York stage great racing this weekend on Friday and Saturday, writes Jeff Garlickk.
Saturday is Macmillan Charity Day where over £5 million has been raised since its inception.
Eagle Rock should run well in the ladies’ amateur race for Tadcaster trainer Tom Tate.
This horse finished well to come third at the Dante meeting and his stamina is guaranteed as he has been hurdling this winter.
Thirsk-based trainer David Barron could run Long Awaited at York on Friday and the predicted soft conditions should be ideal as this colt won on heavy going at Doncaster.
David has his stable in super form and he hopes to run Pearl Secret in the Listed race at Sandown on Saturday.
This 3-year-old was very impressive when last seen at York and he should win again before being raised in class later in the season.
It is Royal Ascot next week, and two local courses hold meetings with an Ascot theme.
Thirsk hold a seven-race programme on Tuesday starting at 2:15pm featuring a ‘Best Ascot Hat’ competition.
Ripon race on Wednesday evening with a 6:50pm start, then Thursday afternoon is their Ladies Day fixture to coincide with the ‘real thing’ at Ascot.
Tom Tate hopes to run Prince of Johanne in the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot on Wednesday providing the going is not too soft.
This horse won the Cambridgeshire last year and a fast-run one mile contest looks to be his ideal conditions.
Another local trainer aiming for a big prize is Robin Bastiman who sends Borderlescott to Ireland on Sunday to contest a Listed race.
‘Scotty’ ran a great race in a Group 1 contest last time out and a big run is anticipated at this lower level.
Robin also puts in a good word for Green Howard who runs at York on Friday.
This horse needs a few to come out to guarantee a place in the race but he is a horse to follow this season.
Long Awaited - Fri - York 4:10pm
Eagle Rock – Sat – York 2:05pm
Pearl Secret – Sat – Sandown 3:25pm
Borderlescott – Sun - Cork
Prince of Johanne – Wed - Ascot 4:20pm