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SUEDOIS was runner-up in this race last year having moved to David O’Meara’s yard from France.
He was placed in two Group 1s later in the season and he has plenty in his favour today.
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2.20 YORK: Land a nice Touch in the opening contest.
Before last season, INNOCENT TOUCH spent most of his career racing over further.
He notched up wins at Ayr and Epsom over today’s distance last summer and is still fairly treated.
His latest effort was slightly below par but he looked to need his first two starts last term and he should be spot on today.
Lovell looks well weighted. He was runner-up in a hot Sandown race on his handicap debut last spring and he’s been off since running below par at Royal Ascot.
A bit of ease in the ground will help and he’s been gelded since we last saw him.
The threat of rain is a worry for Al Neksh but it would help reliable Erik The Red.
2.55 YORK: I fancy AL QAHWA to make a winning debut for David O’Meara.
He’s been gelded since leaving Mick Halford and is just the type his of horse his new trainer does well with.
When racing in Ireland he contested a couple of Group races so he could easily have a class edge in this handicap. His draw in stall eight should also help as there is stacks of pace on the far side.
Wentworth Falls is in top form. He followed up his big-field Doncaster win when scoring at Redcar. There’s no reason why he won’t go well again.
Muntadab won the race on the stands’ side when runner-up at Ripon last time. He’s at his best when dominating and that might not be so easy today.
Udontdodou has more races in him but his high draw makes life tricky.
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3.30 YORK: SUEDOIS should go one better than last year.
He was beaten half a length when runner-up to Magical Memory in this race 12 months ago.
He went on to hit the frame in the July Cup and Haydock’s Sprint Cup – both Group 1 races.
There’s no reason why he won’t improve again this season and he won’t be bothered by any rain.
A wet forecast doesn’t help Magical Memory. He’s a top sprinter but will probably have his day when the ground is genuinely quick.
Brando won’t have a problem whatever happens with the weather. He came home well when landing a Newmarket Group 3 last month and he looks to be improving.
His third to The Tin Man at Ascot on Champions’ Day gives him a fine chance as James Fanshawe’s hope as to carry a 5lbs penalty.
Tasleet – winner of a valuable sales race at this track in 2015 – is best of the outsiders.
Templegate’s TV Tips
- 2.20 York – Innocent Touch
- 2.55 York – Al Qahwa
- 3.30 York – Suedois
- 4.05 York – Shutter Speed
4.05 YORK: Focus on SHUTTER SPEED in the Musidora.
She won a Yarmouth maiden on soft ground last season and looked really good when scoring on her return at Newbury.
Third home Enable landed last week’s Cheshire Oaks so the form is good and she must have a great chance of giving John Gosden his third consecutive winner of this race.
Vociferous Marina was a surprise winner of a Leopardstown Listed contest last month. She needs to take another step forward to trouble the hot favourite.
Vintage Folly won nicely on her debut on the all-weather at Newcastle last season.
She could easily be up to this level.
6.25 Saint Helena
6.55 Admiral’s Sunset
7.55 Monteamiata (nb)
8.25 Holyroman Princess
6.05 Just Before Dawn
6.35 Get Ready Freddy
7.05 Alizee De Janeiro
8.05 Bhaki (nap)
8.35 Western Wave
2.00 Definitly Grey
2.30 Druid’s Folly
3.05 Drinks Interval
4.15 Follow The Bear
5.15 Old Harry Rocks
2.10 Sean O’Casey
2.45 Poppy Time
3.50 Athollblair Boy
4.25 Clean Cut
5.25 Defining Moment
2.20 Innocent Touch
2.55 Al Qahwa
3.30 Suedois (treble)
4.05 Shutter Speed
5.05 Rocket Man Dan