time Lucky
Longshot: Spark Plug


Win: Found (Nap)
Place: Seventh Heaven
Longshot: Even Song


Win: Abingdon (n.b.)
Place: Twitch
Longshot: To Eternity


Win: Hawatif
Place: Dawaa
Longshot: Opal Tiara

From August 17, 2016 9.40 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2016, Day 1

The tipsters table, York Races, Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunDaily MailTimesGuardianAt The RacesGG.co.uk
1.55pmRobot BoyBowson FredLine Of ReasonLine Of ReasonLine Of ReasonNinjagoBoom The Groom
2.30pmBear ValleyBest Of DaysBest Of DaysBear Valley (nap)Best Of DaysBear ValleyBest Of Days
3.05pmIdaho (nap)IdahoIdahoIdahoIdahoIdahoIdaho
3.40pmHawkbill (nb)Hawkbill (nap)HawkbillDariyanHawkbill (nap)PostponedHawkbill
4.20pmBotany BayOceaneBotany Bay (nap)RennetiHavana Beat (nb)EshtiaalPoyle Thomas
4.55pmMutawathebNaaferNautical HavenThe Wagon Wheel (nb)The Wagon WheelMutawathebThe Wagon Wheel

Turpin writes:

Wednesday’s racing kicks off with a bang and features three great races – the Acomb, Great Voltigeur, and the prestigious Juddmonte Stakes – in a highly competitive six-race card.

I’ve been hiding from the law in the trophy room at Bootham Crescent, safe in the knowledge that it is rarely used, though I’m hoping Jackie McNamara can turn things around this season (good luck with that – Ed).

The highwayman work has dried up somewhat, so I’ve been working on my next money-making scheme… and now I’ve cracked it! A sure fire way of making a profit at Knavesmire every time. A guaranteed winner.

No, not betting on the horses. My plan is to set up a stall selling flip-flops to all those lovely damsels who underestimated just how sore their feet would become in those oh-so-fancy kitten heels they bought for the big day.

At the last meeting, I couldn’t help but notice that more than half the women leaving Knavesmire after the last race were doing so in bare feet, toting their too-tight footwear as they staggered back to Tadcaster Road and Micklegate.

As for making money from the betting… I’ve had a tremendous year so far and am well up on the bookies. But it’s still tough to find a winner when all horse are at their peak in August.

Today my banker is Idaho in the Great Voltigeur (3.05). Sorry, it’s not a great tip. You can, at best, only hope to double your money when J A ‘Seamie’ Heffernan steers the Aidan O’Brien likely favourite safely down the mile and a half course.

But there is nothing else to touch him in this. The only undoing could come if the pace is too slow in the middle stages. But he is a confident Turpin nap.

A much more interesting story will unravel in the Juddmonte feature race (3.40). Whilst we don’t expect a repeat of last year’s Arabian Queen surprise at 50-1, there are at least five of the field of 12 with solid claims.

Topmost among those is the likely favourite, five-year-old Postponed on a four-timer after a great win in Epsom’s Coronation Cup in June. If your heart is set on Postponed, don’t let me put you off.

But Turpin always looks for value, and preference is for six-time winner Hawkbill whose impressive Eclipse victory was enough to convince us that William Buick’s mount has enough in hand to score here at good odds.

The Grey Gatsby and Wings Of Desire both like the Knavesmire track and could be the best of the longer-priced combatants.

Earlier (1.55), I have heard a helpful stable whisper from David Barron’s North Yorkshire stronghold. The man from Maunby may have found the secret to unlock Robot Boy‘s potential.

Will the blinkers do the trick? Turpin thinks so – and at attractive odds too.

See you on Knavesmire. Don’t forget to say hello to me at the stall where you can swap your slingbacks for something a little more comfy.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Robot Boy
Place: Lexington Abbey
Longshot: Bowson Fred


Win: Bear Valley
Place: Best Of Days
Longshot: Lockheed


Win: Idaho (Nap)
Place: Across The Stars
Longshot: The Major General


Win: Hawkbill (n.b.)
Place: Postponed
Longshot: Wings Of Desire


Win: Botany Bay
Place: Poyle Thomas
Longshot: Renneti


Win: Mutawatheb
Place: Kamra
Longshot: Nautical Haven

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase weekend, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, July 23, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorDaily MailTimesGuardianAt The RacesGG.com
2.25pmDew Pond (nb)Saved By The BellDew PondGabrial's KingGabrial's KingArgent KnightDew PondDew Pond
3.00pmFree CodeSwift ApprovalFree CodePredilectionAbove The RestSwift ApprovalSwift ApprovalAtlantic Sun
3.35pmTime TestTime TestTime TestTime TestTime TestTime TestTime TestTime Test
4.10pmKimberellaNinjagoLexington AbbeyNinjagoNinjagoJudicialKimberellaIntisaab
4.45pmSightline (nap)SightlineSightlineSightlineThe BegumSightlineSightlineColonial Classic
5.20pmTahooOrewaEquimouEquimouTahooMasham StarTahooMasham Star

It’s Music Showcase weekend in York, where sport and singing come together in perfect harmony.

At the end of each racecard, punters are entertained by a live concert by a chartbusting band.

On Friday night Kaiser Chiefs did the honours.

Irish fiddling family The Corrs then take to the stage this evening (Saturday, July 23).

But which horses will be top of the pops? Over to the man who knows, YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin…

Turpin writes:

The main event on Saturday, the Sky Bet York Stakes (3.35) looks the easiest to predict, but don’t expect to see much return on your money when Time Test comes cruising home at short odds.

To add some spice to that, pick the Gosden stayer Mahsoob for the forecast.

By far the most interesting contest of the afternoon comes in the fillies race over the same ten furlongs (4.45).

I could make a case for any of the eight runners, but expect this to be battled out between Playful Sound, Mighty Lady, Colonial Classic and Sightline, with the latter proving her Rock Of Gibraltar heritage in a fascinating war of attrition.

Sightline’s stablemate The Begum is not without possibilities too, especially if there is a lack of pace early on.

But Sightline‘s Chester win last month over the extended ten furlongs now looks like form that is too good to be ignored, particularly as second-placed Sharja Queen went on to win at Salisbury this month.

The news from Ralph Beckett’s yard is that Sightline is in ideal condition and their 464-mile round trip from Andover will be a worthwhile investment.

Earlier in the day, Turpin expects his favourite young jockette, Rachel Richardson, to make the most of her 3lb claim and guide Dew Pond to victory in the two-mile handicap (2.25) for shrewd Malton trainer Tim Easterby, who has picked the perfect contest for this improving four-year-old near the bottom of the weights.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Hersigh
Place: Battered
Longshot: Nautical Haven


Win: Dew Pond (n.b.)
Place: Saved By The Bell
Longshot: Swaheen


Win: Free Code
Place: Swift Approval
Longshot: Above The Rest


Win: Time Test


Win: Kimberella
Place: Intisaab
Longshot: Lexington Abbey


Win: Sightline (Nap)
Place: The Begum
Longshot: Mighty Lady


Win: Tahoo
Place: Masham Star
Longshot: Merry Banter

From July 22, 2016 11.54 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase weekend, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, July 22, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
6.00pmCote d'AzurClayton HallThe King's SteedCote D'AzurShufoogClayton HallHaraz
6.30pmField Game (nb)Mon BravApricot SkyField GameArt ObsessionField GameField Game
7.00pmHonourableStar ArcherTommy TaylorMutahaadyTommy TaylorUsed To BeUsed To Be
7.30pmDiploma (nap)BeautyDiplomaPandoraFireglowDiplomaDiploma
8.00pmAlejandroHe's No SaintMuntadabAlejandroHe's No Saint (nap)He's No SaintAlejandro
8.30pmJust GlamorousDiscreet HeroDiscreet HeroJust GlamorousJust GlamorousDiscreet HeroBlack Grass

It’s Music Showcase weekend in York, where sport and singing come together in perfect harmony.

At the end of each racecard, punters are entertained by a live concert by a chartbusting band.

This year Leeds riot-predicters Kaiser Chiefs are set to play on the evening of Friday (July 22). Irish fiddle faddlers The Corrs then take to the stage on Saturday (July 23).

But which horses will be top of the pops? Over to the man who knows, YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin…

Turpin writes:

I predict a winner. Though it’s definitely not a night for big stakes gambling at Knavesmire.

The main event will be Kaiser Chiefs playing their hits about 20 minutes after the last race.

But before that there are six testing races, including the fascinating Lyric Stakes (7.30) and the intriguing Novus Handicap (8.00).

Sir Michael Stoute brings Diploma back to the scene of her May course and distance triumph in an attempt to prove that she is a class act despite the recent setback at Ascot over the sharper mile.

The extra two furlongs will make all the difference and I’m optimistic that her backers will be anything but an angry mob and she will justify Nap status.

The Novus (8.00) is a much trickier contest, but Turpin has strong advice that the Nolan/ O’Meara charge, Alejandro, has been doing everything asked of him at home, and he will prevail at a decent price.

Twice a winner in 2014, and somewhat below the radar last season, the time is right now, especially after an eye-catching performance at Carlisle last time.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Cote d’Azur
Place: Shufoog
Longshot: Clayton Hall


Win: Field Game (n.b)
Place: Signore Piccolo
Longshot: Apricot Sky


Win: Honourable
Place: Tommy Taylor
Longshot: Mutahaady


Win: Diploma (Nap)
Place: Fireglow
Longshot: Oakley Girl


Win: Alejandro
Place: He’s No Saint
Longshot: Muntadab


Win: Just Glamorous
Place: Geno
Longshot: East Street Revue

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s meeting 2016, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, July 9, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
1.55pmDundunahTimeless FlightStarlight RomanceDundunahDundunahDundunahDundunah
2.25pmThe Cashel Man (nb)The Cashel ManMagic Circle (nb)MonotypeThe Cashel ManThe Cashel ManMonotype
3.00pmOne Word MoreOne More WordFirmamentFirmamentOne Word MoreSwift EmperorGabrialʼs Kaka
3.40pmQuest For MoreBarsantiQuest For MoreQuest For MoreQuest For MoreQuest For MoreBarsanti
4.15pmOasis Fantasy (nap)AzraffCarry On DeryckCarry On Deryck (nb)ArthenusCarry On DeryckTawdeea
4.50pmEaston AngelMuthmirMarshaMuthmirOut DoKachyEaston Angel
5.20pmFayezIn First PlaceFayezFayezCuppacoffeeFayezIn First Place

It’s John Smith’s day at Knavesmire and YorkMix tipster and man-about-town Dick Turpin is all set to bash the bookies again.

[Though a measly one winner yesterday (at 6/5) was hardly anything to write home about, Dick… Ed]

Turpin writes:

All the pointers today are that Carry On Deryck will justify likely favouritism in the John Smith’s Cup.

But this 10-furlong spectacular is known for throwing up extraordinary results. Carry On Deryck’s Ascot failure is being attributed to a poor field position, opting for the wrong side of the track.

But even if the Mulrenan / bin Suroor partnership get it right this time, there is a host of others that can claim the £124,000 crown.

Uppermost on Turpin’s list is Oasis Fantasy who impressed last time at York, and looks the value bet of the day (though e.w. is advised).

Of the rest, Tawdeea, Revolutionist, Basem and Elbereth appeal most.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Dundunah
Place: Timeless Flight
Longshot: Horrob


Win: The Cashel Man (n.b)
Place: Galizzi
Longshot: Corona Borealis


Win: One Word More
Place: Gabrial’s Kaka
Longshot: Ghalib


Win: Quest For More
Place: Seamour
Longshot: Curbyourenthusiasm


Win: Oasis Fantasy (Nap)
Place: Tawdeea
Longshot: Revolutionist


Win: Easton Angel
Place: Kachy
Longshot: Marsha


Win: Fayez
Place: Champion Harbour
Longshot: Franca Florio

From Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s meeting 2016, Day 1 9.21am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s meeting 2016, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, July 8, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.20pmRosebride (nb)RosebrideRosebrideMerry BanterVonaRosebrideRosebride
2.55pmThesme (nap)BogartEl AstronauteFredrickaCelebrationThesmeThesme
3.30pmFlyboyFlyboyDe Veer CliffsDe Veer CliffsFlyboy (nap)De Veer CliffsIstanbul Bey
4.00pmBesharahLa RiojaMayfair LadyMayfair Lady (nap)Mayfair LadyBesharahMayfair Lady
4.30pmCentral SquareCentral SquareYorkiddingCentral SquareCentral SquareCentral SquareCentral Square
5.05pmTawdheefTawdheefQuick 'n' QuirklyQuick 'n' QuirklyDawaaTawdheefCompany Asset

It’s a two-day party at York Racecourse, as the John Smith’s Cup meeting hits town.

It features the richest-ever running of the John Smith’s Cup on Saturday with a cool £200K up for grabs.

So who to back? Over to YorkMix‘s very own tipster…

Turpin writes:

Hi everyone, I would have got here a bit earlier, but Black Bess insisted on making her way to the YorkMix office by detouring down Stonegate to see what had been done about the asphalt street repairs that clogged up her hooves last time we were in town.

Pleased to report that the black stuff has gone, to be replaced by stone once again. She wasn’t too sure about the perfect symmetry of the slab-laying team.

We’re not used to straight lines in York, and it was a bit disconcerting for the edgy equine. Turpin will reserve judgement until the stones have bedded in. So he will probably pass comment on them around 2116.

It’s Summer Stakes day at Knavesmire on Friday (July 8), the ideal curtain-raiser to the Saturday’s spectacular John Smith’s Cup.

The main race (4.00) promises a good battle between the fillies over a sharp six furlongs with connections expecting Mayfair Lady to do well, but Divine’s recent Curragh win, and La Rioja’s eye-catching performance in the Commonwealth Cup, both merit consideration.

Turpin, however, likes the word coming from the Haggas stables that last year’s Lowther winner, Besharah, is flying at home, after a good showing in the French 1000 Guineas.

Nap selection goes to Thesme in the day’s most competitive handicap, the fascinating 19-runner third race (2.55). Nigel Tinkler’s ‘top weight’ impressed Turpin at the Dante meeting, and this outing looks tailor-made for success.

Jockey Rachel Richardson always does well for the Malton yard and her claim gives a very useful 5lb pull over the brisk five furlongs. Strong competition comes from Fredricka, Celebration, Excessible, and Turpin’s longshot suggestion, Bogart.

Next best selection is Rosebride, in the 2.20 seven-runner nursery over five furlongs.

She ran a little green on her debut at Leicester but still managed an encouraging second to Pretty Vacant, and when she followed up with a comfy victory at Ripon last month she earned a three-star rating in Turpin’s notebook.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Naafer
Place: Rubiesnpearls
Longshot: Fashion Queen


Win: Rosebride (n.b.)
Place: Vona
Longshot: Merry Banter


Win: Thesme (Nap)
Place: Celebration
Longshot: Bogart


Win: Flyboy
Place: De Veer Cliffs
Longshot: Berlusca


Win: Besharah
Place: La Rioja
Longshot: Mayfair Lady


Win: Central Square
Place: Argus
Longshot: Top Tug


Win: Tawdheef
Place: Company Asset
Longshot: Dawaa

A note from Turpin about betting

Whether you are going to Knavesmire or just popping down to your local turf accountant, don’t make the mug-punter mistake of betting to a level stake across all races.

Bookies love to hear punters say, “I’m going to have a pound on every race”. In the long run, it is almost impossible to come out ahead.

It’s how they make their money. Think on that when you’re wearing out your shoe leather plodding back to town via Micklegate or Bishy Road as the bookies flash by in their Daimlers and Bentleys.

To stand a chance, Turpin reckons, you need to pick the two (or three) races in which you have most confidence in your selection, then place a disproportionately large amount of your betting money on those selections, with tiny nominal amounts on the remaining races.

At the very least, you will lose no more than if you had played the losers’ level stakes game. And a win from just one of your main selections should be enough to pay for your day.

If you bet level stakes, on average, you would need to pick two or three winners in a seven-race card just to come out even.

So, today, for example, Turpin will be placing 40-50 per cent of his betting money on his nap selection (2.55: Thesme) with 20-25 per cent going on his next best (2.20: Rosebride).

The remaining 25-40 per cent of his pot will be split equally between the other five races (5 – 8 per cent of his stash on each of the other races).

As with all betting (and tipping) there can be no guarantees, but this ‘differential staking’ plan ensures an interest in every race, and a welcome boost when you do get the big decisions right. 


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the June meeting 2016, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, June 11, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.comRacing Post
1.50pmNayelOceaneYorkiddingTapis LibreNayelNayelNayelYorkidding
2.25pmThat Is The Spirit (Nap)Secret HintWithernseaWithernseaSecret HintFelix LeiterWithernseaLincoln
3.00pmMutakayyef (NB)MuwaaryYou’re FiredMindurownbusinessMutakayyefMutakayyefMuwaaryMutakayyef
3.35pmDancing StarIkerrin RoadAclaimDancing StarDancing Star (nb)AclaimUdontdodouUdontdodou
4.10pmNormandy KnightPurple RockTerhaalNormandy KnightCorreggioNonchalantJacbequickEurystheus
4.45pmNautical HavenFinal ReckoningCajmereJacquardJacquardJacquardJacquardJacquard
5.20pmIntisaabMon BravEscalatingBop ItCanyariEscalatingIntisaabCanyari

He’s the highwayman tipster who has proved to be the scourge of the bookies at Knavesmire.

But what’s this? The usually ebullient Dick Turpin is in remarkably subdued mood about his prospects of giving the turf accountants a whacking at Saturday’s Charity Sprint day (June 11). Even a strong tip about a major gamble has not lifted his spirits.

Under cover of darkness, he clattered into the city centre on Black Bess, with the following note firmly wedged into a cleft stick which he threw in through the open window of YorkMix‘s editorial department high up in an eyrie overlooking Shambles.

Turpin writes:

Racing enthusiasts are in for a true spectacle of the sport of kings on Saturday, but it is with a heavy heart that I say the same will not be true for those of us for whom the wagering is the main attraction.

Three of the races will be the proverbial cavalry charge, each with 20 runners declared (3.35, 4.10 and 5.20). Virtually impossible to pick a winner.

Make no mistake, these will be eye-catching events, but for the hardened gamblers, there are just too many variables to take into account, and I will be placing very modest stakes.

Though I have heard excellent encouraging reports of Andrew Balding’s Dancing Star, going for a three-timer in the showpiece event at 3.35.

My main interest of the day lies in the 2.25, seven-furlong handicap. Using my usual assessment methods, I should happily be advising a modest investment in Felix Leiter, on the basis of a nice win at Lingfield over the same distance, or Richard Fahey’s Withernsea, an impressive second at Haydock last time, or even Mujassam, all with excellent claims.

But then the carrier pigeon arrives from David O’Meara’s Helmsley yard with freshest advices from someone who can not be named.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Nayel
Place: Oceane
Longshot: Mistiroc


Win: That Is The Spirit (Nap)
Place: Felix Leiter
Longshot: Lincoln


Win: Mutakayyef (NB)
Place: Mindurownbusiness
Longshot: You’re Fired


Win: Dancing Star
Place: Udontdodou
Longshot: Riflescope


Win: Normandy Knight
Place: Trinity Star
Longshot: Auspicion


Win: Nautical Haven
Place: Jacquard
Longshot: Final Reckoning


Win: Intisaab
Place: Mon Brav
Longshot: Rich Again

The scrawled message advises against those obvious choices, recommending me to look closely at That Is The Spirit. The five-year-old gelding is a previous course and distance winner, and has three other York victories to his name.

But that’s the past, and his eleventh out of 12 runners reappearance here 21 days ago quite simply failed to impress. My snout assures me that he always needs a first outing and his second run, as last year, will blow away those preconceptions, especially now David Nolan is in the saddle.

The bookies don’t think much of him either, with overnight quotes of 10-1 or more. So what does Turpin do? The form? Or the information?

He does what he always does, and goes Nap on the ‘outsider’. Information is information, and he sniffs a betting coup.

Mutakayyef (3.00) is taken to finally make his mark after connections have shown such faith in this handsome son of Sea The Stars.

From June 10, 2016 9.36 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the June meeting 2016, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, June 10, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.00pmFranca FlorioComputableComputableComputableDundunahComputableComputableFranca FlorioRubiesnpearls
2.35pmPandoraForgotten HeroPandoraDarringtonMuhaafizMuhaafizForgotten HeroPandoraForgotten Hero
3.10pmMajor Cornwallis (NB)MelaniemillieZebspearBaltic BeauMajor CornwallisMelaniemillieMajor CornwallisNazikZebspear
3.45pmNormandy BarriereRegal DanRegal DanBig TimeBig TimeBig Time (nap)Regal DanNormandy BarriereNormandy Barriere
4.20pmGiddyMehronissaAlqubbahTumblewindMayfair Lady (nap)MehronissaGiddyAlqubbahMehronissa
4.50pmSign Of A Victory (Nap)Sign Of A VictorySign Of A VictoryShrewdSign Of A VictorySign Of A VictorySign Of A VictorySign Of A VictorySign Of A Victory
5.20pmKipI Am Not HereKipItlaaqKipKipKip (nap)ViserionTamayuz Magic

It’s little wonder that YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin hasn’t been seen in the city since his unprecedented tipping performance at the last Knavesmire meeting.

