Who to back at York Races, Sunday, September 8

Bring a picnic and make a day of it at the Press Family Race Day
8 Sep 2013 @ 11.46 am
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Bring a picnic and make a day of it at the Press Family Race Day
Bring a picnic and make a day of it at the Press Family Race Day

The tipsters' table, York Races, Sunday, September 8, 2013

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

RaceDick TurpinAt The RacesSunDaily MailGG.comYork Press
2.00Bow CreekRememberRememberBow CreekZeshovRemember
2.30Hooded ClawSacha ParkGalvanizeSacha ParkSacha ParkMy Inspiration
3.00HitchensHitchensSmoothtalkinrascal (nb)Ladies Are ForeverHitchensMince
3.35Morocco (Nap)MoroccoChristmas LightSuper SayMoroccoBishop’s Castle (Nap)
4.05Eagle RockBody LanguageHawk MountainMedieval BishopNashvillePearl Spice
4.40Lancelot Du Lac (NB)Lancelot Du LacHoofalong (Nap)Lancelot Du Lac (nb)HoofalongHoofalong
5.10Mister FizzCosmic SunHigh OfficeToptem po (nap)TinseltownHigh Office

York’s seven-race card for Press Family Day on Sunday (September 8) has the look of a bookies’ benefit day, our pundit Dick Turpin tells YorkMix.

With no field under 11 runners (at the two-day stage), and with finely balanced handicaps and difficult nursery and maiden races, our highwayman tipster advises extreme caution.

“After my success at the Ebor meeting – well, two days of success out of the four-day event – I can see little joy for punters on Sunday,” writes Turpin.

“I will be risking my ill-gotten gains on a modest Placepot bet, which promises a huge dividend – as favourite-backers are likely to be in for a disappointing day.

“I enlisted my trusty steed Black Bess to inform me of the stable gossip, straight from the horses’ mouths…”

So here’s our rundown of the card.

2.00: The seven-furlong nursery opener will be billed as a battle between likely favourite Zeshov, and Remember. But my preference is for Mark Johston’s impressive Bow Creek, a winner last time out, at Chester’s tight Roodee track. With Fanning aboard, Bow Creek could be great value and get us off to a flyer. Bess tells me that the whisper is for New Bidder.

2.30: Every gambler knows that five-furlong maiden races, especially when the 11-runner field includes four debutants, are to be avoided. Of those with form, Sacha Park is the most impressive, if somewhat obvious, choice. Preference for me is to take a small risk on Hooded Claw, or the unraced newcomer My Inspiration.

3.00: Can Mince take the the Garrowby Stakes this year? Last year’s winner has struggled to hit the heights this season, so Turpin will be steering clear; though, for many he will be a confident choice. Preference here is for a good value selection. Nocturn and Hitchens both fit the bill, and I expect them to be there in the final half-fulong. Hayley Turner aboard Hallelujah, is respected and could make the frame.

3.35: A tremendous race in prospect and a tough one to evaluate, with at least five of the 20 runners with sound claims. Turpin’s cash (quite a lot of it) will be on Morocco, my bet of the day. This handsome offspring of Rock Of Gibraltar has sound claims. Bishop’s Castle is the likely threat, and Bank On Me is running into form at just the right time to land a place at very good odds.

4.05: I fully expect half the Knavesmire attendees to be seriously out of pocket by the time the 4.05 takes place. And this race will be no easier to analyse than the previous four. Turpin loves a front-running horse, and the obvious choice here is Tadcaster trainer Tom Tate’s Eagle Rock. He’s my ‘win’ selection, but should really be backed each-way, as both Nashville and Body Language have strong claims too.

4.40: In a meeting with precious few clear-cut opportunities for punters, perhaps this will be the exception. I can’t see anything to seriously rival Lancelot Du Lac, top weight and a recent Newmarket winner – as long as he gets a clear run. Hoofalong, a recent beaten favourite here returns to justify the Easterby confidence, and it would be no huge surprise if the race went that way. Lastchancelucas is a tentative longshot selection.

5.10: If you have any money left by this stage, stay in the bar. This apprentice six-furlong race is a toughie – but promises to be a fascinating contest. Preference is for Mister Fizz, with the able youngster Daniel Cremin on board. Tinseltown, Tetbury and Cosmic Sun have claims too. But this one is better watched than bet upon.

Turpin’s tips

Win: Bow Creek
EW: Zeshov
Longshot: New Bidder

Win: Hooded Claw
EW: Sacha Park
Longshot: My Inspiration

Win: Hitchens
EW: Hallelujah
Longshot: Nocturn

Win: Morocco (Nap)
EW: Bishop’s Castle
Longshot: Bank On Me

Win: Eagle Rock
EW: Body Language
Longshot: Nashville

Win: Lancelot Du Lac (NB)
EW: Hoofalong
Longshot: Lastchancelucas

Win: Mister Fizz
EW: Tinseltown
Longshot: Cosmic Sun