The tipsters' table, York Races, Saturday, May 31, 2014Who's tipping what: scroll horizontally to see all the picks
|Tipster||Dick Turpin||At The Races||Sun||GG.com||Telegraph||The Times||The Guardian|
|1.50||Sirius Prospect||Sirius Prospect||Sirius Prospect||Best Of Order||Alfred Hutchinson (nap)||Sirius Prospect (nap)||Sirius Prospect (nap)|
|2.20||Clever Cookie (Nap)||First Mohican||Clever Cookie||Clever Cookie||Clever Cookie||Shwaiman||First Mohican|
|2.50||Top Boy||Jamaican Bolt||Jamaican Bolt||Top Boy||Monsieur Joe||Normal Equilibrium||Normal Equilibrium|
|3.25||Great Fighter||Nicholascopernicus||Nicholascopernicus||Great Fighter||Streets of Newyork||Great Fighter||Streets Of Newyork|
|4.00||Mister Universe (nb)||Mister Universe||Mister Universe||Mister Universe||Mister Universe||Mister Universe||Mister Universe|
|4.35||Blurred Vision||Blurred Vision||Dutch Breeze||Blurred Vision||Blurred Vision||Blurred Vision||Dutch Breeze|
|5.10||Karaka Jack||Karaka Jack||War Poet||War Poet||War Poet||War Poet||War Poet|
Turpin marks your card
After YorkMix tipster Turpin’s thumping four-winner success on the final day of the Dante meeting, we coaxed him back to offer his Knavesmire insight yet again.
The thrill of the Dante is over, so it’s down to more workaday fare on Saturday, May 31.
It’s unusual for a York meeting not to be the principal event of the day – and the racing world’s eyes are more likely to be fixed on Chester, Newbury and Newmarket.
It’s a perfect opportunity for Turpin to find a tasty tip while the world is looking the other way.
The betting market will be the best clue here. Sirius Prospect and Best Of Order look likeliest to fill the first two places.
If Best Of Order can emulate his Doncaster success, he will be hard to beat. But the soft ground is a worry. Alfred Hutchinson should be considered too.
But Turpin has a sly fancy for a first-race upset from Bertiewhittle to make the frame at decent odds. But betting caution is strongly advised.
Turpin fully expects to be at the payout counter for this one. Course winner Clever Cookie really catches the eye and is a confident nap selection. Rawaki and Renew both deserve consideration but preference is for First Mohican to give the selection a good race; with Ralston Road representing very good value for a place slot.
Do you have a pin? Now’s the time to use it. A case could be made for at least ten of these 19 runners, so Turpin will be heading for the bar to watch from the safety of the stands.
Dabble here at your peril, but if you must, Alben Star and Jamaican Bolt could be in the reckoning, with Top Boy a contender too (didn’t get a good run when beaten into third place by Monsieur Joe here recently).
And Monsieur Joe is in the mix again today. Impossible to choose. And don’t rule out Easterby’s charge, Mappin Time who could spring a surprise at very long odds.
Has the handicapper pegged back Nicholascopernicus a shade too much with that top weight? The 9st 7lb will test him to the limit, and with lightly-raced Endless Credit and Great Fighter more leniently treated, the five-year-old may have to give way to the younger steeds.
Turpin always looks for value for money. But sometimes the obvious can not be ignored. Mister Universe‘s second over course and distance marks out the Mark Johnston colt as the one they all have to beat. Unraced Muradeef has attracted attention, as has the filly Home Cummins, similarly unraced, but the produce of classy Rip Van Winkle, so well deserving of respect.
Just four runners. Only question here is, who will follow likely favourite Blurred Vision home. Jarvis’s Blurred Vision is unraced this year, so Easterby’s Dutch Breeze, with the benefit of two good outings already, is the only one that might spring a surprise.
“It’s Saturday, it’s ten past five, It’s Karaka Jack!” Older readers will get what Turpin was getting at when he bellowed down the phone to YorkMix.
We’re all too young to know what he was rambling on about. But he was most insistent, saying something about this 1m 2f being the perfect distance for the former course-winner. War Poet and Mica Mika should contest the finish too, with I’m Super Too in with a chance if the longer trip is to his liking.