Five winners in one day was a money-making triumph. Three Win selections, and two Longshots made it first past the post for Turpin to have his best-ever day at the track.

Word reaches us that he is relaxing with underworld pals on Hispaniola for much of the summer, with occasional returns to God’s own county to glean the gossip from the county’s training yards.

His latest parchment of tips for Friday (June 10) has just arrived at the YorkMix office. Here’s what our roguish highwayman has to say…

Turpin writes:

Just my luck to go elsewhere in search of summer sun when I hear it’s a heatwave back home. But I’be buried my booty from the last meeting and I’m staying put here for the time being – though I still have good information for you.

I have had a very strong word from my spies at Nicky Henderson’s Lambourn yard. Not usually my patch, Berkshire, too many soft southerners for my liking.

And Nicky’s more of a jumps man usually, but they have great faith in the well-named Sign Of A Victory in the 1m 6f handicap for four-year-olds and upwards (4.50).

This impressive hurdler was awkwardly positioned when favourite at Ascot last month, and his fifth place was commendable under the circumstances. Jamie Spencer won’t let that happen again, and this pair get the Nap vote.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Franca Florio
Place: Computable
Longshot: Rubiesnpearls


Win: Pandora
Place: Laurence
Longshot: Novelty Seeker


Win: Major Cornwallis (NB)
Place: Melaniemillie
Longshot: Zebspear


Win: Normandy Barriere
Place: Big Time
Longshot: Alejandro


Win: Giddy
Place: Mehronissa
Longshot: Alqubbah


Win: Sign Of A Victory (Nap)
Place: Two Jabs
Longshot: Swaheen


Win: Kip
Place: I Am Not Here
Longshot: Itlaaq

In the six-furlong sprint (3.10), Major Cornwallis gets the Turpin seal of approval too. The Hanagan/Fahey charge impressed on debut. Finishing fifth at Haydock, there was enough in the performance to suggest the gelding learnt much from the experience.

The extra distance here should make all the difference, and he is my sporting ‘next-best’ selection to beat the likely favourite Melaniemillie.

If I could have a second Nap choice, it would be for Normandy Barriere in the 3.45 handicap over seven furlongs.

This good-looking Rock Of Gibraltar descendant looks to be at the start of a tremendous summer run of victories, clearly signposted by a gutsy win at Ascot last month.

The 5lb penalty for that performance is a slight concern, but I don’t think the handicapper has got remotely close to pegging him back yet.

Take it carefully today. I’m not expecting a flurry of long-priced winners, and it looks as if you won’t go far wrong just backing favourites and second favourites.

That’s not the case on Saturday, and I’ve heard a whisper about a betting coup that I plan to stand and deliver to my loyal followers.


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Meeting 2016, Day 3

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, May 13, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.20pmUdontdodouCurtain CallJust That LordJust That LordJust That LordJust That LordUdontdodouPaddy Power
2.55pmBoater (NB)TwizzellStormy CloudsBoaterAmlakStormy CloudsBoaterStormy Clouds
3.30pmNemoraliaThetisThetisThetis (nb)NemoraliaThetisNemoraliaNemoralia
4.05pmClever Cookie (Nap)Second StepFlying OfficerCurbyourenthusiasmFlying OfficerClever CookieSecond StepFlying Officer
4.40pmTop TugBarsanti (nap)CroquemboucheInnocent TouchBarsantiFire FightingOasis FantasyBarsanti
5.10pmAzagalSecret HintAzagalAzagalAzagalSecret HintAzagalLavetta
5.40pmGawdawpalinWest DriveNietzscheWalsingham GrangeWest DriveWest DriveWest DriveSecond Serve

Day Two of the Dante meeting was another brilliant day for YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin.

In the seven-race card, our favourite highwayman selected three first-choice winners, all at juicy odds: Beautiful Romance (5/1), Easton Angel (100/30) and Admiralty Arch (14/1).

But that’s not all, the masked man included two Longshot selection winners, scoring at decent prices: Duke of Firenze (10/1) and Wings of Desire (9/1).

He was last seen heading towards the Pig And Pastry in Bishy Road, wheeling the barrowloads of cash he extricated (legally) from the bookies’ satchels.

So, what does Tip-top tipster Turpin reckon for the final day of the meeting?

Turpin writes:

You won’t hear me say this often, as I am not known as a cautious man. Not that I am superstitious, but it will be hard to pick a single winner from this Friday the 13th card.

So I shall be saving most of my hard-earned winnings from the first two days at Knavesmire, and wagering very modestly indeed.

In the second race (2.55), I love the look of both Mark Johnston’s Boater and Richard Hannon’s Stormy Clouds, and can’t see anything else breaking them up.

Boater gets the vote on the strength of her impressive Kempton debut win in March, but Stormy Clouds is a likely improver and will make this a real thriller.

Flying Officer and Second Step will be all the rage for the 4.05, but I am relying on the addition of headgear to Clever Cookie to do the trick and bring Danny Tudhope home at a decent price.

But remember, after the thrill of the Musidora and the Dante, Friday is definitely a much more local affair, and caution is advised.

“Come on, Turps, aren’t you going to stick your neck out a bit? Sorry, a bit insensitive, I could have phrased that better. – Ed.”

All right, all right, I wasn’t going to say anything.

But I have heard a little whisper from the Johnston yard that the consistent Fire Fighting (4.40) is ready to atone for a modest performance at Chester, and will bounce back to form, even though he’s carrying top weight in a very competitive 12-furlong handicap.

But with Frankie Dettori aboard, he could represent the long-odds value of the day.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Udontdodou
EW: Just That Lord
Longshot: Curtain Call


Win: Boater (nb)
EW: Stormy Clouds
Longshot: Twizzell


Win: Nemoralia
EW: Czabo
Longshot: Aljuljalah


Win: Clever Cookie (Nap)
EW: Flying Officer
Longshot: Curbyourenthusiasm


Win: Top Tug
EW: Oasis Fantasy
Longshot: Fire Fighting


Win: Azagal
EW: Secret Hint
Longshot: Lavetta


Win: Gawdawpalin
EW: Shoofly
Longshot: Sporty Yankee

From May 12, 2016 10.03 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Meeting 2016, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Thursday, May 12, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.10pmBrandoShamshonArctic FeelingDesert LawRoyal Birth (nb)Red BaronBrandoBrando
2.40pmBeautiful RomanceJourneySpeedy BoardingCrystal ZvezdaJourney (nap)JourneyJourneyJourney
3.15pmMidterm (NB)Victory BondMidtermMidterm (nb)DeauvilleMidtermMidtermMidterm
3.45pmThird Time LuckyLord Of The LandAlfred HutchinsonMaster The WorldDonnchaThird Time LuckyExpress HimselfThird Time Lucky
4.15pmRah RahAreenRah RahLady MacapaLady MacapaAreenExistExist
4.45pmAdmiralty ArchGulliverMasham StarMasham StarTafaakhorTafaakhorThorntonTafaakhor
5.20pmAlphabetical Order (Nap)Alphabetical OrderHidden JusticeSisyphusAlphabetical OrderAlphabetrical OrderCardinal WalterMatorico

So, how did Turpin do on Day One of the Dante meeting?

The old highwayman was last seen strolling purposefully away from Knavesmire in search of somewhere to stash his gains.

As ever with the old boy, his Longshots performed very well indeed. Bolstered by the fact that both his Nap and Next Best selections won too.

In the first, Nayel (Turpin’s longshot) trotted up at a healthy 12/1, just pipping his main selection Pacify into second.

See The Sun, (Turpin’s e.w. choice in the second race) obliged at a very healthy 9/1, and the highwayman’s moneybags were starting to bulge, ladies!

His confident selections in the third and fourth (Next Best and Nap) did the business, thanks to Frankie Dettori, Magical Memory storming home at 5/2, and the Oaks contender, So Mi Dar, winning at a tighter 4/5.

Fifth race selection Monteverdi made the frame at 13/2, while the e.w. choice, Castle Harbour won at 9/2. In the sixth, the selection (Logi, at a generous 9/1) managed third place.

And in the final event, his Longshot, Two Jabs, made the frame at very pleasing 16/1, real value for e.w. backers, in a race won by Turpin’s second selection, Appeared at 5/1.

All in all, a tremendous first day. We can’t expect this performance every time, but if you bump into the mystery man the drinks are definitely on him.

Day 2 tips

All eyes will be on Derby favourite Midterm today for the feature race of the meeting, the Betfred Dante Stakes (3.15).

A comfortable win over a mile at Newbury last term caught the eye as the offspring of Galileo left 16 rivals in his wake. The step up to ten furlongs, today’s distance, at Sandown proved little trouble last month and augurs well for his Knavesmire debut.

It’s hard to see anything getting in the way of Sir Michael Stoute’s charge, with Deauville (Moore/O’Brien) and Foundation (Buick/Gosden) the main threats in a contest that should be run at a true pace.

YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin has heard good reports of Gosden’s other runner, Wings of Desire (Dettori). The Pivotal offspring looks the each-way / longshot value.

You’ll have to stay to the last race (5.20) for Turpin’s bet of the day. Alphabetical Order is the Tudhope-O’Meara hope for a four-timer, and our favourite highwayman makes it a confident choice.

The biggest cheer would come if old Knavesmire favourite Alfred Hutchinson could repeat last year’s triumph in the Hambleton Stakes (3.45). The mile contest looks a tough ask for the 14-1 shot this time; but that’s what everyone thought last year when he was 20-1!

David Nolan would have to extract every last ounce of courage from the eight-year-old to get past Third Time Lucky, Hors De Combat, and Always Smile, who Turpin expects to see battling it out close home.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Brando
EW: Arctic Feeling
Longshot: Duke of Firenze


Win: Beautiful Romance
EW: Journey
Longshot: Ballybacka Queen


Win: Midterm (NB)
EW: Foundation
Longshot: Wings of Desire


Win: Third Time Lucky
EW: Hors de Combat
Longshot: Alfred Hutchinson


Win: Rah Rah
EW: Easton Angel
Longshot: Exist


Win: Admiralty Arch
EW: Tafaakhor
Longshot: Masham Star


Win: Alphabetical Order (Nap)
EW: Cardinal Walter
Longshot: Hidden Justice

From May 11, 2016 10.41 am

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Dante Meeting 2016, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.10pmPacifySpanish SqueezeSpanish SqueezeOff ArtPacifyHit The JackpotSpanish Squeeze (nb)PacifyErik The Red
2.40pmHoof ItSee The SunHoof ItSee The SunGlen MossHoof ItBogart (nap)Flaming SpearFlaming Spear
3.15pmMagical Memory (NB)Magical MemoryMagical MemoryMagical MemoryMagical MemoryTwilight SonTwilight SonMagical MemoryMagical Memory
3.45pmSo Mi Dar (nap)FireglowSo Mi DarSo Mi DarSo Mi DarSo Mi DarSo Mi DarBest In The WorldSo Mi Dar
4.20pmMonteverdiEqleemChief WhipReplenishReplenishChief Whip (nap)Abe LincolnCastle HarbourCastle Harbour
4.50pmLogiThe Nazca LinesKananeeKananeeKananeeComputableHemingwayIn First PlaceKananee
5.20pmCraggaknockAppearedMuhaafizCarthageMuhaafizAppearedMuhaafizAppearedPrendergast Hill

At last it’s the Dante meeting and we are racing again on Knavesmire.

The three-day (Wed to Fri) seasonal curtain-raiser at the north’s finest racecourse promises a thrilling tussle in tomorrow’s feature race, one of the strongest pointers to the Epsom Derby.

But today YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin is focusing on the fillies in the Musidora Stakes (3.45), regarded as one of the best trials for the Oaks.

The relatively small field – likely to be seven – is bursting with class.

Turpin writes:

I’m putting my shirt on John Gosden’s twice-raced So Mi Dar. Frankie Dettori is aboard his confident choice to make this daughter of Dubawi a three-race-three-wins gal to watch this season.

Middleham superstar trainer Mark Johnston comes with a strong team. But longshot fans may like to know that there’s a quiet word for Hawatif, one of the lesser lights of the yard, in the seven-furlong Conundrum HR Consulting Handicap (4.20).

Joe Fanning’s mount got going late to finish second in a six-furlong all-weather affair at Lingfield last month. The winner, Exist, was not troubled, with four lengths to spare, but the extra furlong at York and some excellent work at home hints at a decent outside chance for value-seekers.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Pacify
Place: Revolutionist
Longshot: Nayel


Win: Hoof It
Place: See The Sun
Longshot: Flaming Spear


Win: Magical Memory (NB)
Place: Twilight Son
Longshot: Maatmu


Win: So Mi Dar (Nap)
Place: Best In The World
Longshot: Promising Run


Win: Monteverdi
Place: Castle Harbour
Longshot: Hawatif


Win: Logi
Place: Kananee
Longshot: The Nazca Lines


Win: Craggaknock
Place: Appeared
Longshot: Two Jabs


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2015, Day 4

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, August 22, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.00pmMondialisteTop Notch Tonto (nb)GabrialTop Notch TontoTop Notch TontoMondialisteMondialisteMondialiste
2.35pmHernandoshideawayWonder LaishYorkiddingAl (nap)HernandoshideawayKing BoleteHernandoshideawayWonder Laish
3.10pmAjaya (nb)King Of Rooks (nap)Steady PaceAjayaOde To EveningAjayaFinneganBuratino
3.45pmFields Of Athenry (nap)Quick JackWadi Al HattawiNearly CaughtClondaw WarriorAjman Bridge (nap)Fields Of AthenryFields Of Athenry
4.20pmOrnateOrnateRouleauOrnateOrnate (nap)Ornate (nap)OrnateOrnate
4.55pmMunaaserEarth DrummerElhaamePacifyPolar ForestEarth DrummerMunaaserEarth Drummer
5.25pmScent Of SummerHandsome DudeHandsome DudeForeign DiplomatOlivia FallowScent Of SummerLightscameraactionImtiyaaz

Three thrilling days of racing at Knavesmire already this week. Now here comes a fourth, with the Betfred Ebor handicap and the Gimcrack Stakes as the centrepieces.

YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin is hoping to round off the festival in fine style, having scooped the Placepot on Wednesday (with his Win and Place selections through the card), and scored five from six in the Placepot on Thursday and Friday.

Turpin writes:

The big buzz today surrounds Finnegan, likely favourite in the Gimcrack (3.10). I hesitate to put anyone off backing the American flying machine.

But his withdrawal at Royal Ascot (colic) was a worry, and though he should be back to full fitness today, there remains a lingering question mark over him.

I prefer to side with the stable of the week, William Haggas, to provide a good price winner in Ajaya, mightily impressive recently in a very narrow defeat in a French Group 2 race.

For the Ebor itself (3.45) I really like the look of Astronereus and Fields Of Athenry. Astronereus impressed here last month over the same distance and should be in the frame.

But I have to side with Fields Of Athenry, Aidan O’Brien’s well-bred Galileo colt. Some good performances in Ireland have already made him a hot property for the St Leger next month, and this 1m 6f looks well within his grasp.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Mondialiste
Place: Convey
Longshot: Gabrial


Win: Hernandoshideaway
Place: King Bolete
Longshot: Antiquarium


Win: Ajaya (n.b.)
Place: Buratino
Longshot: Raucous


Win: Fields Of Athenry (nap)
Place: Astronereus
Longshot: Wadi Al Hattawi


Win: Ornate
Place: Riflescope


Win: Munaaser
Place: Roseberg
Longshot: Off Art


Win: Scent Of Summer
Place: Moonraker
Longshot: Lightscameraction

From August 21, 2015

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2015, Day 3

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, August 21, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
1.55pmMemorial DayCurbyourenthusiasmPenhillChanceryMistiroc (nap)Top TugMighty YarCurbyourenthusiasimChancery
2.30pmClever CookieTac de BoistronBig Orange (nb)Big OrangeClever CookieMax DynamiteClever CookieMizzouBig Orange
3.05pmSo Beloved (nb)FadhayyilFadhayyil (nap)Short SqueezeFadhayyilBossy GuestSo Beloved (nb)So BelovedSo Beloved
3.40pmMuthmir (nap)AcapulcoMuthmirMuthmirAcapulco (nb)Acapulco (nap)MuthmirMecca's AngelAcapulco
4.20pmVery TalentedPalmetto DunesAmber MystiquePalmetto DunesMansonVery TalentedBeautiful MorningVery TalentedAmber Mystique
4.55pmMaster Of IronySahaafyTalyaniAshridge LadRifle RangeTalyani (nb)Get KnottedTalyaniMaster Of Irony

It’s Nunthorpe day at Knavesmire, and it promises to live up to its reputation as Yorkshire’s fastest cavalry charge.

But on a day of huge fields, with nearly every race having 20 runners, picking just one winner will be a tough task.

Considering how he met his end, it was perhaps a little tactless for YorkMix to ask our tipster Dick Turpin to stick his neck out and pick a winner in the six-furlong feature race. But we did anyway.

Turpin writes:

You can make out a good case for at least eight of this year’s Nunthorpe runners. Mecca’s Angel, Sole Power, Mattmu and Goldream all come to mind.

But I expect the winner to be either Acapulco or the very exciting Muthmir. Acapulco’s Royal Ascot performance rightly will place her as favourite today.

But it’s a big ask for a two-year-old to triumph in the Nunthorpe. This big field, and the fast-changing going makes that task even harder, so I am siding with Goodwood winner Muthmir in the belief that the five-year-old gelding’s greater experience will count for more.

Trainer William Haggas has had an exceptional Ebor meeting so far, and I fully expect Paul Hanagan to bring Muthmir home safely – at a pretty good price too.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Memorial Day
Place: Top Tug
Longshot: Chancery


Win: Clever Cookie
Place: Mizzou


Win: So Beloved (nb)
Place: Fadhayyil
Longshot: Tanzeel


Win: Muthmir (nap)
Place: Acapulco
Longshot: Goldream


Win: Very Talented
Place: Amber Mystique
Longshot: Manson


Win: Master Of Irony
Place: Talyani
Longshot: Ashridge Lad

From August 20, 2015

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2015, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Thursday, August 20, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailTelegraphAt The RacesGG.com
1.55pmMr LuptonTasleetTasleet (nap)TasleetDeliziaTasleetTasleetProjectionTasleetTasleet
2.30pmLumiere (nb)BesharaAshadihan (nb)BesharahQuiet Reflection (nap)LumiereEaston AngelQuiet ReflectionLumiereLumiere
3.05pmHe's No SaintChil The KiteYou're FiredAlfred HutchinsonYou’re Fired (nb)You're Fired (nb)Mange AllWestern ReserveWestern ReserveMusaddas
3.40pmCovert Love (nap)Covert LoveCovert LoveJack NaylorCovert LoveSea CalisiCovert LoveCovert LoveLady Of DubaiCovert Love
4.20pmSuffusedSuffusedBright ApproachDesert SnowKooraJordan PrincessSuffusedMartletBright ApproachJordan Princess
4.55pmSpangledSpangledSpangledDusky QueenSpangledSpangled (nap)Dusky Queen (nap)SpangledMistrustingMistrusting

In the end, as predicted, the Juddmonte was a thrilling race. But, not quite the thrill YorkMix’s tipster Dick Turpin predicted!

The withdrawal of Gleneagles due to the softer ground turned out to be a wise decision. The prolonged overnight rain also accounted for Golden Horn’s chances.

The final battle did not feature the disappointing Time Test; instead it was the outsider Arabian Queen (her chances having been casually dismissed by Dick) and the hot favourite Derby-winning Golden Horn battling it out to the line.

The 50-1 shot prevailed by a neck, with Frankie Dettori’s favourite briefly heading the eventual winner in the final furlong, but failing to hold on against the athletic filly.

But was our Dick deterred? Not at all. If you followed his tips yesterday, you would still have had a great day.

With winners in the second, third and fifth races (Recorder 4/1; Storm The Stars 3/1; Heartbreak City 7/1) Turpin outshone all his rivals in the national press.

Today, it’s down to earth with a bump for dastardly Dick.

Our tame highwayman writes:

The Yorkshire Oaks (3.40) looks tailor-made for Hugo Palmer’s Covert Love, looking for a five-timer, the impressive filly has already seen off both Jack Naylor and Curvy at the Curragh last month.

That pair look the likely rivals again today, with France’s Sea Calisi something of an interesting unknown quantity.

Meanwhile, I hear a strong stable word for Lumiere in the Lowther Stakes 6f sprint.

