IRV (stall 12 of 19) has only had six runs but Micky Hammond’s three-year-old seems ideally served by a big field and strong pace, conditions he has not encountered since last September’s close second on his handicap debut at Redcar. He fared best of the closers when fifth at Ripon on his return to action and, with his stable in fine fettle, he could surprise in the 7f Conundrum Rowing For Christian Hobbs Handicap at York (4.05).
His middle draw could be helpful – we’ve only had nine course and distance races of 16 or more runners in the past three years and the winners were drawn as follows…
13 of 16
10 of 20
12 of 19
14 of 18
8 of 18
9 of 17
9 of 18
13 of 19
9 of 19
The Group 2 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes (3.00) has thrown up its share of shocks in recent years, with winners at 40-1, 25-1, 20-1, 16-1, 14-1, 12-1 and 10-1 in the past ten seasons. MAJOR JUMBO acquitted himself well when third in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last time – his first run in Group company – and makes each-way appeal at a venue that suits. He has made the running in the past but seems happiest with a lead and will appreciate being taken along by the likes of Ornate and El Astronaute.
Major Jumbo – York 3.00 (1pt each-way, 12-1 generally)
Irv – York 4.05 (1pt each-way, 66-1 Paddy Power, Betfair, 50-1 Skybet, Betfred, all five places)
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