The tipsters’ table, York Races, Sunday, September 10, 2017Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks
|Tipster/ race||Dick Turpin||Sun||Sporting Life||At The Races||GG.co.uk||Daily Star||Punters’ Lounge|
|1.55||Lagenda (nb)||Garter||Jacob's Pillow||Royal Connoisseur||Lagenda||Roll On Rory||Art Echo|
|2.30||Innocent Touch||Indian Chief||Indian Chief||Hanseatic||Carnageo||Indian Chief (nb)||Innocent Touch|
|3.00||Lancelot Du Lac (nap)||Intisaab||Spiritual Lady (nap)||Downforce||Downforce||Steady Pace||Lancelot Du Lac|
|3.35||Elarqam||Ayutthaya (nb)||Elarqam||Elarqam||Fighting Irish||Ayutthaya (nap)||Ayutthaya|
|4.10||Di Alta||Graceful Lady||Graceful Lady||Attention Seaker||Kashmiri Sunset||Airton||Graceful Lady|
|4.45||Equilateral||Equilateral (nap)||Equilateral||Pretty Baby||Equilateral||Equilateral||Equilateral|
|5.20||Dakota Gold||Dakota Gold||Private Matter||Dakota Gold||Dakota Gold||Hee Haw||Dakota Gold|
Our favourite highwayman tipster, Dick Turpin marks your card.
As with so much racing at Knavesmire this season, the weather holds the key to the six-furlong Garrowby Stakes sprint feature race (3.00). The clue is in the name: it’s not called Knaves-mire for no reason.
Lancelot Du Lac has proved to be something of a mudlover – and, if Turpin’s French is to be trusted, the precipitation-loving clue is again in the name: ‘Du Lac’.
Dean Ivory’s gelding made all in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood last month and the merest hint of rain and soft conditions will be enough to see this highwayman put his season’s winnings on the seven-year-old nap selection to triumph over all his younger rivals here.
Tommy Taylor merits respect, as do Downforce, Don’t Touch and Spiritual Lady. But, for once, this highwayman will be praying for a bit of overnight rain to help things along.
Here is Turpin’s quick look down the rest of the card:
Last month’s second at Catterick for Lagenda was duly recorded in the Turpin notebook; the improved performance largely due to the appliance of blinkers for the first time. If Kevin Ryan really has found the secret, this four-year-old colt should hold all the aces in the first (1.55), at the main expense of recent Thirsk runner-up God Willing.
Eagle-eyed readers of the racecard will notice that the selection’s sire was named after a notorious folk ‘hero’ round these parts, none other than Dick Turpin!
Right at the top of the handicap, Innocent Touch should take all the beating in the 2.30. Richard Fahey’s six-year-old is running into a good seam of form, and is favoured, just ahead of Ryan’s Briyouni, who was an impressive runner-up at Thirsk last month.
On paper, Ayutthaya’s debut second at Hamilton sets the standard, and improvement is likely. But, with memories of Frankel at Knavesmire still fresh in Turpin’s mind, I’m happy to let my heart rule my head for the 3.35 novice race over seven furlongs.
The selection is Elarqam, a 1.6m-guinea yearling by Frankel out of prolific-winner Attraction. The impressive family tree is backed up by very positive reports from Mark Johnston’s Middleham yard.
Everything depends on how well Dane O’Neill can settle the youngster who is already lined up for the Dewhurst and a string of top races. The 6lb penalty for Fighting Irish’s Salisbury win might be enough to keep him out of the frame.
A step up in trip could make the world of difference to Di Alta (4.10). The High Chaparral filly is up against hotly fancied Graceful Lady, Attention Seaker and Kashmiri Sunset.
But if the gallop is fair, Ed Walker’s three-year-old should give a good account at decent odds. Shearling is a very appealing Longshot choice, having just missed out at Chester over a much shorter trip last month; she could be a real value surprise package over this extended two miles.
In the 4.45 novice race, Dakota Gold looks the pick. His eye-catching debut success over 5f at Bath in August suggested there is much more to come. Savalas, unlucky in running here last month, and finding 6f a shade too much, deserves consideration for a place over this shorter trip.
Dakota Gold, never out of the first two places this season, looks a firm bet in the last race handicap (5.20).
Win: Lagenda (nb)
Place: God Willing
Win: Innocent Touch
Longshot: Trading Point
Win: Lancelot Du Lac (nap)
Place: Don’t Touch
Longshot: Spiritual Lady
Win: Di Alta
Place: Attention Seaker
Win: Dakota Gold
Place: Pennsylvania Dutch