The Mark Johnston flying filly looks set to justify favourite status. In the last (4.55) Roger Varian’s Spangled looks set to get the better of the promising Mistrusting.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Mr Lupton
Place: Orvar
Longshot: Projection


Win: Lumiere (nb)
Place: Besharah


Win: He’s No Saint
Place: Musaddas
Longshot: Chil The Kite


Win: Covert Love (nap)
Place: Sea Calisi
Longshot: Jack Naylor


Win: Suffused
Place: Bright Approach
Longshot: Martlet


Win: Spangled
Place: Mistrusting
Longshot: Secret Hint

From August 19, 2015

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2015, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailTelegraphAt The RacesGG.com
1.55pmDutch MasterpieceBogartBogartArctic FeelingHighland AcclaimIndescribableDesert LawBogartDutch MasterpieceHuntsmans Close
2.30pmRecorder (nb)AdventurousCymric (nap)Lieutenant GeneralBing Bang Bong (nap)AdventurousMohabLieutenant General (nb)RecorderLieutenant General
3.05pmStorm The StarsStorm The StarsBondi BeachBondi BeachStorm The StarsTashaarGiovanni CanalettoTashaarTashaarStorm The Stars
3.40pmGolden Horn (nap)Golden HornGolden HornThe Grey GatsbyTime TestGolden HornGolden HornGolden HornGolden HornGolden Horn
4.20pmHeartbreak CityBig ThunderBig ThunderSaved By The BellCardinal Palace (nb)Heartbreak City (nb)Saved By The BellHighland CastleHeartbreak CityBig Thunder
4.55pmWhitmanWhitmanDark DefenderDark DefenderDark DefenderQuick N QuirkyShawaahid (nap)Quick N QuirkyTawwaaqWhitman

It’s hard to imagine a better race anywhere in the world this year than the drama we are likely to see unfold at Knavesmire shortly after 3.40 on Wednesday afternoon (August 19), writes YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin.

The 1m 2f Juddmonte International Stakes is the highlight of the meeting, attracting a world-class field attempting to take on this year’s Derby winner, Golden Horn.

The Epsom victor will undoubtedly be a warm favourite, and is Turpin’s selection too.

But, even in the capable hands of Frankie Dettori, the John Gosden-trained superstar colt might not have everything going his way.

The recent heavy rain raises at least one serious question-mark, and may offer hope for backers looking for a decent-priced rival to support.

But the appearance of Dick Doughtywylie is confirmation that Gosden is taking nothing for granted, as Golden Horn’s stablemate is taking part only as a pacemaker.

Apart from Dick Doughtywylie, Turpin is safely eliminating the filly Arabian Queen from consideration, after failing to impress at Goodwood.

Trainer David Hayes’ Criterion, a New Zealand colt, is a something of an unknown quantity, but the scant form suggests competing at Group 1 level will be beyond him.

Too much to do

Turpin is also excluding Aidan O’Brien’s Cougar Mountain from consideration, with just too much to do against a field that includes the season’s superstars.

O’Brien’s other runner, Gleneagles, with son Joseph on board, is a different proposition altogether. The dual 2,000 Guineas winner has an outstanding chance, and any misjudgement by Frankie could see him triumph.

Last year’s runner-up, The Grey Gatsby, a Knavesmire regular for local trainer Kevin Ryan, has already been well beaten by Golden Horn, and only his familiarity with the track, and the unknown factor of the going, gives him any real shout of a chance.

Easily the most interesting rival to the selection is Roger Charlton’s Time Test, whose stunning Royal Ascot win puts him in with a real chance.

But Turpin’s friends at the stable report that there’s a real buzz that their charge might lift the £518,000 prize.

Dettori was also clearly impressed by Time Test’s performance, but the former champion jockey will have to make some serious errors if his Golden Horn is to finish anything other than a couple of lengths ahead of the field.

By the time Frankie is lining up for the Juddmonte, it’s not inconceivable that he could be looking for a four-timer.

He has genuinely good prospects in the first three races too with Lucky Beggar, Recorder (nb), and Tashaar.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Dutch Masterpiece
Place: Highland Acclaim
Longshot: Lucky Beggar


Win: Recorder (nb)
Place: Adventurous


Win: Storm The Stars
Place: Tashaar


Win: Golden Horn (nap)
Place: Time Test


Win: Heartbreak City
Place: Big Thunder
Longshot: Oasis Fantasy


Win: Whitman
Place: Tawwaaq
Longshot: Quoteline Direct


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase weekend 2015, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, July 25, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
1.45Chain Of DaisiesChain Of DaisiesMythical CityChain Of DaisiesPamushanaChain Of DaisiesChain Of DaisiesChain Of Daisies
2.20Alejandro (nap)Alejandro (nap)Alejandro (nap)Alejandro (nb)Intense StyleAlfred HutchinsonAbove The RestAlejandro
2.55Custom CutPrince GibraltarTulliusPrince GibraltarCustom CutKelinniBraggingPrince Gibraltar
3.30Bogart (nb)Algar LadBogartHighland Acclaim (nap)Algar LadWillbeme (nb)TanzeelTanzeel
4.05Point Of WoodsBrilliant VanguardPoint Of WoodsReputationReputationPoint Of WoodsPoint Of WoodsPoint Of Woods
4.40Corona BorealisFull DaySaved By The BellWaterclockCorona BorealisCorona BorealisCorona BorealisAldreth
5.10RavenhoeBint AldarRavenhoeRosinaMajestic BondMajestic BondMajestic BondAyresome Angel

After the magnificence of Sir Tom Jones managed to wipe out the betting disaster that was the first day of the Knavesmire’s music weekend, YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin is back on his horse with his selections for this afternoon.

Just one winner yesterday, and too many near-miss hard luck stories.

Saturday provides a seven-race card with the fascinating Sky Bet Dash (3.30) as the centrepiece. The six-furlong sprint handicap should see Tanzeel, Kimbrella and Bogart in a close finish, with Turpin’s preference for the likely outsider of that trio.

Bogart’s close third to Kimbrella over five furlongs here a fortnight ago, suggested that an extra furlong might just be enough.

He is the win selection, but the likely SP, possibly 10-1, should represent excellent each-way value too. Alejandro (2.20) bids to take this 7f event for the second year, and with a 4lb advantage compared to 12 months ago.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Chain Of Daisies
Place: Supreme Occasion


Win: Alejandro (Nap)
Place: Athletic
Longshot: Intense Style


Win: Custom Cut
Place: Tha’ir


Win: Bogart (n.b.)
Place: Tanzeel
Longshot: Kimbrella


Win: Point Of Woods
Place: Back To Bond


Win: Corona Borealis
Place: Waterclock


Win: Ravenhoe
Place: Rosina

From July 24, 2015

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase weekend 2015, Day 1

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase weekend, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, July 24, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
6.00TalyaniDeerfieldDeerfieldTalyaniTalyaniTalyaniStoneboat BillDeerfieldDeerfield
6.30Sleeping ApacheMakin' The RulesMon BravAncient CrossBashibaBop ItAncient CrossMon BravBashiba
7.00MohabMohabPrize MoneyMohabMohabMohabNew CaledoniaMohabMohab
7.30Crystal Zvezda (nap)Crystal ZvezdaCrystal ZvezdaMy SpiritPamonaCrystal ZvezdaTea BlossomCrystal ZvezdaPamona
20.00 Hakka (nb)Navajo ChiefHe's No SaintNavajo ChiefHakkaHakkaHe's No SaintIntiwinHakka
20.30Luis Vaz De Torres
Bowson FredOlivia FallowStraightothepointOlivia FallowLuis Vaz De TorresFast Dancer (nb)Fast DancerLuis Vaz De Torres

We’re back at Knavesmire again with an intriguing evening of racing to be topped off with a rare performance by Sir Tom Jones.

YorkMix tipster Turpin is used to having doubts at the racecourse; it’s not unusual. That’s the default position for a tipster.

But the big doubt today seems to be whether the old Welsh crooner will make it to the stage, having scrapped a couple of gigs last week due to illness.

But we are told that Tom’s upper respiratory tract infection has improved and we can expect to be joining in with him for hearty choruses of Delilah as the sun starts to set tonight. Fingers crossed.

As for the racing, it looks like a strong night for favourite backers.

Turpin’s contacts report strong stable support for the unraced Mohab (7.00) from the Ryan yard. They have a good record of introducing smart newcomers here and any market move is to be noted.

Crystal Zvedza is a confident nap in the 7.30 race. A bold showing is promised, after impressing in the Oaks.

She pulled too hard that day, and is clearly a cut above. The fitting of a hood is expected to calm her down enough to do the trick tonight.

Turpin’s next best, Hakka (8.00) looks to have crept under the handicapper’s radar and may be around 7lb better than his current mark suggests. Intiwin looks a good choice for the forecast.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Talyani
Place: Normandy Knight
Longshot: Cabelo


Win: Sleeping Apache
Place: Ancient Cross
Longshot: Slingsby


Win: Mohab
Place: Discreet Hero
Longshot: Compton Sky


Win: Crystal Zvezda (nap)
Place: Pamona
Longshot: My Spirit


Win: Hakka (nb)
Place: Intiwin
Longshot: Simply Shining


Win: Luis Vaz De Torres
Place: Straightothepoint
Longshot: Olivia Fallow


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s Cup meeting, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, July 11, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostMirrorTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
1.45BirdmanGabrial's KakaMusaddasYou're FiredBirdmanMusaddasBasateenMusaddas
2.20AstronereusFamous KidFamous KidMontefeltroFamous KidDashing StarAstronereusAstronereus
2.55Cotai GloryTake CoverOut DoOut DoOut DoOut DoCotai GloryOut Do
3.25First Flight (nb)Ajman BridgeFirst FlightEducate (nb)Sennockian StarFirst Flight (nb)First FlightArab Dawn
4.00Husbandry (Nap)HusbandryHusbandryHusbandryPapa LuigiHusbandryHusbandryHusbandry
4.35Knightly EscapadeWilliam Of OrangeSaved By The BellGrumetiEshtiaalSpectatorKnightly EscapadeWilliam Of Orange
5.10ShawaahidShanghai GloryShanghai GloryShawaahidShawaahidFrenchShawaahidShawaahid

Hi folks, YorkMix tipster Turpin here, at your service.

After a great first day of the John Smith’s meeting – three winners tipped, and some healthy placed selections too – I reckon we are in just the right form to really smash those bookies today.

Nap today is Husbandry in the fifth (4.00), something of a no-brainer for those who witnessed his close defeat at Salisbury; there is much more to come.

Surely the Andrew Balding colt has the class to defeat this field.

If you follow Kevin Ryan, who has a remarkable record in this 6-furlong event, you’ll be tempted by his very costly newcomer, Mont Kiara.

Watch the betting market closely for clues. It should be between those two. A forecast bet may be the solution.

The main event, the John Smith’s Cup (3.25), sees Luca Cumani and William Haggas each fielding two, with our own Mark Johnston having a three-horse entry.

But Turpin turns to the canny Saeed Bin Suroor to deliver the goods at a cracking price with First Flight. He is the win selection, but should represent good each-way value too.

We didn’t see the best of him stuck behind Mahsoob at Royal Ascot. But Knavesmire’s galloping track should be ideal and we are optimistic of a huge result on the biggest day of the year so far…

Who knows? Turpin may even do well enough to give up this highwayman lark.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Birdman
Place: Musaddas
Longshot: Alfred Hutchinson


Win: Astronereus
Place: Famous Kid
Longshot: Montefeltro


Win: Cotai Glory
Place: Out Do
Longshot: Kingsgate Native


Win: First Flight (n.b.)
Place: Mount Logan
Longshot: Voice Of A Leader


Win: Husbandry (Nap)
Place: Mont Kiara
Longshot: Sunnyside Bob


Win: Knightly Escapade
Place: William Of Orange
Longshot: Spectator


Win: Shawaahid
Place: Shanghai Glory
Longshot: Bint Aldar

From July 10, 2015

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s Cup meeting, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, July 10, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.comTelegraphTimes
1.45AjayaAjayaAjayaAjayaAjayaAjayaAjayaAjayaAjaya (nb)Ajaya
2.20Lydia's PlaceRavenhoeAlizoomRavenhoeFashionable SpiritLydia’s PlaceWedgeWedgeLydia’s PlaceRavenhoe
2.55InterceptionInterceptionNew ProvidenceNew ProvidenceInterceptionLucky KristaleInterceptionInterceptionLucky KristaleSpinatrix
3.25MarmionChanceryMighty YarChanceryFirst Sitting (nb)First SittingCurbyourenthusiasmCurbyourenthusiasmMarmionGabrial’s King
4.00Bogart (nb)BogartFree ZoneBogartSteelriverKimberellaBogartMaster BondSteelriverKimberella
4.35BarreeshRibbleheadMustadaamRibbleheadCorreggioRibblehead (nb)BarreeshBarreeshCorreggioCadeau Magnifique
5.10SprytSakhee's ReturnSprytSprytSakhee’s ReturnSakhee’s Return (nap)SprytSakhee’s ReturnSprytBillyoakes

It’s day one of the two-day John Smith’s Cup meeting at Knavesmire, and YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin has been hard at work gleaning that essential insider information to help you bash the bookies…

In the first (1.45), it is hard to oppose Ajaya, the likely short-priced favourite, following his impressive showing in last month’s Norfolk Stakes.

But there is a strong Middleham whisper for Mark Johnston’s Irish-bred newcomer Powderhorn.

The fillies Summer Stakes (2.55), a Group 3 contest, promises to answer several questions.

Was Interception‘s brilliant Wokingham win just a flash in the pan? Will Kiyoshi, also on a mark of 110, be able to recapture her 2013 Royal Ascot form?

Might Spinatrix or Newsletter spring a surprise at longish odds?

Turpin has no doubt: the answer to those questions will be delivered by the Baker-Lanigan team when Interception powers home to land his Nap selection.

The Ryan team’s Bogart (4.00), is a previous Knavesmire winner, and is Turpin’s ‘next best’ selection.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Ajaya
Place: Powderhorn
Longshot: Top Of The Bank


Win: Lydia’s Place
Place: Wedge
Longshot: Fashionable Spirit


Win: Interception (Nap)
Place: Kiyoshi
Longshot: Newsletter


Win: Marmion
Place: Curbyourenthusiasm
Longshot: First Sitting


Win: Bogart (n.b.)
Place: Master Bond
Longshot: Top Boy


Win: Barreesh
Place: Arcano Gold
Longshot: Berlusca


Win: Spryt
Place: Sakhee’s Return
Longshot: Billyoakes

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Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the June 2015 meeting, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Saturday, June 13, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorTelegraphTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.00Ralphy LadRalphy LadOnly OrsenfoolsiesMarmion (nap)MarmionRalphy LadPearl CastleManhattan SwingRalphy Lad
2.35Withernsea (n.b.)Highland ColoriAlfred HutchinsonSo BelovedHeaven's GuestOne Word MoreSo Beloved (nap)Instant AttractionSo Beloved
3.10YuftenWannabe YoursGabrialWannabe YoursWannabe YoursWannabe YoursWannabe YoursWannabe YoursWannabe Yours
3.45Scalzo (Nap)Explosive LadyIndescribableTwilight SonScalzoTwilight SonScalzoMukhmalScalzo
4.20Cornish PathPark PlaceCorreggioFirst SittingCorreggioFirst SittingFirst Sitting (nb)First SittingFirst Sitting
4.55MiniaturistSandahlTasleetSandahlSandahlFast And FuriousTasleetMiniaturistMiniaturist
5.30SlingsbyKenny The CaptainCosmic ChatterDutch BreezeHarwoods Volante (nap)Kenny The CaptainHarwoods VolanteSlingsbySlingsby

It’s only flaming June, and the two-day meeting at York Racecourse looks set to be a scorcher whatever the weather.

Building on 45 years of popularity with racing fans and with over £6 million already raised for good causes, Macmillan Charity Day returns on Saturday (June 13).

And both days see top quality racing. So: who’s going to win… Over to YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin…

Turpin’s tips

Several fascinating contests on Saturday (June 13), but the one that catches Turpin’s eye is the Charity Sprint Handicap (3.45).

Scalzo is going for a three-timer, and though he is likely to be favourite after his stunning recent run at Haydock, thrashing the field by seven lengths, many believe that the handicapper has pegged him back with a huge 18lb rise in the weights.

This scepticism should help keep his price at a beneficial level for Turpin’s cash.

My stable spies tell me with confidence that this is a group horse in the making, and would have been capable of carrying even a two-stone rise!

Twilight Son, Roosey and Magical Memory will all come into the reckoning too, but Scalzo represents true class – and, in the safe hands of Paul Hanagan, I fully expect to be collecting wads of cash at around 3.50pm.

Another strong pointer: Next week’s Royal Ascot meeting would seem to have been the natural next stop for this promising colt. But canny trainer Martyn Meade brings him to Knavesmire instead.

It’s a sign, surely – and Turpin, for one, will be heeding it!

Earlier, Withernsea is improving with every oputing and will be carrying this highwayman’s hopes in the 7-furlong JCB Handicap (2.35).

It’s a wide open race, with claims to be made for Free Code and So Beloved too. Not forgetting the doughty Alfred Hutchinson who can always spring a surprise.

Dick’s picks


Win: Ralphy Lad
Place: Apterix
Longshot: Only Orsenfoolsies


Win: Withernsea (n.b.)
Place: Alfred Hutchinson
Longshot: Heaven’s Guest


Win: Yuften
EW: Gabrial
Longshot: Baltic Knight


Win: Comedy King
EW: Pressure Point
Longshot: Innocent Touch


Win: Cornish Path
Place: First Sitting
Longshot: Roayh


Win: Miniaturist
Place: Tasleet
Longshot: Ingleby Erin


Win: Slingsby (nb)
EW: Best Trip
Longshot: El Viento

From June 12, 2015

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the June 2015 meeting, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, June 12, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTelegraphTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.00Secret AmbitionSecret AmbitionSecret AmbitionGenoScottish CommandGenoSecret AmbitionScottish CommandSecret AmbitionSecret Ambition
2.30Final CountdownDonny RoverMonaleenMavenMonaleenMistirocMistirocSilvery MoonCactus ValleyMaven
3.05Smart MoverSmart MoverCliodhnaSmart MoverPippin StreetPippin StreetPippin StreetLady WulfrunaPippin StreetPippin Street
3.40Regal Dan (nap)Rex ImperatorRex ImperatorKalk BayGreen HowardHe’s No SaintKalk BayMehdiRex ImperatorLucky Lodge
4.10Ridge Ranger (nb)WillberneLove IslandGran Canaria QueenLinks Drive LadyIshiamberLulu Thed ZuluWillbeme (nap)WillbemeRidge Ranger
4.40TrendsetterSaved By The BellSaved By The BellDr IrvTrendsetterTrendsetter (nap)Saved By The BellSaved By The BellChiversTrendsetter
5.15InterconnectionInterconnectionInterconnectionInterconnectionInterconnectionInterconnectionGleese The DevilInterconnectionSellingallthetimeSellingallthetime

Turpin marks your card

Dick Turpin can’t promise he’ll select a horse to place in every race on Friday (June 12) at Knavesmire. But that’s exactly what he managed on the final day of the last meeting.

So, he’s been understandably busy since then, spending his winnings at various hostelries around the city. He dropped by the YorkMix office at the top of Shamble, just long enough to sing the praises of Regal Dan, going for glory for the O’Meara team in the big handicap (3.40).

Sam James is expected to prevail in the 7-furlong contest and is just preferred to the likely favourite Mehdi.

Turpin’s big money will be saved, though, for Jason Hart’s ride, Ridge Ranger, in the next race (4.10). It’s another high-quality sprint, this time on the straight 6-furlong track.

He confidently expects the four-year-old to triumph over his mainly older rivals, at the main expense of Willbeme and Gran Canaria Queen.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Secret Ambition
Place: Geno
Longshot: Rosina


Win: Final Countdown
Place: Maven
Longshot: Monaleen


Win: Smart Mover
Place: Pippin Street
Longshot: Cliodhna


Win: Regal Dan (Nap)
Place: Mehdi
Longshot: Kalk Bay


Win: Ridge Ranger (n.b.)
Place: Willbeme
Longshot: Links Drive Lady


Win: Trendsetter
Place: Chivers
Longshot: Gabrial The Terror


Win: Interconnection
Place: Sellingallthetime
Longshot: Valantino Oyster


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the May Spring meeting 2015

It’s the first Saturday of Knavesmire racing in 2015, and YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin has been around the stables for the latest inside information.

He’s a man of few words is our Dick, but he dropped by the office long enough to stand and deliver his betting suggestions, and to say that he has heard a strong word for Red Baron in the day’s big race, the Spring Sprint (2.55pm).

Neil Farley’s mount has everything going for him, except the draw! From stall 3, it will be a very close run thing, with the likeliest danger coming from the favourably high-drawn Lexi’s Hero, Richard Fahey’s last-time-out winner, coming from stall 20.

In the 14-furlong Grand Cup (2.20pm), Turpin also speaks highly of Mick Channon’s stayer, Elidor, who looks to have the measure of Clever Cookie, Big Orange and Times Up.

