Eden Rose may well head the market for the Haydock opener given she has been extremely impressive on the all-weather at Lingfield and Kempton. However, those victories have seen her mark leap from 74 to 90 and she could be vulnerable to an established turf performer like LUCKY DEAL (Haydock, 2.15).
The selection can be excused a poor run on desperate ground in the Chester Cup when sent off unfancied at 33-1. His two previous starts behind stablemates Making Miracles and Austrian School were excellent efforts and Lucky Deal will have no complaints about the expected fast going on Saturday.
Drawn awkwardly and racing prominently into a strong headwind, the selection needed to display great determination to complete a rapid hat-trick on the rain-softened ground. It was very close but he was always doing enough and pricking his ears at the line to suggest there was a little more left in the tank.
Oasis Prince gets his biggest test so far in a short career but looks up to it and can rate higher.
Oasis Prince 1pt ew @ 6-1
A central draw can often be a positive at York in sprints and the employment of a useful apprentice looks a smart move by connections as the speedster drops back to the minimum trip.
Rarely out of the frame and a 10-time winner - he looks excellent value at around 13-2 in a fierce renewal of this sprint.
El Astronaute 1pt ew @ 13-2
That will have done her the world of good and, now stepped up in distance and hailing from a yard going well, I expect a bold showing on Sunday.
Simply Loveleh 1pt win
MAGNA CARTOR (Uttoxeter, 5.40) lost his way in Ireland and has now moved across the sea to new surroundings. Unsighted on his first run in April for Richard Newland, the nine-year-old looked in better order two weeks ago but didn’t seem suited by the big step up in trip.
All three of his hurdling victories have come over two miles or slightly longer and he returns to the comfort zone on Sunday, with cheekpieces added to the mix. He should be very competitive now.
Magna Cartor 1pt ew
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