You’ll have to wait until the last race to get on Turpin’s next best selection. It’s the impressive filly, Breakable, expected to benefit give William Easterby a long-overdue success, riding for his father Tim in the 7-furlong Amateur Riders Stakes.

Turpin’s tips


Win: Al Khan
Each way: Highland Colori
Longshot: Dusky Queen


Win: Elidor
EW: Clever Cookie
Longshot: Nabatean


Win: Red Baron (Nap)
EW: Lexi’s Hero
Longshot: Green Door


Win: Comedy King
EW: Pressure Point
Longshot: Innocent Touch


Win: Tawakkol
EW: Another Touch
Longshot: Galileo Gold


Win: Tazffin
EW: Melodious
Longshot: Pamushana


Win: Breakable (nb)
EW: Dr Red Eye
Longshot: Westwood Hoe


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the May 2015 meeting, Day 3

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Friday, May 15, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTelegraphTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.10DeliziaAthas An BheanSadie BabesSakhee's JemNew Road SideDeliziaDeliziaLil's JoyAthas An BheanAthas An Bhean
2.40Ajman BridgeAjman BridgeTop TugAjman BridgeNotarisedEasy TermsTop TugAjman Bridge (nb)Top TugAjman Bridge
3.15RomsdalRomsdalRomsdalRomsdalRomsdalSnow SkyRomsdalBrown PantherBrown PantherBrown Panther
3.45SperryRealtraYasmeen (nap)SperryYasmeenRealtraRealtraSperrySperryYasmeen
4.20Among AngelsExcellent GeorgeThahabThahabAmong AngelsHandsome Dude (nb)JuncartJuncartJuncartHandsome Dude
4.50IshiamberIshiamberDusky Queen (nb)Dusky QueenJacquotte Delahaye (nb)Jacquotte Delahaye (nap)Dusky QueenDusky Queen (nap)Dusky QueenDusky Queen
5.20RosenbaumYorkiddingShalabinaRosenbaumRosenbaumPeterhouseChilworth BellsSwaheenYorkiddingRosenbaum

Turpin marks your card

After the exertions of Dante day on Thursday (May 14), YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin had just enough energy left to tell us that Friday is set to be John Gosden’s day.

The old highwayman whispered: “Romsdal is sure to give Brown Panther a run for his money in the Yorkshire Cup (3.15).

“And his Sperry and Yasmeen have an excellent opportunity to finish in that order in the fillies race (3.45).”

Dick’s picks


Win: Delizia
Each way: French
Longshot: Silk Bow


Win: Ajman Bridge
EW: Top Tug
Longshot: Notarised


Win: Romsdal (Nap)
EW: Brown Panther


Win: Sperry (n.b.)
EW: Yasmeen
Longshot: Mother’s Finest


Win: Among Angels
EW: Juncart
Longshot: Thahab


Win: Dusky Queen
EW: Zebadiah
Longshot: Bint Dandy


Win: Rosenbaum
EW: Dawn Missile
Longshot: Yorkidding

From May 14, 2015

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the May 2015 meeting, Day 2

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Thursday, May 14, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTelegraphTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.10Perfect PastureMonsieur JoePerfect PastureJudge ‘n’ JuryRed BaronSee The SunOut Do (nb)See The Sun (nb)DemoraOut Do
2.40Secret Gesture (n.b.)BraggingBragging (nb)Belle D’OrBraggingBraggingRibbonsBraggingBraggingBragging
3.15Elm Park (Nap)Elm ParkElm ParkGolden HornNafaqaJohn F KennedyJack HobbsJohn F KennedyElm ParkJack Hobbs
3.45HomageFort BastionFort BastionCapo RossoYou're Fired (nap)Homage (nb)Off Art (nap)Homage (nap)Loving SpiritOff Art
4.20TenduTenduZuhoor BaynoonaBlue AegeanZuhoor BaynoonaTenduTenduTenduTenduTendu
4.50Another TouchAnother TouchMunira EyesSeastromBlue HumorBlue HumorMunira EyesZebadiahSeastromZebadiah
5.20MoscatoLycidasSteve RogersCousin KheeMoscatoRite To ReignMoscatoMoscatoMoscatoMoscato

It’s Dante day! The renewal of the 1m 2f contest is a mouthwatering affair, bringing the first three favourites in the Derby betting together just 23 days ahead of the Epsom classic.

After welcoming a regal guest among the crowds yesterday, big crowds are expected again. And our tipster Turpin will be among them…

Turpin marks your card

Frankie Dettori partners Jack Hobbs for John Gosden. Already installed as Derby favourite, the Halling colt impressed mightily first time out this season with an emphatic 12-length Sandown win.

The field of nine that day included Rotherwick and the highly-regarded Stravagante. But today’s competition is of a different order altogether, with Turpin’s fancy, Elm Park having the strongest claim.

Once Andrew Balding’s Phoenix Reach colt got the hang of the game (third on his first visit to a racecourse last season) he couldn’t stop winning. Turpin fully expects him to add to last season’s four consecutive victories with a close-fought contest on Knavesmire.

The clear danger is John F Kennedy, Aidan O’Brien’s Galileo colt, currently 8/1 for the Epsom challenge, and likely third favourite here in York.

Golden Horn, John Gosden’s other charge, and Ol’ Man River, O’Brien’s second string, could easily upset the expected outcome if the race is run to suit.

Dettori and Atzeni (on Elm Park) are unlikely to let the pace drop to allow such a shock, and Turpin fully expects them to be battling it out nip-and-tuck right up to the line.

Though the Dante (3.15pm) dominates the day, Turpin has had a strong word for Secret Gesture in the second race (2.40pm). Andrea Atzeni is aboard the Galileo mare.

Turpin expects the longest trip of the day (from Ralph Beckett’s yard in Andover, Hampshire) to have been worthwhile.

At the end of the day (5.20pm), Sir Mark Prescott’s Moscato is Turpin’s solid selection for the two-mile handicap.

Dick’s picks


Win: Perfect Pasture
Each way: Out Do
Longshot: See The Sun


Win: Secret Gesture (n.b.)
EW: Bragging


Win: Elm Park (Nap)
EW: Jack Hobbs


Win: Homage
EW:Off Art


Win: Tendu
EW: Zuhoor Baynoona
Longshot: Lightscameraction


Win: Another Touch
EW: Zebadiah
Longshot: Sir Roger Moore


Win: Moscato
EW: Aramist
Longshot: Saved By The Bell

From May 13, 2015

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the May 2015 meeting, Day 1

The tipsters’ table, York Races, Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTelegraphTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.com
2.10Field Of FameMahsoobMahsoobChanceryChanceryChancerySatelliteFirst Flight (nap)Field Of FameMahsoob
2.40TatlisuMass RallyMass RallyBogartOut DoKickboxerMass Rally (nb)BlaineBogartTatlisu
3.15Muthmir (Nap)NaadirNaadirr (nb)AstaireMuthmirNaadirrMuthmirLightning MoonMuthmirAstaire
3.45Star Of SevilleStar Of SevilleStar Of SevilleStar Of SevilleStar Of SevilleStar Of SevilleTogether ForeverStar Of SevilleStar Of SevilleStar Of Seville
4.20Foreign DiplomatSwift EmperorForeign DiplomatForeign DiplomatKing To BeKing To Be (nb)SprytDarringtonForeign DiplomatForeign Diplomat
5.20SeamourLibranSeamourEltheebCarthageRibblehead (nap)Seamour (nap)Libran (nb)SeamourGabrial The Duke

Hooray! It’s the Dante meeting, all set to blow this chilly spring weather away with a dazzling first-day card.

Are we going to see this year’s Derby winner in tomorrow’s feature race? Turpin thinks it’s more than likely this year… but let him first turn his tricorn hat to the racecard for today.

Here’s what YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin told us in a hastily scribbled note.

Turpin marks your card

We’re in for a treat on Wednesday, dear York Mixers, as five of these seven races offer brilliantly competitive line-ups.

My stable spies at Andrew Balding’s yard are full of hope for this meeting, not least for tomorrow’s feature race of the week.

But they expect to get off to a flying start today with the lightly-raced Field Of Flame, at the main expense of likely favourite Mahsoob.

The Duke Of York Clipper Logistic Stakes (3.15) offers one of racing’s most thrilling sprints.

So don’t linger too long in the bar, as this six-furlong highlight is a real blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair.

Turpin is optimistic for the chances of William Haggas’s highly-rated Muthmir, though Marco Botti has been telling the world that his Naadirr, an impressive Oasis Dream colt, is the one to be on.

He may have a point, as Naadirr has already racked up an eye-catching win on the first day of the season at Doncaster, coming from last to first to beat Astaire, who reappears here, and may even end up favourite.

Do those bookies know something Turpin doesn’t? As if!

If Muthmir has trained on, then the spoils are his – and that’s where my ill-gotten gains will be – and he bears the burden of being my nap selection.

Even the small field races (3.45 and 4.50) offer intrigue today, and I expect to see a very bold showing from Frankie Dettori (Star Of Seville and Dheban) in both of those.

Expect to see me tumbling out of Brigantes in Micklegate mid-evening with my trousers still bursting with the bookies’ lolly; then it’s on to Goodramgate and The Habit for a late-night sing song to celebrate.

Dick’s picks


Win: Field Of Fame (n.b)
Each way: Mahsoob
Longshot: Chancery


Win: Tatlisu
EW: Mass Rally
Longshot: Another Wise Kid


Win: Muthmir (Nap)
EW: Naadirr
Longshot: Lightning Moon


Win: Star Of Seville
EW: Together Forever


Win: Foreign Diplomat
EW: King To Be
Longshot: Mount Tahan


Win: Dheban


Win: Seamour
EW: Osaruveetil
Longshot: Innocent Touch


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the October 2014 meeting, Day 2

Going, going, gone… it’s the last race meeting of the year at Knavesmire

The tipsters' table, York Races, Saturday, October 11, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinSunMirrorTelegraphTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.comPrecise Tips
1.50Master Of FinanceLacan (NB)Empress AliExaminerLily RulesLacanExaminerLily RulesIndyIndy
2.20First FlightSudden WonderGabrialSennockian StarMagic Hurricane (nb)First FlightEducateFirst FlightSennockian StarSudden Wonder
2.55Bond's Girl (NB)Teruntum StarRosie's PremierMattmuTeruntum StarBond's GirlMattmuMattmuCharming ThoughtMattmu
3.30Mass RallyHighland ColoriMass RallyAetnaLancelot Du LacAetnaHighland Colori (NB)AetnaAetnaMass Rally
4.10Akeed ChampionMutamakkinAkeed ChampionMutamakkinNavigateMutamakkinAkeed ChampionAkeed ChampionAkeed Champion
4.45Nashville (Nap)Cape TribulationHigh OfficeNashvilleKashmiri SunsetMister PaganKashmiri SunsetKashmiri SunsetNashvilleKashmiri Sunset
5.20GiantstepaheadEl BeauPintradaLungarno PalaceRibbleheadSophisticated HeirRibbleheadIngleby SymphonyGiantstepaheadChain Of Events

Tipster Turpin might not have picked a single winner on Knavesmire yesterday (Friday). But he just about broke even thanks to selecting a string of placed horses and placed horses throughout the day.

Now, today, it’s the big one… the last race day of the year and a chance for Turpin to trouser bucketloads of the folding stuff from the seven-race card


Turpin will be pinning much of his ill-gotten gains on a first race flyer from Mark Johnston’s yard. Master Of Finance impressed recently at Chester and looks set to hold off the likely challenge from Empress Ali over this one-mile opener.

Top weight Indy, on only his second outing this season, looks to be in with a chance too at decent odds; he narrowly gets the vote for a longshot place over Lily Rules, from Tony Coyle’s North Yorkshire headquarters in Norton.

Win: Master Of Finance; Place: Empress Ali; Longshot: Indy


Don’t go mad here. Turpin can make out a good case for at least five of these 11 runners. The vote narrowly goes to
First Flight, with Magic Hurricane, Educate, Soviet Rock and Fattsota all coming into the reckoning.

Win: First Flight; Place: Educate; Longshot: Soviet Rock


Richard Fahey can always be relied on to produce a Knavesmire horse, and Bond’s Girl fits the bill here.
Fanciful Angel, Mattmu and Terentum Star should be thereabouts too.

Win: Bond’s Girl (NB); Place: Fanciful Angel; Longshot: Terentum Star


The race of the day. Just six furlongs of pure excitement that should see a blanket finish from a very well handicapped field of 20.

Can Mass Rally repeat last year’s success? The slightly lower weight this time could be just the edge needed.

Certainly in with a chance, but strong competition comes from Aetna and Watchable. Top weight Spinatrix is worthy of respect too – and might be a good value longshot.

Win: Mass Rally; Place: Aetna; Longshot: Spinatrix


Caution is called for in this interesting 7f maiden race with three unraced entries among the 13 runners. Turpin will be sitting this one out with a different kind of maiden, upstairs in the Voltigeur restaurant.

There is always a question mark over late-season maiden races. Have there been training problems, illness or temperament issues? Or are they just late developers that have been carefully nurtured? Too many unknowns.

Why haven’t they seen more of the track than just one or two outings? Only Akeed Champion and Mutamakkin have shown any glimmer of promise so far. It’s a pinsticker’s party apart from those two. Turpin’s pin lands on Navigate for a place.

Win: Akeed Champion; Place: Mutamakkin; Longshot: Navigate


Turpin’s a sucker for country music, whether it’s being played by the remnants of The Byrds or, closer to home, the wonderful Boss Caine here in York… so he naturally brightened up when he saw the name Nashville crop up.

So, at last, a sentimental bet turns out to be a steed with a genuinely good chance in this stamina-testing 2m2f encounter. The Nolan Fahey partnership have this son of Galileo in top form and Turpin fully expects to be celebrating with a line dancing session later tonight.

Hot Spice and Kashmiri Sunset appeal from the rest of the 18-runner card.

Win: Nashville (Nap); Place: Kashmiri Sunset; Longshot: Hot Spice


A teasing finale to what has been another great year for the country’s finest racecourse. If Turpin is still standing, he’ll be plunging on Giantstepsahead, who impressed greatly at Yarmouth, and even more greatly on his last outing at Newmarket, beating a small but classy field.

This race looks tailor made for the Mitchell/ Quinn partnership to finish on a high. Ribblehead has caught Turpin’s eye on more than one occasion this season, and should be giving the selection a good challenge at the business end of the race.

Shouranour won on Friday and is listed today. If the gelding runs, the tip-top form sugegsts he is a real danger too. Lungarno Palace looks a good value longshot.

Win: Giantstepsahead (if Shouranour is absent); Place: Ribblehead; Longshot: Lungarno Palace


From Friday, October 10, 2014

Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the October 2014 meeting, Day 1

The tipsters' table, York Races, Friday, October 10, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostSunMirrorTelegraphTimesThe GuardianDaily MailAt The RacesGG.comPrecise Tips
2.00AcolyteGeordie GeorgeAcolyteGeordie GeorgeAcolyteFour SeasonsGeorge BowenGeordie GeorgeAcolyteAcolyteGeordie George
2.30Jamaican BoltJudge ’N JuryEcclestonSee The SunPearl BlueSee The SunSecret MissileLong AwaitedEcclestonPearl BlueGraphic Guest
3.00Gm Hopkins (Nap)LevitateGm HopkinsAnderiegoEarth DrummerStorm KingStorm KingSpirit Of The LawGm HopkinsGm HopkinsGm Hopkins
3.30BrandoBrandoBrandoArtist CryArtist CryBrandoQuintus CerialisBrandoBrandoArtist Cry
4.05Esteaming (NB)ChanceryChanceryKings BayonetKings BayonetEsteaming (Nap)Chancery (Nap)EsteamingEmerahldzEmerahldzChancery
4.40Red RublesCabeloRed RublesBletchley ParkWho Dares WinsCabeloCabeloMythical MomentCabeloStorm Rock
5.10ShouranourShowboatingMujazifAskaudShouranourMy Single Malt (NB)My Single MaltInstant Attraction (Nap)RousayanShouranourPersonal Touch

It’s the last race meeting of the year and YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin is on hand to see if he can keep his great tipping run going


Roger Charlton’s Acolyte may turn out to be something special next season. A promising third at Newbury first time out, in August, was followed last month by a tidy win at Kempton – and Turpin will look no further than William Buick’s mount to get us off to a flyer.

Watch your betting slips as there is a George Bowen and a Geordie George who both look promising for a place.

But Charlie Appleby’s Four Seasons may be the one to divide that pair. The Gray/ Ryan partnership’s Charlie Croker offers the best longshot value.

Win: Acolyte; Each Way: Four Seasons; Longshot: Charlie Croker


There’s a hint of desperation here as 20 vie for a last hurrah before the season closes. Only a handful have ever troubled the judge.

A promising double for Secret Missile at Newmarket and Brighton came to nothing at Ascot last time out. The gelding is not without a chance of this near bottom weight mark, but is likely to find a couple too good for him.

Jamaican Bolt, Eccleston and Bogart make most appeal. But it’s all a bit lacklustre, and you’ll find Turpin sitting this one out with a minimum stake on the Tote, just to retain a little bit of interest.

Win: Jamaican Bolt; EW: Bogart; Longshot: Eccleston


This is more like it. An extended one mile handicap that pitches John Gosden’s Gm Hopkins against the handy Earth Drummer and Homage.

Don’t Call Me and Levitate have sound claims too, though Levitate has failed to deliver the promise of last season. Turpin loves to look for value, but sometimes there is no other choice but the likely favourite, and Gm Hopkins is his banker of the day.

Win: Gm Hopkins (Nap); EW: Homage; Longshot: Earth Drummer


Unraced Artist Cry and Forest Missile could be anything. The breeding points to Artist Cry having a live chance in this intriguing sprint.

But the decisive factor might just be the trackcraft that Brando has gained in three promising outings, including a notable fast-finishing third here last month, and the Lee/Ryan partnership is quietly confident that the chestnut colt will put down a marker for a big season next year.

Mick Channon’s Zuzinia was unlucky to find one better, when beaten by a neck at Ripon in August, and a half-length defeat at Catterick earlier this week, suggests he has held his form and may deliver at tasty odds.

Win: Brando; EW: Artist Cry; Zuzinia


Much depends on the going, and Malton’s Richard Fahey may have found the perfect opportunity for bottom weight Emerahldz to follow up her Newmarket win. Aramist is the likely favourite and will certainly be thereabouts too.

But Turpin’s booty is going on David Barron’s Thirsk yard to have gotEsteaming just right. The gelding saves most of his best performances for the Yorkshire tracks, and with Graham Gibbons careful steering, should be right there at the line.

Win: Esteaming (NB); EW: Emerahldz; Longshot: Chancery


Andrew Balding’s Red Rubles should have just enough in the tank to hold out against Storm Rock (Dunlop/Buick) and Mythical Moment. Any market move for Cabelo should be noted.

Win: Red Rubles; EW: Mythical Moment; Longshot: Cabelo


Mon Brav finally came good at Nottingham last time out, after a string of runs that promised much more than they delivered.

Brian Ellison has done a great job with the seven-year-old, but this apprentice race always seems to present the best opportunities to the younger steeds, and Turpin expects to see two or three others eclipse Alistair Rawlinson’s mount.

For Turpin, it’s something of a pinsticker’s event, with claims that could be made for Rousayan, Regal Dan and . He’ll be punting a little, but best save your money for the bigger challenges tomorrow.

Win: Shouranour; EW: Rousayan; Longshot: Regal Dan

Who’ll win at York family raceday? Tips for the Sunday races of 2014

Family fun at York races

The tipsters' table, York Races, Sunday, September 7, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinAt The RacesGG.comSunMirrorThe GuardianPrecise Tips
2.00Supreme OccasionSupreme OccasionSupreme OccasionSupreme OccasionSupreme OccasionLysander The GreekMoonlight Navigator
2.30Ribblehead (NB)Chapter And VerseRibbleheadCosmic Halo (NB)Artful PrinceTower PowerCosmic Halo
3.00IntibaahLadies Are ForeverIntibaahNaadirrNaadirrMass Rally (NB)Ladies Are Forever
3.35Beau EileLa CuestaExcellent GeorgeJust Us TwoYou're CoolBeau EileItlaaq
4.05ChiversChiversChiversGambol (treble)ItlaaqItlaaqNo selection
4.40Fast Track (Nap)Fast TrackFast TrackRoyal MezyanRegimentFast TrackRoyal Mezyan
5.10SsafaZeus MagicSsafaZeus MagicChoisanZeus MagicStreets Of Newyork

Turpin marks your card

YorkMix tipster Turpin loves to seek out real value bets for his many followers. But today will be different. He expects a wave of favourites and second favourites to dominate proceedings.
So maybe today’s the day to take a chance on the Placepot or even the Jackpot.


Helmsley trainer David O’Meara is full of confidence for his likely favourite in the opener, and only Richard Fahey’s promising colt Spring Offensive looks set to pose a threat. The latter’s tidy win at Redcar suggests a good battle in store, with Upward Trend and Invincible Gold also coming into this highwayman’s reckoning.

Win: Supreme Occasion; Each Way: Spring Offensive; Longshot: Upward Trend


Mark Johnston’s Jalingo is clear top-rated and a good run is expected. But Tim Easterby’s Ribblehead makes more appeal after impressive showings at Redcar and Doncaster. The betting market may offer the best clue. Expect Chapter And Verse (Kelly/Murphy) to have a big say too, with the Fahey yard’s Cosmic Halo worth a longshot consideration for a place.

Win: Ribblehead (NB); EW: Chapter And Verse; Longshot: Cosmic Halo


The Garrowby stakes always promises high drama, and this year will be no different, even with a compact field of just eight runners. It’s hard to see much beyond the top three in the betting, likely to be Brian Meehan’s Intibaah, Marco Botti’s Naadirr, and Roger Varian’s Justineo.

Likely favourite Naadirr always seems to find one or two better than him each time, and has failed to capture last season’s form. So Turpin sides with Intibaah, who has already continued last season’s winning ways with a fine victory at Haydock in May.

Michael Dods’ Mass Rally could step up at decent odds… and Knavesmire course-and-distance winner Ladies Are Forever demands respect too.

Win: Intibaah; EW: Justineo; Longshot: Mass Rally


Today’s the day we’ll learn just how good David Barron’s Beau Eile is. Her narrow (head) second on her debut at Beverley earned her several asterisks in Turpin’s notebook.

She is a tentative selection to upstage the likely favourite La Cuesta, whose respectable seventh in the Queen Mary will make her a shortish price here.

A market move for Excellent George should be noted. Preference for an upset at longish odds is for Richard Fahey’s Bamboccianti.

Win: Beau Eile; EW: La Cuesta; Longshot: Bamboccianti


Hard to choose between Chivers and Gambol here. Tim Easterby’s Chivers just gets the vote on the strength of a solid win at Redcar last month. Chant makes some appeal for a place.

Win: Chivers; EW: Gambol; Longshot: Chant


David Barron’s Fast Track looks tailor-made for his competitive sprint. The gelding followed up an eye-catching second at Haydock in July with a narrow win at Newmarket later the same month.

But that win was in a 19-runner field full of promising types, and Turpin expects the form to work out well indeed. David Barron’s second string, Money Team is also expected to make a bold showing.

Expect good runs from Caffeine, Jacob’s Pillow and Venura Mist.

Win: Fast Track (Nap); EW: Money Team; Longshot: Ventura Mist


Paul Cole is a shrewd judge and has clearly marked this one out for Ssafa for some while. A comfortable win at Kempton in mid-August, after a three-month break, suggests the six-year-old mare is running into top form, and the 400-mile round trip from Cole’s Wantage yard will be an investment worth making.

Zeus Magic has good credentials for this 1m 4f stamina test. Next Edition could make the frame at decent odds.

Win: Saafa; EW: Zeus Magic; Longshot: Next Edition


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Ebor Festival 2014: Day 4

Ready to race. Photograph © Richard Towell on Flickr

The tipsters' table, York Races, Saturday, August 23, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinAt The RacesGG.comSunMirrorTelegraphThe TimesThe GuardianDaily Mail
2.05Custom CutFarraajFarraajGraphicFarraajCustom CutFarraajFarraajFarraaj
2.40ConnecticutConnecticutConnecticutConnecticutInnocent TouchConnecticutConnecticutBatterseaPenhill
3.15Baitha Alga (nap)BeaconBaitha AlgaBeaconMuhaararGlenalmondMuhaarar (nap)GlenalmondMuhaarar
3.50Pallastor (nb)Clever CookiePallasatorMighty YarDe RigueurDare To AchieveRetirement PlanTed VealeWadi Al Hattawi
4.25Cool StrutterCool StrutterCool StrutterMoonrakerMoonrakerShowing Character (nb)MoonrakerMind Of MadnessMoonraker
5.00Ajman BridgeLlanarmon LadWhispering WarriorBancnuanaheireannMavenAjman BridgeBraidleyLlanarmon Lad (nap)Ajman Bridge
5.35Full Steam AheadFull Steam AheadOnline AlexanderRoyal Mezyan (nb)InnocentlyFull Steam AheadRoyal MezyanScarboroughHigh On Life

Turpin marks your card

So here we are, the Melrose, the Gimcrack and the wonderful Ebor Handicap, three of the best races in the entire racing calendar, and all in the space of just over an hour at Knavesmire.

Here’s how Turpin reads the card.


Expect Farraaj, Custom Cut and Graphic to be battling out the finish of this extended mile. The Tudhope-O’Meara partnership gets the vote narrowly, after three impressive wins at Windsor, Pontefract and Leopardstown. Trade Storm could represent a great value longshot.

Win: Custom Cut; EW: Farraaj; Longshot: Trade Storm


There is a strong whisper for Uradel, Willie Mullins’ improving colt, who performed brilliantly at Chantilly in June. Turpin’s preference, though, is for the top weight, Luca Cumani’s Connecticut, looking for a four-timer.

The Melrose Handicap’s 1 mile 6 furlong is a true stamina test, and Connecticut may have most to fear from Battersea, Rocket Ship and Vent De Force.

Peter Chapple-Hyam’s Rock Of Gibraltar descendent Farquhar (Frankie Dettori) may be the surprise package at long odds.

Win: Connecticut; EW: Battersea; Longshot: Farquhar


A fabulous contest in store for the six-furlong Gimcrack Stakes. Don’t be surprised to see a blanket finish, as there is little to separate the principals. Beacon, Jungle Cat, The Great War and Muhaarar all have sound claims.

But they’ll have to get past Richard Hannon’s likely favourite Baitha Alga. The low draw (3) is a bonus that Frankie Dettori will use to best advantage.

Win: Baitha Alga (Nap); EW: Beacon; Longshot: Fendale


Top weight Whiplash Willie has probably been pegged back by the handicapper this time. That 9st 10lb is a hefty burden over this testing 1m6f Ebor Handicap.

But the same weight may yet be carried to victory by Sir Mark Prescott’s powerful Pallastor, who followed up an enterprising second at Haydock in early July with an eye-catching win at Ascot at the end of the month.

Of the rest, Clever Cookie makes most appeal, ahead of Wadi Al Hattawi, De Rigeuer and Mighty Yar.

If you are looking for a real longshot, consider Ted Veale, with the added bonus of a 7lb claim from promising youngster Sean Corby. That could be decisive in such a competitive contest.

Win: Pallastor (NB); EW: Clever Cookie; Longshot: Ted Veale


Cool Strutter, Richard Hannon’s impressive colt, is running into tremendous form and may have just enough in hand to beat off the challenge of Mind Of Madness and Showing Character.

Al Fareej represents value in a tricky race that might be better watched rather than bet upon.

Win: Cool Strutter; EW: Showing Character; Longshot: Al Fareej


Likely favourite Ajman Bridge will be hard to beat. Turpin loves to oppose the favourite when he can; but here, he can’t. Luca Cumani’s colt is coming into top form at just the right time, with two good runner-up performances (Newbury and Goodwood) last month.

Awake My Soul, Whispering Warrior and Raskova all appeal in the battle for second place, and they should be thereabouts at the post.

Mark Johnston’s Lyn Value is reportedly working very well and might be the race’s surprise package.

Win: Ajman Bridge; EW: Whispering Warrior; Longshot: Lyn Valley


It’s easy to make a strong case for Online Alexander, but Turpin reckons Full Steam Ahead‘s weight advantage will make all the difference over this sharp five furlongs. There is little between them.

Searchlight, Innocently and Speed Hawk all have decent claims too, with the latter just edging Turpin’s vote to make the frame.

Win: Full Steam Ahead; EW: Online Alexander; Longshot: Speed Hawk


From Thursday, August 22, 2014

The tipsters' table, York Races, Friday, August 22, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinAt The RacesGG.comSunMirrorTelegraphThe TimesThe GuardianDaily Mail
1.55Pearl CastleWigmore HallSemeenChancerySalutationSemeenWigmore Hall (nap)Wigmore HallEsteaming (nb)
2.30Cavalryman (NB)CavalrymanCavalrymanCavalrymanCavalrymanEstimateAngel GabrialCavalrymanPale Mimosa
3.05Heaven's GuestCable BayMushirThat Is The SpiritHeaven's GuestErtijaalAbsolutely SoGlory AwaitsWindfast
3.40Sole Power (Nap)Sole PowerSole PowerSole Power (nb)MoviestaRangaliRangaliAstaire (nb)Take Cover (nap)
4.20Acaster MalbisAcaster MalbisAcaster MalbisBeach SambaForeign DiplomatAcaster MalbisAcaster MalbisAcaster MalbisAcaster Malbis
4.55Maverick WaveMaverick WaveMaverick WaveMoohaarib (nap)Tiger Twenty TwoMaverick WaveMoohaarib (nb)HalationMunaaser

Turpin marks your card

Turpin had a blisteringly good day on Thursday (August 21). Short Squeeze delivered the goods at 8-1 in the third race.

A great performance, but enhanced by Turpin’s advice about Top Notch Tonto for the place – returning a massive straight forecast dividend of £110.93, more than enough to see the old highwayman merrily singing his way back to town for the Micklegate run.

Appropriately, Bragging finished off his tremendous day with a fine 100-30 victory in the last race.

The biggest upset came in the Yorkshire Oaks with long odds-on “certainty” (5-1 on!) Taghgrooda being headed by Tapestry just 100 yards from the line.

Regular Turpin readers will have benefited from his suggestion that there was a risk to Taghgrooda if the smallish field resulted in an unhelpful pace. He spotted Tapestry as the main danger – and at 8-1 it was a great result.

It’s day three (Friday, August 22) and the City Of York Stakes (3.05pm) and the Nunthorpe (3.40pm) have attracted world-class fields, promising a thrilling day all round.

Here’s how Turpin reads the card.


The winner should come from Semeen, Pearl Castle, Stomachion or Wigmore Hall. Pearl Castle’s course-and-distance experience may be the deciding factor. Gabrial The Hero‘s two wins this term mark him out as a good longshot at attractive odds.

Win: Pearl Castle; Each way: Semeen; Longshot: Gabrial The Hero


Very hard to look beyond Cavalryman, Estimate and Pale Mimosa for the top places. The Dunlop-Buick combination on Times Up merits inclusion as a longshot, with a great chance if the two-mile stamina test is run to suit.

Win: Cavalryman (NB); EW: Estimate; Longshot: Times Up


A tricky City of York Stakes. Betting caution is advised. Turpin is ignoring Heaven’s Guest‘s last disappointing run, and focusing instead on his promising showings at Ascot and Newmarket in July.

Similar comment applies to Gabriel’s Lad whose last run was a huge let-down. But Turpin expects him to be thereabouts too.

Preference for the place goes to either Cable Bay or Rerouted, with the former getting the vote, thanks to the guidance of Jamie Spencer. Though the lack of a recent run is a concern.

If capturing his previous form, That Is The Spirit (Hughes-O’Meara) could spring a good surprise at decent odds.

Win: Heaven’s Guest; EW: Cable Bay; Longshot: That Is The Spirit


Aha! The Nunthorpe. Blink and you’ll miss it. One of the racing year’s most highly-prized sprints promises to confer its electrifying magic on Knavesmire.

Turpin doesn’t expect a 40-1 upset as last year with Jwala. Instead he is sticking confidently with the clear top-rated form horse, Sole Power, a course-and-distance winner just hitting peak form and on a three-timer.

Hot Streak, Shea Shea and Extortionist will be in contention under the shadow of the winning post, but we expect to see them all just behind the Griffiths-Doyle charge, Take Cover, who is also seeking a third consecutive win.

Kieren Fallon and Roger Varian are a formidable crew, and we can see that team getting Steps to exceed recent performances, and maybe spring a surprise at longish odds.

Win: Sole Power (Nap); EW: Take Cover; Longshot: Steps


Another difficult one to assess, especially with around half a dozen seeing a racetrack for the first time. So the temptation is to focus only on the ones with any form at all.

Acaster Malbis, named after the riverside location where Turpin is rumoured to have had a secret bolthole, merits respect and is a tentative selection. Dissolution and Swot are likely to be thereabouts, with Sir Michael Stoute’s Dissolution getting the vote for a place.

But the most interesting newcomer has to be the William Haggas entry, Foreign Diplomat. A breeding line to Danehill Dancer is always worth noting, but even more noteworthy is the booking of Frankie Dettori.

Could be the surprise result of the day – and at attractive odds too. Any market move must be noted.

Win: Acaster Malbis; EW: Dissolution; Longshot: Foreign Diplomat


The day ends with an intriguing mile handicap. Enterprising William Buick is hoping for a steering job on John Gosden’s Maverick Wave, very impressive earlier at Lingfield and Newmarket.

Munaseer‘s Newmarket win in July marks him out as the main threat. Kevin Ryan’s Lesha (like Foreign Diplomat in the 4.20, with a line to Danehill Dancer) is a worthy longshot selection.

Win: Maverick Wave; EW: Munaaser; Longshot: Lesha


From Thursday, August 21, 2014

The tipsters' table, York Races, Thursday, August 21, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

Tipster/ raceDick TurpinRacing PostAt The RacesGG.comSunMirrorTelegraphThe TimesThe GuardianDaily Mail
1.55Kool KompanyKool KompanyKool KompanyKool KompanyKool KompanyKool KompanyKool KompanyValley Of FireFast ActKool Kompany
2.30Cursory Glance (Nap)Tiggy WiggyAnthem AlexanderTiggy WiggyTiggy WiggyTiggy WiggyAnthem Alexander (nap)Anthem Alexander (nb)Tiggy WiggyCursory Glance
3.05Short SqueezeShort SqueezeRussian RealmRussian RealmBronze Angel (nap)Fort BastionParboldShort SqueezeFort Bastion (nb)Bronze Angel (nap)
4.20Arabian Comet (NB)Quiz MistressStella BellissimaArabian CometWailaArabian CometNoble ProtectorNoble Protector (nap)MomentusNoble Protector
4.55BraggingSparkle FactorEnrapturedBraggingDutch RoseDusky QueenSparkle FactorEnrapturedJamesbo’s Girl (nap)Ticking Katie (nb)

Turpin marks your card

A thrilling first day of the Ebor meeting on Wednesday, Australia’s win evoking memories of Frankel’s victory here in the same race.

It was all going so well for Turpin’s YorkMix Placepot – until the fifth race, when Itlaaq failed to get into the frame!

Turpin can’t promise such accuracy with tipping on Day Two (Thursday, August 21); it’s a much tougher prospect all round, except for Taghrooda in the fourth race. But at such short odds (likely 1-3 !) you’d be better off in the grandstand bar for that one.

So, here we go again…


Trickiest race of the day to assess. Twenty yearlings line up for the six-furlong dash. The obvious favourite, Kool Kompany has already proved himself for the Hughes-Hannon partnership with four impressive wins from six outings. He is undoubtedly the one to beat.

Fast Act, Mukhmal, Markaz and Kasbah will all be thereabouts. But Turpin has his eye on Sawaahel for a possible upset.

It’s Hannon’s second string here (with Dane O’Neill aboard), but his debut run and win at Newmarket earlier this month was great start, and he will have come on tremendously for that track experience. A definiute each way chance at decent odds.

Win: Kool Kompany; EW: Mukhmal; Longshot: Sawaahel


Trainer Roger Varian had to make the toughest decision of all yesterday when he pulled Kingston Hill from the Great Voltigeur Stakes. The ground was just too firm for the Derby runner-up.

No such tough decision today for Varian’s Cursory Glance in these Lowther Stakes. Varian’s charge is looking for a three-timer, but comes up against a tough opponent in likely favourite Tiggy Wiggy.

Richard Hannon’s filly returns to Knavesmire to avenge her May defeat here against Patience Alexander, who has done little since, but again takes up the challenge.

A fascinating contest. Anthem Alexander could shake them all up too. Turpin likes to look for value, so opts to oppose Tiggy Wiggy. Could Sulaalat represent a decent longshot?

Win: Cursory Glance (Nap); EW: Anthem Alexander; Longshot: Sulaalat


No such thing as a confident selection all day – and this one mile contest is a tough one. Seven of the 20 runners have sound claims. But Turpin reckons Short Squeeze may relish the return to Knavesmire after a promising fourth last month. Top Notch Tonto, Bronze Angel and Parbold all have good opportunities.

Win: Short Squeeze; EW: Top Notch Tonto; Longshot: Parbold


What will come second to John Gosden’s flying machine Taghrooda? Barring disaster – or a poor pace in such a small field – the cripplingly short-priced favourite looks to be unopposable for the Yorkshire Oaks. Only Tapestry and Venus De Milo hold any hope of a place.

Win: Taghrooda; EW: Tapestry; Longshot: Venus De Milo


Turpin hears whispers from many sources – and all the whispers here are for the great work that Arabian Comet has been doing at home at William Haggas’s yard.

The bad news is that Turpin’s whisperer has told everyone else. So the Dubawi-sired filly is likely to go off favourite.

But at reasonable (3-1/4-1) price, as there are others with good claims, including Noble Protector and the lightly-raced Starlet.

Win: Arabian Comet (NB); EW: Noble Protector; Longshot: Starlet


How Turpin loves a cavalry charge to finish the day. Twenty fillies line up for this highly competitive seven-furlong contest. For a real run for your money, look no further than Sir Michael Stoute’s in-form Bragging.

Dutch Rose (Tudhope/ O’Meara) returns to try to win for the second year running, and may just have enough in the tank to be there at the finish. Enraptured and Sparkle Factor should be, as we say here at YorkMix Towers, in the mix too.

Win: Bragging; EW: Dutch Rose; Longshot: Enraptured


From Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The tipsters' table, York Races, Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

TipsterDick TurpinRacing PostAt The RacesGG.comMirrorTelegraphThe TimesThe Guardian
1.55See The SunBogartRobot BoyMove In TimeJudge 'n JuryJudge 'n JuryRobot BoyMass Rally
2.30JamaicaBasateenMisleadingBasateenBasateenBasateenGrowl (nap)Basateen
3.05Kingston Hill (NB)Kingston HillKingston HillKingston HillKingston HillSnow Sky (nap)Kingston HillKingston Hill
3.40Australia (Nap)AustraliaAustraliaAustraliaMukhadramTelescopeThe Grey GatsbyMukhadram
4.20ItlaaqBantamItlaaqItlaaqItlaaqItlaaqQuest For More (nb)Spacious Sky
4.55Burnt SugarFelix LeiterBurnt SugarBurnt SugarFelix LeiterFelix LeiterIzzthatrightFelix Leiter

Turpin marks your card

There’s a tremendous opening card for the first day of the much-anticipated high point of York’s racing year, the Ebor Festival.

Derby winner Australia, and Derby runner-up, Kingston Hill are both on show, and should not be opposed.

Kingston Hill goes in the Great Voltigeur (3.05) and gives York racing fans a tremendous chance to witness the quality of this year’s crop of three-year-olds.

Excitement should be at fever pitch for the Juddmonte International Stakes (3.40) when the Epsom victor Australia is expected to show the dominance of all the progeny of 2001 Derby winner Galileo.

I reckon both those steeds will do Knavesmire proud and represent his two banker bets of the day. These likely short-priced favourites means that YorkMix‘s favourite highwayman and tipster Dick Turpin has had to delve even deeper than usual to find some other selections that represent good value and a chance to give the bookies a thrashing.

Here he goes…


This intriguing extended five-furlong opener should see Move In Time, Goldstream, Robot Boy and Mass Rally battling it out, but only for the minor places. The one Turpin reckons they will have to beat is See The Sun. The Easterby-Allan combination are at the top of their game right now, and the chestnut gelding does best when at Knavesmire, registering a narrow win against the useful Naadirr here in June.

Win: See The Sun; Each way: Move In Time; Longshot: Mass Rally


It’s hard to know just how good some of these very lightly raced youngsters are. Debut winners Growl and Misleading could be anything – and this is the race where we will start to discover exactly what! So, betting caution is advised. Preference is for the O’Brien charge Jamaica (a Galileo half-brother to Australia), whose performances in Ireland suggest the colt has a huge future. The high draw is a small bonus too. Basateen and Prince Gagarin may be best of the rest.

Win: Jamaica; EW: Basateen; Longshot: Prince Gagarin


The Great Voltigeur Stakes is always a race to savour. Ten runners are likely to go to post for this year’s mile and a half contest. But all eyes will be on Derby runner-up Kingston Hill. The likely short-priced favourite is clear top rated and is Turpin’s confident selection. The O’Brien partnership’s Granddukeoftuscany look to be the main threat, with Mark Johnston’s Hartnell and Sir Michael Stoute’s Snow Sky having sound claims for a place.

Win: Kingston Hill (NB); EW: Granddukeoftuscany; Longshot: Snow Sky


Don’t miss a moment of this race. Derby winner Australia is worth the price of admission alone, and Turpin expects him to trot up, albeit at odds-on. The most betting fun may be to try to pick the 1-2 forecast. Telescope, after sound runs at Chester and Ascot, is Turpin’s choice to fill that place. The danger may come from William Haggas’s Mukhadram.

Win: Australia (nap); EW: Telescope


Whatever happens in the preceding races, there would be no bigger cheer for any horse than if Knavesmire regular Itlaaq could take this testing two-mile event. The eight-year-old is the oldest horse in the race, but it may be a shade too much to ask of the game Easterby gelding who knows his way round Knavesmire better than any other horse here today. So, it’s a slightly sentimental selection; yet it’s hard to pick an obvious choice to oppose him. The Fanning-Johnston combination is well represented by Sir Frank Morgan, which would be a good value selection for a minor place. Dolphin Village, Big Thunder and Spacious Sky also should be in the shake-up, with the Fahey-Challoner charge (Dolphin Village), making most appeal for the runner-up slot.

Win: Itlaaq; EW: Dolphin Village; Longshot: Sir Frank Morgan


Turpin is hugely impressed with the strike rate of the Hannon-Hughes partnership, and their Burnt Sugar could deliver a welcome long-odds performance in the last race. Karl Burke’s Felix Leiter is an obvious danger after a good win at Yarmouth and an emphatic five-length victory at Nottingham a week ago. Top weight Maatmu (the Easterby-Allan combo) is a likely favourite and certain to be thereabouts. Bottom-weight Uptight may represent the best value in the race for a long-odds place.

Win: Burnt Sugar; EW: Felix Leiter; Longshot: Uptight


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the Music Showcase weekend 2014

Raring to race at the York music showcase

The tipsters' table, York Races, Saturday, July 26, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

TipsterDick TurpinAt The RacesGG.comTelegraphThe TimesThe GuardianDaily MailMirror
1.50KleoKleoKleoCosmic HaloKleoMaracujaCosmic HaloMaven
2.20Sir ReginaldShort SqueezeDutch RoseDutch RoseAlfred HutchinsonDutch RoseAlfred HutchinsonYeeoow
2.55DanadanaWindhoekWindhoekWindhoek (nb)Secret GestureLong JohnWindhoek (nb)Windhoek
3.30Muthmir (nb)MuthmirMuthmirLine Of ReasonMuthmirMuthmirMuthmirHitchens
4.05Gurkha FriendMercuryMercuryToocoolforschoolGurkha FriendValley Of FireMercuryPhoenix Storm
4.40See And Be SeenItlaaqSee And Be SeeItlaaqSee And Be SeenSee And Be SeenSee And Be SeenItlaaq
5.15Secret LiasonVentura ShadowSecret LiaisonVentura ShadowPillar BoxGolden ZephyrPillar BoxIndescribable

A fascinating card in prospect today (Saturday, July 26), with two particularly thrilling races standing out, writes our tipster Turpin. Just eight runners remain for the York Stakes (2.55) but at least six of them have a real live chance.

Immediately afterwards comes the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it thrill of the Skybet Dash (3.30), a 20-runner handicap that could throw up a real wild-card winner at tasty odds.


Luca Cumani’s useful Lingfield winner Kleo makes a strong appeal in the opener. Carnevale‘s June win at Newbury suggests the Beckett-trained filly may run the selection close. Maracuja is to be respected too, but longshot preference is for the Easterby mare, Maven, to fill a place at friendly odds.

Win: Kleo (Nap); EW: Carnevale; Longshot: Maven


It would be no surprise to see Alfred Hutchinson trot up after a series of promising outings here. But Turpin simply can not ignore the performance of Sir Reginald to finish fourth in the Scottish Stewards’ Cup at Hamilton a week ago.

Connections confirm that the six-year-old gelding sprouted wings a little too late, and 3lb-claimer George Challoner won’t be letting that happen again. Silent Bullet and Dutch Rose appeal for the minor places.

Win: Sir Reginald; EW: Alfred Hutchinson; Longshot: Dutch Rose


A mouthwatering race in prospect. Godolphin’s likely favourite Windhoek has the benefit of never-say-die jockey Kieron Fallon, but Turpin prefers the look of Luca Cumani’s Danadana, whose two runs this season suggest that healthy improvement is likely.

Secret Gesture will have her followers after a Nottingham win last month, but value-seekers may be better off by siding with the unpronounceable Sheikhzayedroad for the minor place.

Win: Danadana; EW: Windhoek; Longshot: Sheikhzayedroad


Hang on to your hats, folks. This six-furlong cavalry charge promises to be the spectacle of the day – and a very close finish is predicted.

The Fallon / Easterby combination with top-weight Hoof It may offer the best value in the race, with a place a strong possibility at tasty odds.

But the form points unmistakably towards just two: Muthmir and Line Of Reason.

Muthmir’s recent second at Newcastle went straight into the Turpin notebook for a major plunge next time out. But up against Line Of Reason, seeking a fourth consecutive win, (the high point being the beating Silvanus here a fortnight ago), the usually fearless Turpin is quaking a little.

So, moderate stakes all round. There is strong stable talk about Foxtrot Romeo, who rivals Hoof It in the shortlist for a good-value tilt at a place.

Win: Muthmir (nb); EW: Line Of Reason; Longshot: Hoof It


Again, betting caution is advised here, as always in maiden races with debutants. Kevin Ryan won this last year with Hot Streak, and the unraced Mercury could very well do the business again. The market may be the best guide.

Of the ones with form, Gurkha Friend is the stand-out choice for Turpin, having performed well for a second place in a similar-sized field at Hamilton on his debut last week. That track experience may be the difference between it and the other newcomers.

Third Time Lucky and Toocoolforschool both on a racecourse for only the second time, also made good showings on their debuts.

Win: Gurkha Friend; EW: Third Time Lucky; Longshot: Toocoolforschool


Look no further than the likely joint favourites, Itlaaq and See And Be Seen to battle it out for the honours in this intriguing two-mile event.

See And Be Seen is favoured off the lower mark, with Almagest the only other contender likely to spoil the party.

Win: See And Be Seen; EW: Itlaaq; Longshot: Almagest


Turpin’s heart says Richard Fahey’s Ventura Shadow might be the surprise package here, after touching off Pres Rapide here earlier this month.

But Turpin’s head says Secret Liaison‘s win at Thirsk in May showed all the hallmarks of a filly that would do well on the five-furlong Knavesmire course. Fahey’s other runner, Clouds Rest, is expected to be in the shake-up too.

Win: Secret Liaison; EW: Clouds Rest; Longshot: Ventura Shadow


From Friday, July 25, 2014

The tipsters' table, York Races, Friday, July 25, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

TipsterDick TurpinAt The RacesGG.comTelegraphThe TimesThe GuardianDaily MailMirror
6.00Joys Of SpringJoys Of SpringTop Of The GlasPlucky DipGreen ZoneJoys Of SpringJoys Of SpringJoys Of Spring
6.30SunraiderMon BravSunraiderMon BravArctic FeelingSunraiderVincenttiSunraider
7.00Kifaaya (Nap)KifaayaIntiwinKifaayaArcano GoldIntiwinKifaayaHoneysuckle Lil
8.00Miller Beach (nb)BartackBartackBartackBarren BrookBartackBartack (nap)Anderiego
8.30Dutch BreezeInnocentlyInnocentlyDutch BreezeInnocentlyCanyariInnocentlyTweety Pie

Summer evening racing is back on Knavesmire. A great night is in prospect with four competitive handicaps, a fascinating maiden race with six newcomers – not to mention the Beach Boys and Wet Wet Wet in the music showcase.

YorkMix‘s Dick Turpin has been hard at work getting the inside track information… Here are his verdicts


Top weight Joys Of Spring has sound claims following an excellent second at Windsor eleven days ago. That run suggested she has even more in the tank and is the firm choice to hold off Megan Carberry aboard distance-winner Top Of The Glas.

Despite two recent wins, Green Zone has still not been tested to the limit. Today might be the day.

But it would only take a small improvement to see the gelding trot up with Shelley Birkett defying the weight penalty.

Win: Joys Of Spring; Each Way: Top Of The Glas; Longshot: Green Zone


Another fascinating handicap. And, again, Turpin goes with the top weight, Sunraider. This is not a confident choice, however, as good claims can be made for at least five of this 15-runner field.

Mon Brav has his followers, but that recent seventh at Doncaster suggests he reached his limit there. Connections say that race should be disregarded as it was not run to suit him.

Turpin reckons the jury is still out, preferring to look more closely at Bosham, Vallarta, Majestic Dream, Ypres and Arctic Feeling to contest the places. Not a race to put your shirt on.

Win: Sunraider; EW: Vallarta; Longshot: Majestic Dream


This fascinating 13-runner maiden features half a dozen newcomers. That’s usually a signal for serious punters to take great care.

But Turpin thought he saw something special in Mark Johnston’s Kifaaya on his debut at Haydock earlier this month.

Fifth out of seven suggests there is much room for improvement; but the colt ran very green and by the time he got the hang of it the race was over.

Intiwin is the formbook danger, but Turpin believes the colt is somewhat one-paced and will lack the acceleration needed in that final furlong.

Turpin hears good things about Kevin Ryan’s debutant Swift Approval, who may make a bold showing. Sir Mark Prescott brings the unraced Celestial Path, and any market move should be noted.

Win: Kifaaya (Nap); EW: Swift Approval; Longshot: Celestial Path


Tasaday will be all the rage in the betting ring. On paper, he’s the form choice; but Knavesmire is turf not paper, and Turpin prefers the claims of Regardez, an eye-catching filly who impressed mightily when she romped home at Newcastle.

Regal Hawk or Wall Of Sound will battle for the minor places.

Win: Regardez; EW: Tasaday; Longshot: Wall Of Sound


David O’Meara comes strong-handed to this with a useful trio, Bartack, Anderiego and Berlusca.

Josh Doyle’s 7lb claim aboard Bartack could be the decisive factor. But Turpin’s Irish connections have been in touch about Miller Beach. One to watch, they said, gently tapping their noses.

Turpin gets the message. Simply Shining has shown enough so far to be worthy of attention, and Samantha Bell’s 5lb claim may be enough to give her a live chance.

Win: Miller Beach (nb); EW: Bartack; Longshot: Simply Shining


Innocently will be the likely favourite following a comfy win at Catterick. If escaping the stalls well, the O’Meara gelding will be very hard to peg back, but there’s a 7lb penalty to overcome.

Turpin has a preference for Dutch Breeze, after good showings at Thirsk, York and Ripon.

Top weight Lexington Abbey, fresh from victory at Nottingham, is hitting his best form right now and looks the biggest danger.

National Service looks good value for each-way backers looking for a nice price place.

Win: Dutch Breeze; EW: Lexington Abbey; Longshot: National Service


Who’ll win at York Races? Tips for the John Smith’s Cup Meeting 2014

Could be a close thing at York races… Photograph © Richard Towell on Flickr

The tipsters' table, York Races, Saturday, July 12, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

TipsterDick TurpinAt The RacesGG.comTelegraphThe TimesThe GuardianDaily MailThe Sun
1.40Royal RascalBronze AngelRoyal RascalNavajo ChiefMujazifRoyal RascalRoyal RascalBronze Angel
2.20Al SahamWailaAl SahamWailaGreat HallAl SahamWailaContinuum
2.55Bold Sniper (nb)Queensberry RulesBold SniperSennockian StarRed Avenger (nb)TahiraFarraaj (nb)Chancery
3.30Kingsgate Native (nap)G ForceKingsgate NativeG Force (nb)G ForceYork GloryG ForceG Force
4.05PolarisationFlaming SpearMattmuFlaming SpearMattmuPolarisationFlaming SpearFlaming Spear
4.40RhombusRhombusEagle RockRhombusBrockwellTappanappaEagle RockEagle Rock
5.15KibaarEpithetBahamian SunriseHonest Bob'sEpithetBahamian SunriseEpithetEpithet

On the first day of the meeting our tipster Turpin came up with two winners and two second places. How will the highwayman’s selections fare today?


Navajo Chief squeaked home over course and distance in May. This, though, looks altogether tougher, with Bronze Angel and Dusky Queen with sound claims.

But Turpin’s hard-won cash will be firmly on Easterby’s Royal Rascal, edging nicely into form with a good second at Newcastle just 14 days ago.

A decent price could see us off to a flying start. Hit The Jackpot, for the Tudhope/ O’Meara partnership, is well regarded and should give longshot backers a fine run for their money with a good chance of making the frame.

Win: Royal Rascal; EW: Dusky Queen; Longshot: Hit The Jackpot


A tantalising handicap, with Al Saham making most appeal. Two runs, two wins already this season, and Fallon up, what’s not to like about that?

Well, Waila for a start! The Stoute filly is a likely favourite and a clear threat.

But Turpin sides with Fallon to get the five-year-old Al Saham home. Top weight Shwaiman exudes class, but ten stone looks to be enough to keep him out of the frame.

Expect a good showing from Balding’s Debdebdeb on a handy ark of 9st 1lb.

Win: Al Saham; EW: Waila; Longshot: Debdebdeb


Can Sir Michael Stoute claim the honours in the feature race of the day with the exciting Bold Sniper? The step up in distance from Newmarket’s nine to Ascot’s ten furlongs saw this gutsy gelding move from third to a close second in his first two outings this year. Now it’s time for Moore to steer him one better.

Expect Clever Cookie, seeking a four-timer, and Farraaj to be in the shake-up.

It would be no surprise if Chancery was in on the action close home too.

Win: Bold Sniper (nb); EW: Farraaj; Longshot: Chancery


Kingsgate Native is Turpin’s idea of a solid investment.

Last year’s winning trainer, Robert Cowell, saw this offspring of Mujadi and Native Force make a bold showing at Sandown just seven days ago – and he is clearly ready to pounce, at the main expense of Mecca’s Angel and G Force.

Cowell’s other runner, Graphic Guest is not without a chance of making the frame.

Win: Kingsgate Native (nap); EW: Mecca’s Angel; Longshot: Graphic Guest


Surely, Easterby’s charge Maatmu must end his string of runner-up medals. Tipped off at Doncaster, Beverley and Carlisle, is he doomed to the same fate again?

Mark Johnston will be hoping so, as his Polarisation really caught the eye in his debut second at Southwell last month.

That experience will have done wonders – and he could be great value on Knavesmire.

With five of the field seeing a racecourse for the first time, there are too many unknown quantities to have anything more than a small flutter here. There is a strong whisper for the unraced Ryan/ Moore colt, Flaming Spear too.

Win: Polarisation; EW: Maatmu; Longshot: Flaming Spear


Turpin is a great believer in the old adage about handicaps: “If in doubt, back the top weight”. In this case, that would be Rhombus.

The Queally/ Mohammed entry did well with third places at both Ascot and Goodwood recently and should go well.

Hot Spice and Great Fighter make the most appeal of the rest. Nashville could be a lively outsider too.

Win: Rhombus; EW: Hot Spice; Longshot: Nashville


This looks made for the Fallon-Hills partnership. Kibaar impressed with a win at Ffos Las at the end of last month.

It was a small field, but the colt did more than enough to suggest there is much more to come.

Epithet is the obvious danger, following a good win at Newmarket. But his flop at Haydock, last time out, is a worry, and Turpin is leaving him out of calculations.

Sea Wolf appeals as a contender for the runner-up slot. Bahamian Sunrise has a decent chance of making the frame too.

Win: Kibaar; EW: Sea Wolf; Longshot: Bahamian Sunrise


Friday’s picks (July 11)

The tipsters' table, York Races, Friday, July 11, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

TipsterDick TurpinRacing PostAt The RacesGG.comTelegraphThe TimesThe GuardianDaily MailThe Sun
2.20JoyeuseLadies Are ForeverJoyeuseJoyeuseEmerald StarLadies Are Forever (nb)Ladies Are ForeverWillbemeLadies Are Forever
2.55Pres Rapide (nap)Pres RapidePres RapidePres RapidePres RapidePres RapidePres RapidePres RapidePres Rapide
3.30Saved By The BellLahaagPearl CastleKings FeteNicholascopernicusLahaagPearl CastleKiwayuKings Fete
4.05Da'QuondeFitz FlyerTop BoyTop BoyTop BoySoul BrotherFitz FlyerTop BoyDa'Quonde
4.40Bishop's Castle (nb)Muffin McLeayBishop's CastleRed WarriorBarren BrookBishop’s CastleRed WarriorBarren Brook (nap)Red Warrior
5.10NaggersAzagalNaggersNaggersBasil BerryShot In The SunShot In The SunShot In The SunShot In The Sun

Now the Tour de France has sped over the horizon, York Racecourse is on hand to provide the world class sport with the John Smith’s Cup Meeting (July 11-12). Here’s who our tipster Turpin is backing


Two looking to step up from debut seconds are Eye Glass and Maljaa. The Haydock performance of Maljaa impressed more than Eye Glass’s good Redcar showing, but there is very little between them, and a close finish is in prospect.

The forecast bet appeals strongly to Turpin, who is always on the lookout for value.

Turpin has also heard a strong whisper for the unraced Muhaarib Al Emarat, and any market move should be heeded.

Win: Maljaa; Each Way: Eye Glass; Longshot: Muhaarib Al Emarat


All but two of these fillies have won at this distance. It’s a wide open contest, and prudent staking is advised. It may pay to follow the market here. If that’s the case, expect a bold showing from Lady Cecil’s Joyeuse, with Emerald Star and Ladies Are Forever to fill the places.

Artistic Jewel appeals as a longshot selection that is just running nicely into form.

Win: Joyeuse; EW: Emerald Star; Longshot: Artistic Jewel


Turpin always likes to find a selection at long odds; but sometimes he just has to go for the obvious. Only a mug punter would oppose the likely favourite, Pres Rapide, a confident selection on the evidence of his comfortable win here last month. Take Dominic Cork or Stanghow to fill the places.

Win: Pres Rapide (nap); EW: Dominic Cork; Longshot: Stanghow


Bottom-weight Kings Fete is an obvious choice, but Turpin hates to do the obvious thing and will be looking to oppose the Michael Stoute colt. He impressed at Sandown two weeks ago and is clearly the one to beat.

But the likely short-priced favourite makes Turpin turn instead to Saved By The Bell, looking for a four-timer, following recent wins here and at Hamilton and Ripon. The O’Meara/ Tudhope partnership is formidable and could produce a nice-priced winner.

Recent York victor Pearl Castle is expected to go close too. Nicholascopernicus, a competitive second to Al Saham at Windsor last month, will be looking to improve on his poor showing at Knavesmire in May when he didn’t get the easiest of runs.

Win: Saved By The Bell; EW: Pearl Castle; Longshot: Nicholascopernicus


Likely favourite Line Of Reason is expected to run well. But Da’Quonde is just coming to her peak and is weighted to make a bold showing at a tidy price.

Top Boy, Algar Lad, Bondi Beach Boy and Soul Brother all have strong appeal in this highly competitive sprint handicap.

Win: Da’Quonde; EW: Top Boy; Longshot: Algar Lad


Can Micky Hammond repeat last month’s Knavesmire success with Only Orsenfoolsies?

We expect a bold showing, but this ten-furlong handicap is wide open and tailor-made for Bishop’s Castle, a recent second at Doncaster over a mile. The extra two furlongs should be enough to make all the difference.

Red Warrior, second at Windsor last month in a 1m 2f handicap, is expected to make the frame.

Win: Bishop’s Castle (nb); EW: Red Warrior; Longshot: Only Orsenfoolsies


Shot In The Sun was eye-catching at the Dante meeting and must be included in the shake-up. But Turpin reckons he saw something really special in Naggers on his second at Pontefract behind the handy Boy In The Bar a few days ago.

The jockey change (Brennan up instead of Lee) might be all that’s needed to get that little extra over the testing seven furlongs. Captain Midnight and Zain Empire are best of the rest

Win: Naggers; EW: Shot In The Sun; Longshot: Captain Midnight


Who’ll win at York Races: Saturday, June 14, 2014?

Crazy horses… Photograph © Frances A Spencer on Flickr
Crazy horses… Photograph © Frances A Spencer on Flickr

The tipsters' table, York Races, Saturday, June 14, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

TipsterDick TurpinRacing PostAt The RacesGG.comTelegraphThe TimesThe Guardian
2.05Tiger LillyCrackentorpKings BayonetPearl CastleRio's RosannaSaptapadiPearl Castle
2.40FlowFlowFuryFlowSpa's DancerFurySweet Lightning
3.15Fencing (Nap)Guest Of HonourDutch RoseFencingDutch RoseGuest Of HonourLockwood
3.50Eastern ImpactDanzenoBetimesDanzenoEastern ImpactCharles Molson (nb)Almargo
4.25Dakota CanyonAnderiegoBishop's CastleRun Fat Lass RunDakota CanyonSophisticate HeirSophisticated Heir
5.35Line Of ReasonMaster BondMaster BondMon BravMon BravDark CastleBachoteque

Turpin was on cracking form on Friday (June 13), tipping three winners: Press Rapide (5/6), Connecticut (6/4) and Saved By The Bell (4/1). One of his seven tipped horse was a non-runner, but three out of six is an excellent haul by any standard.

Can he do the same today?

Turpin marks your card

Could this be Malton trainer Richard Fahey’s big day? Turpin certainly believes it might. A double, treble or even a four-timer are on the cards…


I fully expect the estimable Richard Fahey to open his account with bottom-weighted Tiger Lilly, who impressed mightily on her debut win at Thirsk last month. Likely favourite Pearl Castle is an obvious danger, as is King’s Bayonet.

Could Fahey’s Mica Mike scrape a place at long odds? Possible, reckons Turpin.

Win: Tiger Lilly; EW: Kings Bayonet; Longshot: Mica Mika


Tremendously competitive extended mile handicap with at least seven of the 13 runners with good claims. Flow and Fury should be battling it out, with Tarikhi a possible contender for Kieron Fallon, but the lack of a race so far this season rules him out for Turpin.

Could Maven spring a surprise for the Easterby yard? That’s possible too.

Win: Flow; EW: Fury; Longshot: Maven


Is a mile the answer for likely favourite Lockwood? The Fallon-bin Suroor charge should always be respected, but something tells Turpin that the distance is a step too far, especially against Frankie Dettori aboard the Gosden flying machine, Fencing. The ground should suit… and promising outings at Windsor and Ascot suggest that today might be the day for it all to come good.

So, we are taking a chance and ignoring Lockwood and pinning everything on Frankie. Guest Of Honour has strong appeal on the strength of an early-season fourth at Doncaster.

Win: Fencing (Nap); EW: Guest Of Honour; Longshot: Dutch Rose


This race might be best enjoyed as a spectacle, rather than a chance to trouser some of the bookies’ lovely lolly.

Turpin takes Eastern Impact to add to the Fahey account, largely on the strength of the narrow defeat of Fear Or Favour at Newmarket a couple of weeks ago. Danzeno is an obvious choice too, but might not represent good value in a very wide-open red hot sprint.

Mick Channon’s Kickboxer is Turpin’s idea of an improving horse that could spring a big surprise at very long odds.

Win: Eastern Impact; EW: Danzeno; Longshot: Kickboxer


Again, Mr Fahey looks to have a strong hand here with Dakota Canyon; a number of recent second-place runs is, admittedly, a concern. But there’s nowhere better than Knavesmire to make a big statement.

It would be a natural progression from very good recent runs at Hamilton, Beverley and Carlisle. The Easterby-trained gelding, Barren Brook, has a sound claim after last month’s Nottingham victory. The main question here is whether the extended mile is a tad short for him.

Win: Dakota Canyon (nb); EW: Barren Brook; Longshot: Cool Music


Turpin expects the Fahey yard to have a great day. But, strangely, in this 10-runner event, where the Malton trainer saddles no fewer than five mounts, your favourite highwayman expects him to lose out to Middleham’s Mark Johnston whose Pallister looks the right sort for this competitive six-furlong maiden event.

Fahey’s likely favourite, Intiwin, and Super Quick make most appeal from his nap hand of entries.

Win: Pallister; EW: Intiwin; Longshot: Super Quick


Kieron Fallon is just the man to get Line Of Reason home here, at the main expense of Commanche and likely favourite Mon Brav. Ella’s Delight caught the eye with a Doncaster win last month and looks the best long-odds chance.

Win: Line Of Reason; EW: Commanche; Longshot: Ella’s Delight


June 13, 2014

Who’ll win at York Races, Friday, June 13, 2014?

The tipsters' table, York Races, Friday, June 13, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

TipsterDick TurpinRacing PostAt The RacesSunGG.comTelegraphThe TimesThe Guardian
2.00Pres RapidePres RapidePres RapidePres RapideAl GomryPres RapideAl GomryAl Gomry
2.30ConnecticutArabian CometConnecticutConnecticutTabreekConnecticutConnecticut (nap)Arabian Comet (nap)
3.05Penny RaceBinky BlueStudio StarAtreusStudio StarAtreusPenny RaceStudio Star
3.40Kalk Bay (Nap)Dubai HillsEscape To GloryDusky QueenDusky QueenSmarty SocksKalk BayEscape To Glory
4.10Royal RascalLove IslandMaid A MillionLove IslandLove IslandRoyal RascalMisplaced FortuneRocksilla
4.40PhaenomenaGrandorioPhaenomenaPhaenomenaBin SingspielTotalizeDr IrvGrandorio
5.15Saved By The Bell (nb)Saved By The BellSaved By The BellSioux ChieftainSaved By The BellHigh OfficeHigh OfficeProphesy

Turpin marks your card

YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin returns sporting something of a suntan, thanks to a well-earned break paid for by the bookies from his four-winner haul on the final day of the Dante meeting. Can he do as well for the two-day June meeting?


Don’t be surprised if the winner comes from one of the five unraced entries in this maiden race. Likely favourite Pres Rapide makes most appeal on the strength of a good second on his debut at Mussleburgh. But money talks too – and the 150,000-guinea newcomer Al Gomry looks a likely contender for Richard Fahey, and is likely to make a good showing.

Fast Lola appeals to fill the third place slot.

Win: Pres Rapide; EW: Al Gomry; Longshot: Fast Lola


Arabian Comet has solid claims, but faces stiffer opposition than ever before. Tabreek and Connecticut look the likeliest rivals, with Andrea Atzeni’s mount for Luca Cumani looking like my idea of the winner. The Rock Of Gibraltar connection to Peter Chapple-Hyam’s Farquhar earns the colt a vote to challenge for a place at nice odds.

Win: Connecticut; EW: Arabian Comet; Longshot: Farquhar


Studio Star, Izzthatright and Cafe Cortado will vie for favouritism. But it is Mick Channon’s newcomer, Penny Race, that will carry the weight of Turpin’s bid for a big-priced winner. A fascinating contest is in store.

Win: Penny Race; EW: Studio Star; Longshot: Izzthatright


Smarty Socks landed the spoils for the Tudhope-O’Meara partnership last year and would be a popular winner if they can repeat that feat. But it’s a tougher task this time, with strong claims from recent course and distance Dante winner Dusky Queen and Marco Botti’s Foxtrot Romeo.

But Turpin always likes to take a chance, and plumps instead for the highly promising Kalk Bay which carries the hopes of the Easterby-Gibbons partnership. Something tells this old highwayman that a big career is just starting to get going.

Win: Kalk Bay (Nap); EW: Escape To Glory; Longshot: True Pleasure


The market will be the strongest indicator here, with solid claims from both Love Island and Royal Rascal, narrowly favoured by Turpin. If you are seeking an upset at very long odds, David Elsworth’s Maid A Million might be the one to do it.

Win: Royal Rascal; EW: Love Island; Longshot: Maid A Million


Sometimes there’s no avoiding a favourite. Phaenomena fits the bill, and it’s hard to see anything stopping the top weight Galileo filly from scooping this 1m6f handicap.

Win: Phaenomena; EW: Bin Singspiel; Longshot: Dr Irv


Don’t disappear before the last race. Saved By The Bell is a confident choice, after Turpin witnessed its super win at Ripon just a few days ago. When a horse runs into form do not oppose. Sam James should trot up for a three-timer on this clear top-rated O’Meara gelding.

Win: Saved By The Bell (nb); EW: Pertemps Networks; Longshot: Harmonic Lady


Who’ll win at York Races, Dante Festival, day three – May 16, 2014?

And they're off… Photograph: York Racecourse
And they’re off… Photograph: York Racecourse

The tipsters' table, York Races, Friday, May 16, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

TipsterDick TurpinRacing PostAt The RacesSunGG.comTelegraphThe TimesThe Guardian
1.45Don't Tell AnnieTiggy WiggyDon't Tell AnnieTiggy WiggyTiggy WiggySaristaDon't Tell AnnieTiggy Wiggy
2.15Arab SpringArab SpringArab SpringArab Spring (nb)Arab SpringItlaaqChanceryAmralah
2.45Gospel ChoirTac de BoistronGospel ChoirTac de BoistronTac de BoistronCamborneTiger Cliff (nap)Seal Of Approval
3.50G ForceG ForcePiazonPiazonPiazonG ForceG Force (nb)G Force
4.25Dusky Queen (nb)Dusky QueenTight FitDusky QueenTight FitPatrona ClanaAlice's DancerTight Fit
5.00Latin CharmLatin CharmLatin CharmLatin CharmLatin CharmRite To ReignRite To Reign


Turpin’s tips for day three

Sir Michael Stoute brings a strong entry to York today, and no-one would be surprised if the grand campaigner walked off with a double or even a treble. Arab Spring (2.15) and Gospel Choir (2.45) both have outstanding chances, as does Radiator (3.15).


It might be a mistake to ignore both Tiggy Wiggy and Patience Alexander in the first race. They are likely to head the betting, and they do have a great chance.

But Turpin is all about value for money. And few come better qualified in that regard than Don’t Tell Annie, who caught the eye with an easy win at Pontefract, beating horses that have further stamped the form.

Sarista deserves inclusion in consideration for her promising win at Ripon, and is clearly destined for big things.

Exentricity appears held on her second to Tiggy Wiggy at Salisbury 12 days ago, but Mick Channon clearly rates her, and William Twiston-Davies will give this good value outsider a genuine chance of a place.

Win: Don’t Tell Annie; EW: Sarista; Longshot: Exentricity


Arab Spring makes huge appeal – and will be carrying half of Turpin’s betting money for the day.

Whilst Turpin always tries to avoid the obvious choices, this likely short-priced favourite can not be ignored, after a great maiden win at Kempton followed by a Doncaster success, both at ten furlongs.

The extra two furlongs here suggest Sir Michael has supreme confidence in the staying power of this son of Monsun – and classic targets beckon.

Take your pick for the places, Amralah, Itlaaq or Chancery, with Shalaman also worth consideration at a lengthy price.

Win: Arab Spring (Nap); EW: Amralah; Longshot: Shalaman


Glen’s Diamond returns to the scene of his Yorkshire Cup victory last year. Connections are quietly optimistic, but Richard Fahey’s charge faces much bigger rivals this time.

Gospel Choir (Sir Michael Stoute again), and Tac De Boistron are Turpin’s idea of the winner and runner-up.

If the ground softens further, it would favour Tac De Boistron more. Seal Of Approval could be a value choice for a place.

Win: Gospel Choir; EW: Tac De Boistron; Longshot: Seal Of Approval


Will the extra furlong make all the difference for Sir Michael Stoute’s Radiator, beaten last year (in the Oh So Sharp Stakes) by subsequent 1,000 Guineas winner Miss France?

Confidence is high among connections, but Turpin takes a contrary view, and reckons Qawaasem has an outstanding chance to impress here. Pelerin and Folk Melody appeal too.

And Adhwaa and Azagal both vie for longshot claims.

Win: Qawaasem; EW: Pelerin; Longshot: Adhwaa


A sparkling five-furlong 20-runner contest. A good case could be made for at least eight of these, with Turpin plumping for G Force, and planning to avoid the betting ring for this difficult-to-judge race, and will savour the spectacle from the stands.

Win: G Force; EW: Piazon; Longshot: Outer Space


After the distractions of the earlier races, don’t ignore this seven-furlong sparkler which may be a straight contest between Dusky Queen and Tight Fit.

Tight Fit is bang in form, and the question here is whether course-and-distance winner Dusky Queen is right on the day. A fascinating tussle is on the cards.

Patrona Ciana and Alice’s Dancer are the best of the rest.

Win: Dusky Queen (nb); EW: Tight Fit; Longshot: Alice’s Dancer


Latin Charm is an easy choice for this final race of the meeting.

Whilst John Gosden’s top-weight Votary has sound claims, and Innocent Touch and Mairise can not be easily ignored either, Turpin takes Marco Botti’s charge to step up from his ten-furlong second at Doncaster last month.

Win: Latin Charm; EW: Mairise; Longshot: Votary

Turpin’s tipping verdict, day two

Day Two at Knavesmire was something of a bookies’ benefit again!

With no favourites winning (or even coming second) in the first six Jackpot races, and 16-1 outsiders coming first and second in the last, the only joy for Turpin came with longer-priced winners Navajo Chief 15-2 and Shamson (9-1), the highwayman’s each-way and longshot selections scoring for Fallon and Dettori.

The national tipsters fared far worse. From 56 selections (eight tipsters, seven races) only six were winners.

Unsurprisingly, the Jackpot was not won, and a whopping £25,585 is carried forward to today. The Placepot of £1,473 reflects just how hard it was to find any selection to make the frame.

Can Turpin come good on the final day of the Dante meeting? Black Bess certainly hopes so. She is running low on oats, and Turpin’s funds are so low that he may have to resort to his former career.


Thursday 15th May 2014

Who’ll win at York Races, Dante Festival, day two – May 15, 2014?

Turpin’s tips for day two

Could this be Kieren Fallon’s day? He’s on board likely favourite True Story in the six-runner feature race, the Betfred Dante Stakes at 2.45, writes YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin.

It is hard to make out a stronger case for any of his other high quality rivals there.

Fallon also has two other promising rides in Desert Law (1.45) and Navajo Chief (3.15).


What a great way to start Dante Day! A 20-runner cavalry charge over a sharp five furlongs.

Desert Law might get Fallon off to a flyer at a good price.

But the vote goes to Jason Hart on board Thirsk trainer David Barron’s Long Awaited, an encouraging fourth just a fortnight ago on his seasonal reappearance at Goodwood.

Ballesteros, Ashpan Sam and Judge ‘n’ Jury should also be in the shake-up. Ballesteros should emerge best of that bunch.

Win: Long Awaited; EW: Ballesteros; Longshot: Desert Law


Little chance of Fallon scoring here on Sinaadi, a clear 50-1, even a 100-1, outsider.

Turpin’s idea of the winner comes in the shape of Thistle Bird (Frankie Dettori), with Secret Gesture (Jamie Spencer on board) likely to be snapping at his heels.

Expect a good showing from Tom Queally’s mount, The Lark, who could spring a nice surprise at tasty odds.

Win: Thistle Bird; EW: Secret Gesture; Longshot: The Lark


The feature race looks made for Saeed bin Suroor’s True Story.

Kieren Fallon can be relied on for a great steering job, at the main expense of the Dettori/ Hannon entry, Bunker, coming to York after 277 days without a race.

Win: True Story (Nap); EW: Bunker


Form is everything, and Ingleby Angel is Turpin’s idea of a horse coming to its best.

Finishing fifth and second in his first two outings this year, the five-year-old gelding may be well down the handicap, but Helmsley’s David O’Meara is a good judge, and this mile could be the perfect race for him.

He gets the nod over likely joint favourite, Fort Bastion. The other expected joint favourite, Queensberry Rules may be in need of the race.

And there is always Kieren Fallon, waiting in the wings to pounce with good-priced longshot Navajo Chief.

Win: Ingleby Angel; EW: Fort Bastion; Longshot: Navajo Chief


Being something of a Beatles fan, Turpin is highly amused by the name Hay Chewed (say it quickly, folks), but can the outsider win this?

And the answer comes: “Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na…”

This highwayman will be siding with David Elsworth’s flying machine, Justice Day. The long lay-off is a slight worry, but the clear top-rated colt is money in the bank, we hope.

Shamson should trot up for the minor place in this small field.

Win: Justice Day (next best); EW: Shamson


Turpin will be watching this one from the comfort of the bar and having absolutely no bet. Nine runners of which eight will be seeing a racecourse for the first time, you’d be mad to put money on this.

The only one with experience, Portamento makes little appeal on last month’s fifth at Newmarket over five furlongs.

The extra furlong here will help. But there are surely one or two others of higher quality.

But if Turpin’s life depended on it (and, in times past, it surely has), his swag would be on Gaudy (Jamie Spencer up) to upset the likely favourite Silver Ranger, the hope of Ryan Moore and Richard Hannon.

Last year’s winning trainer, Richard Fahey, saddles Bond’s Choice, a nice-looking chestnut filly that gets the benefit of George Chaloner’s 3lb claim, and could spring a nice surprise.

Win: Gaudy; EW: Bond’s Choice


A great race to end the day on. Eighteen runners and at least six of them in with a realistic chance.

Take your pick from Cape Tribulation, Calculated Risk, Albert Bridge, Hidden Justice, Suraj and Entihaa.

And there could yet be a surprise at long odds. Albert Bridge‘s eye-catching third at Salisbury just 11 days ago is a great pointer to a horse running into form.

Longshot choice is between Mr Snoozy or Dettori’s mount, Man Of Plenty.

Win: Albert Bridge; EW: Calculated Risk; Longshot: Mr Snoozy

Turpin’s tipping verdict, day one

One has only to look at the Placepot dividend – a whopping £1,860 – to see how tough it was to pick a placed horse – let alone a winner – on day one.

The withdrawal of much-fancied Mambo Paradise in the 4.25 put a dent in YorkMix tipster Turpin’s hopes too.

Tres Coronas (second at 11-1) and Fast Shot (a creditable fourth at 14-1) were the only bright spots that kept a disconsolate Turpin from penury. He was last seen edging his way towards Yates’s at Ouse Bridge.

By way of consolation, none of the nation’s top tipsters fared any better. Out of a total of 49 other tips (seven tipsters, seven races), only four were winners.

Better luck on Dante Day, we hope.


Who’ll win at York Races, May 14, 2014?

The tipsters' table, York Races, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

TipsterDick TurpinRacing PostAt The RacesSunGG.comTelegraphThe TimesThe Guardian
1.45Tres CoronasRye HouseRye HouseGrandorioRye HouseTres CoronasLahaag (nap)Grandorio
2.15Lancelot Du LacFast ShotFast ShotBlaineFast ShotBaccaratLancelot Du LacAetna
2.45Shama (Nap)Lily RulesShamaShamaShamaQueen Of IceQueen Of IceCambridge
3.15AstaireJack DexterMaarekTropics (Nap)Jack DexterTropicsAstaireBody And Soul (nb)
3.50SlemyThat Is The SpiritProvident SpiritIdeaProvident SpiritTea Leaf (nap)That Is The Life (nb)Tiger Twenty Two
4.25Mambo ParadiseCaptain ColbyMambo ParadiseMambo Paradise (nb)Mambo ParadiseMambo ParadiseMambo ParadiseMambo Paradise
5.00Mica MikaGabrial's StarGabrial's StarGabrial's StarGabrial's StarAstra HallRecession ProofGabrial's Star (nap)


York races are back!

And so is YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin, hoping to conduct some highway robbery on the bookies.

The three day Dante Festival (Wednesday, May 14 to Friday, May 16) kicks off a record-breaking season for York, with more than £6 million on offer in prize money.

And Dick Turpin is back with a swag bag full of great insight and tips for the first day of the three-day Dante meeting.

Turpin’s tips

Can it really be a whole year, my beauties, since I started sharing my top-notch information with YorkMix?

Indeed it is. And this year the Dante Festival curtain raiser welcomes back former champion jockey Frankie Dettori.

Here are my choices for day one…

A week of changeable weather may turn out to be the deciding factor on day one. The weekend weather was soggy enough to force postponement of the York City playoff match, so how has Knavesmire fared? Heavy going could make it all even more of a lottery than usual.

So, hoping for good ground and clear skies, here’s my verdict race-by-race.


A poignant renewal of the extended 1m 2f race won last year by Sir Henry Cecil’s First Mohican, just a month before the legendary trainer departed these gallops for the last time.

Of the three top weights, John Gosden’s five-year-old Lahaag looks likeliest to take the honours, but it’s a big ask on his seasonal debut. Tres Coronas could be the answer, with Rye House in the shake-up too.

My eye is also drawn to Rachel Richardson’s mount Maven. It’s a canny choice for the Easterby yard, and Rachel’s helpful 7lb claim may make all the difference in a very tricky race to judge.

My heart tempts me to plunge big-style on her for a win; but my head says, she could be a tasty 12-1 to 16-1 to fill that third place.

1.45 Win: Tres Coronas; EW: Lahaag; Longshot: Maven


It’s very hard to oppose Dean Ivory’s Lancelot Du Lac, winner here over seven furlongs last year. This shorter trip should suit too – and Jim Crowley’s mount is a solid selection.

Rachel Richardson is back again, this time with Fast Shot, a distinctly more fancied mount than her first race partner.

No one would be surprised to see the Easterby yard notch a sensational quick double, and a quick place double is even more likely. Malton’s Richard Fahey sends Baccarat into battle, and a good performance is expected at decent place odds.

Top weight Valbchek doesn’t usually get into his stride so early in the season, and is probably taking on too much at this stage of the year.

2.15 Win: Lancelot Du Lac; EW: Fast Shot; Longshot: Baccarat


The jockey-trainer combination of Ryan Moore and Sir Michael Stoute know exactly what’s needed over the 1m 2f of the Musidora Stakes. They did it last year with Liber Nauticus.

This year it’s the turn of Shama, my nap selection for the day; I fully expect the filly to surprise favourite-backers who will be hoping for Cambridge to make her seasonal debut in winning style.

After 224 days off the track, I can’t see it happening; Shama is fresh from a winning debut last month and I confidently expect to be celebrating with champagne later in the evening in The Three Tuns, York’s newly-crowned Pub Of The Year.

William Haggas is a good judge and his beautiful chestnut Queen Of Ice should give Shama a real run for her money.

2.45 Win: Shama (Nap) EW: Queen Of Ice


Will Astaire dance his way to victory in the Duke Of York Clipper Logistic Stakes? This 6f dash is the ideal trip – and I look no further than Moviesta or Jack Dexter to fill the places.

Black Bess tells me that there is a stable whisper for Eton Rifles too. It’s hard to see, but the likely 10-1 or more makes it a contender for some Turpin EW money.

3.15 Win: Astaire; EW: Moviesta; Longshot: Eton Rifles


All eyes will be on Frankie Dettori who has had a tough time over the last couple of years. We all make mistakes, none more so than yours truly.

The glory days are over, but, even at 43 years old, Frankie still has flashes of magic. His booking by Richard Hannon for Slemy in this race and Da Doo Run Run (for Brian Meehan) in the last race both catch the eye.

Provident Spirit and That Is The Spirit are obvious choices, with Tea Leaf a likely contender too.

But something tells Turpin that this might just be the day that Frankie makes a statement of intent for the season ahead.

3.50 Win: Slemy; EW: Provident Spirit; Longshot: Tea Leaf


Can anything rival Mark Johnson’s Mambo Paradise? Followers of Richard Hannon’s Magical Roundabout seem to think so.

They are likely to fill the first two slots in this small-runner 5f blink-and-you’ll-miss-it novice race.

4.25 Win: Mambo Paradise; EW: Magical Roundabout


An interesting last race in prospect over the testing mile and a half.

This race has thrown up some fascinating big-price winners over the years, but I don’t expect any major upset. Take Paul Hanagan on Mica Mika to just tip off Ryan Moore on the likely favourite Gabrial’s Star.

5.00 Win: Mica Mika; EW: Gabrial’s Star; Longshot: Astra Hall


Who to back at York Races: Saturday, July 13 2013

All's set fair for a great John Smith's Cup meeting at York Racecourse. Photograph: YorkMix
All’s set fair for a great John Smith’s Cup meeting at York Racecourse. Photograph: YorkMix

The tipsters' table, York Races, Saturday, July 13, 2013

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

RaceDick TurpinAt The RacesTelegraphSunDaily MailThe TimesGG.com
1.45The RectifierSnookyNorse BluesAnderiegoNine RealmsEutropiusNine Realms
2.20MontaserMontaserSongcraftMontaser (treble)GuaranteeMontaserMontaser
2.55Stencive (NB)NiceofyoutotellmeStar LahibNiceofyoutotellmeClon BruleeNiceofyoutotellme (nap)Niceofyoutotellme
3.30Heerat (Nap)HeeraatTangerine TreesHeeraatKingsgate ChoiceHeeraatKingsgate Choice
4.05The Grey GatsbyBahamian CBrazosBahamian CBahamian CBahamian CBahamian C
4.40Big Time BillyBig Time BillyBlue BajanBig Time BillyBig Time BillyBig Time BillyBig Time Billy
5.15NeighbotherMr MatthewsLanarkLanarkLanarkMr MatthewsSearchlight


Ever since it was first run in 1960, the John Smith’s Cup (2.55pm) has had a story to tell; 2011’s winner, Green Destiny, went on to win two Group 3 races including one on the Knavesmire.

Who will land the £150,000 prize and unique Wedgwood trophy this year? Use our tipsters’ table to guide you. Our own man in the know, Dick Turpin, has gone for Stencive.

In the past finding the answer has produced some of the biggest gambles to hit the bookmakers; the roar when the favourite hits the front is spine tingling.

To celebrate the occasion, RAF Linton-on-Ouse carry out a flypast over the Knavesmire using its Tucano aircraft. Look to the skies at 1.25pm this year.


From Friday, July 12

Who to back at York Races: Friday, July 12

The tipsters' table, York Races, Friday, July 12, 2013

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks

RaceDick TurpinAt The RacesTelegraphSunDaily MailThe TimesGG.com
1.50Royal MezyanRoyal MezyanRoyal Mezyan (nb)Royal MezyanRoyal MezyanRoyal MezyanRoyal Mezyan
2.25RestiadargentRosdhu QueenBody And SoulRosdhu QueenBody And SoulBody And SoulRosdhu Queen
2.55Lord ClydeInnocentlyViva VerglasInnocentlyClassical DivaRosebay CoralViva Verglas
3.30Warlu Way (nb)KiwayuWarlu WayBridle BellBollin GretaNantonWarlu Way
4.05Lady GibraltarDemoraLady GibraltarDemoraDemoraPonty AcclaimDemora
4.40Size    MavenChristmas LightChristmas LightEltheebChanceryMaven
5.10Noble Deed (nap)Noble DeedLord AshleyNoble DeedNoble DeedNoble DeedNoble Deed


There’s a fascinating day’s racing in store at York.
Just the kind of challenge YorkMix‘s tipster Dick Turpin loves

As The John Smith’s Cup Meeting gets underway, Turpin has skilfully picked the best bets for all seven races. His nap selection is Noble Deed (in the 5.10) with Warlu Way (3.30) his next best.


Not much point in opposing the likely favourite, Royal Meyzan. William Haggas’s charge impressed with a sixth in the Norfolk Stakes, and this extra distance will suit. Watch the betting market for unknown quantity, the unraced Noble Asset. It could spring a surprise, having attracted attention at the sales. Looking for an exciting runner with an outside chance of a win? Consider Mick Channon’s impressive Deeds Not Words.



Don’t be surprised to see Haggas’s stablemates Rosdhu Queen and Restiadargent battling it out close home. There is little between them, so the smart money may be on Restiadargent, representing better value. It may come down to superior jockeyship, and Turpin’s cash will be on Tudhope, up on Restiadargent.



Viva Verglas will be all the rage. Rightly so, but this dandy highwayman doesn’t believe in following the crowd. I’ll be going large on Lord Clyde, who should represent excellent value in this small field.



It’s a brave punter who opposes a Tim Easterby runner trying to repeat a previous year’s success. So Bollin Greta will have her followers. The canny handicapper has given the eight-year-old mare a real chance off bottom weight, but surely there are at least two other runners that can beat her home. Black Bess has heard a stable whisper, well, more of a stable snort actually, about Warlu Way, trained by an Easterby too… but this time it’s Tim’s uncle Mick who I expect to take the honours. Last month’s Queen Mother’s Cup winner, Nanton, could prove to be the biggest danger.



Even reckless Dick Turpin has to advocate caution sometimes. So tread carefully on this tricky contest, which may provide a real opportunity for a decent-priced winner. Rock Of Gibraltar offspring Lady Gibraltar fits the bill in this five-furlong handicap. A decent case could also be made for several, including Demora, Ponty Acclaim, Fitz Flyer and Tax Free. Of those, the superior jockeyship of Robert Winston gives Ponty Acclaim the edge.



Will it be Helmsley or Malton? David O’Meara comes mob-handed with the likely favourite, Chancery, top weight Jo’Burg, and Almagest all representing his 60-horse yard at Helmsley Racing’s HQ at Nawton. But that 10st 6lb weight looks likely to pin Jo’Burg down by the time they enter the straight. With Almagest is a proposition for a place, Chancery is the one to beat. But Turpin reckons he is beatable, and Malton’s Richard Fahey may have the answer in Size. A fascinating contest in prospect… but don’t be surprised if Thirsk’s Dandy Nicholls spoils the party with Daddy Warbucks at very long odds.



If you’ve still got funds left by Race Seven, give me a call; I’d like to know your secret! Whatever is left in Turpin’s pocket come the off, all will be going on Noble Deed. Anything better than even money, and I’ll be plunging. Jontleman may pick up the minor place. Could round off a memorable treble for William Haggas.

Worth waiting for. Noble Deed is my bet of the day.
Next best is Warlu Way in the 3.30.

Who to back at York Races: Dante Festival 2013, day three

Could you be on to a winner at York races this weekend? Photograph: York Racecourse
More winners for Turpin at York Races today? Photograph: York Racecourse

As predicted, it was almost impossible for anyone to pick a winner on Thursday, Day Two of the Dante Meeting.

The feature race of the day, the Betfred Dante Stakes fell to 33-1 outsider Libertarian, with favourite Indian Chief trailing in third.

Other races saw 12-1, 14-1 and 16-1 winners, with only Dalkala (2-1 fav) in the Middleton Stakes, and Parbold (10-3fav) in the last race providing any respite for rain-lashed punters.

After his elation at scoring a 185-1 tricast on Day One (see below), YorkMix racing insider Dick Turpin was among the thousands who departed Knavesmire with dreams dashed and pockets empty yesterday.

Today, the prospects for punters are much better.

Here are Dick Turpin’s selections for the seven-race card.

Win: Beldale Memory

2nd: Quatuor
Longshot (e.w.): Lexington Rose

Win: Sir John Hawkwood (nap)

2nd: Easy Terms
Longshot (e.w): Crackentorp

Win: Top Trip

2nd: Joshua Tree
Longshot (e.w): Quiz Mistress

Win: How’s Life

2nd: Pavlosk
Longshot (e.w): Pearl Sea

Win: Mayfield Girl

2nd: Dutch Masterpiece
Longshot (e.w): Piper’s Note

Win: Rye House (n.b.)

2nd: Take Two
Longshot (e.w): Narcissist

Win: Rundell

2nd: Mombasa
Longshot (e.w): Buckstay

by YorkMix on May 16, 2013

Who to back at York Races: Dante Festival 2013, day two

YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin hasn’t been seen in the office for several hours after celebrating his amazing 185-1 Tricast success in the first race of the Dante Meeting.

His selection, First Mohican, trotted up at 3-1; his next best choice was Lahaag, which followed First Mohican home at 9-2; and his Longshot suggestion, Eastern Destiny, filled the third place slot at a whopping 16-1.

The tricast paid a wallet-fattening £186.66 to a £1 stake. At which point Mr Turpin fell off the YorkMix radar. He was seen soon after at the bookie’s pay-out window trousering bagfuls of readies before heading for the stables where loyal mount Black Bess awaited.

He was last seen, riding back to town, aiming for Shaun Collinge’s legendary hostelry, The Maltings, in Tanner’s Moat.

He didn’t stay long enough at the Knavesmire to see his third race selection Liber Nauticus give the bookies another pounding, albeit at modest odds of 4-6.

He also registered success in the fourth race. Though his main selection was unplaced, his next best, Society Rock, finished first at 10-1, with his long-shot, Gordon Lord Byron, finishing a creditable third, at 7-1.

The Dante highwayman did manage to stay conscious long enough to send the following tips back by carrier pigeon to the YorkMix aerie high above Petergate.

Here are his suggestions for Thursday’s racing, a much trickier day to pick a winner, says Dick. So don’t go too mad.

Win: Cheworee (nb)

EW: Jamaican Bolt
Longshot: Stone Of Folca

Win: Starscope

EW: Dalkala
Longshot: Lady’s First

Win: Greatwood (Nap)

EW: Windhoek

Win: Fort Bastion

EW: Two For Two
Longshot: Justonefortheroad

Win: Morawij

EW: Fire Eyes

Win: Exceed And Exceed

EW: Tanseeb
Longshot: Sleeper King

Win: Mashaari

EW: Cape Tribulation
Longshot: The Fun Crasher

Who’ll win at York Races today: Dante Festival 2013, day one

Who'll win? Just ask Mr T. Photograph: Visit York/Kippa Matthews
Who’ll win? Just ask Mr T. Photograph: Visit York/Kippa Matthews

The tipsters' table, York Races, May 15, 2013

Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks
Dick TurpinFirst MohicanComptonLiber Nauticus (Nap)Tickled PinkSirvinoExtortionistDream Maker
Sporting LifeClaytonSecret WitnessWoodland Aria (Nap)MinceOpera BoxHaikbidiacLine Of Reason
At The RacesLahaagNocturnLiber NauticusTickled PinkCockney SparrowPeniaphobiaRobot Boy
The SunRuscelloYork GloryLiber Nauticus (nap)Swiss SpiritDiscovery BayExtortionistRobot Boy
GuardianSilvery MoonTax FreeWoodland Aria (nap)MinceDiscovery BayExtortionistGeorge Rooke
Daily MailLahaagYork GloryWoodland AriaLadies Are ForeverNovirakHaikbidiac (nb)Khelman
TelegraphFirst Mohican (nb)El VientoLiber NauticusMinceOpera BoxExtortionistRobot Boy
GG.comLahaagNocturnLiber NauticusMinceGuisingSteventon StarLine Of Reason


YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin is back. Wednesday sees the start of the Dante three-day meeting at York – and the notorious highwayman has been out a-haunting the gallops to glean some inside information

Good morrow my pretties. There’s no time to linger, as I have an appointment at Tyburn.

A good day’s racing is in prospect on Wednesday, and you can start straight away with the 1.45 race, a testing handicap over a mile and a quarter.

First Mohican will bear the added weight of my money, but I fear that Lahaag my well give my choice a difficult time. And my trusty Black Bess has heard a stable whisper – straight from the horse’s mouth – that long-shot, Eastern Destiny, is determined to surprise the field.

In the second race at 2.15, poor old Secret Witness is up against it, carrying a 9lb penalty for recent success – and can probably be discounted. Look no further than Compton to delight. If you fancy an each-way flutter, take a chance on Mississippi. Sadly, much as I would love the beautifully named York Glory to romp home, only an incurable romantic would put their money there.

The 2.45 will feature my bet of the day. Only six runners – and five of them will have a lovely view of Liber Nauticus‘s hindquarters as they trail in her wake. She won’t be a big price, but I expect her to give a galloping lesson to Indigo Lady, with recent Cheshire Oaks winner Hollowina left with something to prove next time out.

Now for the main event of the Day, the Duke of York’s Stakes, at 3.15.

I shall be watching nearby (counting my winnings from the 2.45), and just out of reach of the lawmen, to see what promises to be the day’s most thrilling battle. Of course, top performer, the unfortunately named Mince (sponsored by Asda, no doubt) will be all the rage after her four wins in a row at the end of last season.

That speaks volumes, and no one would be surprised if Mince does trot up – at shortish odds. But this is York – and York can be relied on to spring a surprise. Of the 18 runners, at least seven have strong claims. But the Turpin gold will be staying put, though I may risk a little Turpin silver or cupro-nickel on Tickled Pink or Society Rock. And Bess has heard a training-yard whisper for Gordon Lord Byron. She’s a good judge, so I may have a little dip there too.

I fully expect to be on my third bottle of champagne by the time the 3.50 handicap race starts. Sirvino is the pick for me, but Herostatus and Northside Prince have strong claims too, with Herostatus just edging it. And my long-shot? Why, Livia’s Dream, reminds me of a frisky filly I once squired. Ah… memories.

By the 4.25, I fully expect to have trousered so much money from the bookies that I may even have a flutter on a five furlong novice stakes race. All serious punters know that this is the time to go to the hostelry and make a note for the pocketbook. But I may be tempted to splash some cash on Innocently to gain the edge over Extortionist.

But I will be leaving the bar behind to make sure I catch the 5.00 finale, an exciting seven-furlong handicap.
I know the clever punters (if that is not an oxymoron) will be watching for market moves on Robot Boy and Mundahesh. The more astute will only be considering Dream Maker or African Oil. And I will be having a sentimental very long-odds bet on a nag that reminds me of my mis-spent youth, before my name was widely known. His name? Unknown Villain.

1.45 – Turpin’s tip: First Mohican; Next Best: Lahaag
Long-shot: Eastern Destiny
2.15 – Turpin’s tip: Compton; Next Best: Mississippi
Long-shot: York Glory
2.45 – Turpin’s tip: Liber Nauticus (Nap); Next Best: Indigo Lady
3.15 – Turpin’s tip: Tickled Pink; Next Best: Society Rock
Long-shot: Gordon Lord Byron
3.50 – Turpin’s tip: Sirvino; Next Best: Herostatus
Long-shot: Livia’s Dream
4.25 – Turpin’s tip: Go to the bar. If you must bet, then: Extortionist.
5.00 – Turpin’s tip: Dream Maker; Next Best: African Oil
Long-shot: Unknown Villain.

Turpin’s tips: Who’ll win the Grand National 2013?

Are you ready to back a winner in this year's Grand National? Photograph: Channel 4
Are you ready to back a winner in this year’s Grand National? Photograph: Channel 4
YorkMix tipster Dick Turpin has been studying the form of this year’s Grand National runners. Here is his report, fresh from a graveyard in York

Can Sunnyhillboy gain revenge for his agonisingly close second last year? Possibly… but my money will not be burdening his chances.

There’s no Neptune Collonges this year, as the 2012 winner has retired. But there are at least three or four others in the 40-strong field capable of spoiling the party for the 16-1 shot Sunnyhillboy with Ritchie Mclernon up.

Sure, he’ll be there or thereabouts, with a clear run, but my ill-gotten gains from the highwayman trade will be firmly on two other main selections.

I have decided to set aside the obvious chance of the wonderful Ruby Walsh who is widely expected to trot up at 7-1 on board the favourite On His Own. He was going well when he fell last year, but that is racing for you. With a clear round, nothing can beat him. But this is the National, and something interesting always happens.

So what are the two that I can’t separate?

Colbert Station, mount of the great A P McCoy. Currently 10-1 second favourite, this winner at Leopardstown at Christmas has all the right credentials to lift the prize. If you are triskaidekaphobic, don’t be put off by his racecard Number 13. The Ted Walsh-trained gelding will handle the distance and the going, and should keep me in porter and mead for another year.

And my second choice? Teaforthree, the current 14-1 ride for Nick Schofield, looks like one to be on. This fabulous animal, trained by Rebecca Curtis, has stamina to spare. Any horse that can win Cheltenham’s four-mile National Hunt Chase deserves respect. There have been a few near-misses and not-quite-fit performances on the road to Aintree, but when the time comes, the obvious class of Teaforthree will shine through.

And third place? None other than Colbert Station’s stablemate, Seabass. Finished third last year, and penalised by the handicapper for that, which seems a tad unfair to me, as he has never won over more than three miles. So it’s a mountain to climb, but Ted Walsh’s jockey daughter Katie (sister of Ruby) is up to the task, as long as Seabass can handle the extra weight. But third place looks likely again.

And which outsider has a chance of popping into fourth place at long odds?

There’s only one choice for this: Roberto Goldback, ridden by Barry Geraghty looks great value at 33-1 and I will have a few sovereigns riding on him too.

So, don’t be surprised if the final result is a family affair, with Ruby Walsh winning on the favourite On His Own, followed home by two horses trained by his father, Colbert Station and Seabass, the latter ridden by his sister.

But, ignoring the favourite, I think it will be like this:

1 Colbert Station
2 Teaforthree
3 Seabass
4 Roberto Goldback

I have also had a quick word with my beloved Black Bess who is never far from my heart. Bess has some inside information – straight from the horse’s mouth – which she has asked me to share.

She suggests you can confidently put a month’s worth of oats on Harry The Viking (each way, of course; Bess is no mug punter).

He’s taken a while to get into shape this year, but her connections tell Black Bess that Harry The Viking has been saving himself for the big day. At 40-1, that’s a lot of oats.

Who to back at the Press Family Raceday at York today

Could she be on a winner? Everyone is at the Press Family Raceday. Photograph: York Racecourse

What they’re tipping for York: Sunday September 9

Race 1.50 2.25 2.55 3.30 4.00 4.35 5.05
Dick Turpin Old Man Clegg Bapak Bangsawan Free Zone Lady Loch Lexington Bay Hamza King Kurt
York Press Asgardella (nap) Right Touch Mince Jawhar Up Ten Down Two Heeraat Vittachi
Sporting Life I’m Back AJ Cook Mince (nap) Scottish Star Lexington Bay Heeraat Veiled Applause
At The Races I’m Back Rivellino Mince Jawhar Lexington Bay Heeraat Standpoint
The Sun Waterway Run Right Touch Mince (nap) Jawhar Gabrial’s Star Heeraat Madrasa
Guardian Winged Icarus Rivellino Mince Robert The Painter Maid Of Meft Jack Dexter (nap) Dancing Primo
GG.com Asgardella Rivellino Mince Jawhar Gabrial’s Star Nassau Storm Standpoint

It’s the friendliest day of the sporting calendar, the Press Family Raceday. With the fantastic sunshine, thousands of mums, dads and kids will join veteran racegoers at York Racecourse for a mix of sport and fun.

There’s bouncy castles, face-painting, Peppa Pig and more to keep the youngsters happy. And the more grown up entertainment looks good too, with seven races on the card.

But who to back? Check our tipsters table for the experts’ view. This time they’re again joined by the YorkMix pundit Dick Turpin who has the hottest tips straight from Black Bess’s mouth.

Happy racing!