Race Time: 2.20pm Meeting: York Day: Friday 9th October
Distance: 1m 110yds Full Race Name: Stan James Bet On Your Mobile Stakes (Handicap) Class Two
Now that Homage and others have been pulled out after the recent rain we need to rebuild this race, starting with the Richard Fahey trained Imshivalla (10/1) who has plenty of decent form on soft ground and seem sure to just lap up the underfoot conditions. His trainer continues in excellent form as does the horse who ran a superb third on good to firm going last time out which would not have suited, but has won a total of six races including over a furlong further at Goodwood in August (which just sums up last summer). His three runs at this track have seen a win and a third which has to be promising, with his rating of 85 today the only real negative we can find at this moment in time.
Four year olds have the best record over the eight-year history of this race so we daren’t ignore the chances of that particular age group, with You’re Fired (8/1) the highest rated of the six younger entries. Trained by Karl Burke, he seems to need good or faster going to be seen at his best, which could be an issue if the weather forecasters have it right (for once), but we do like his third to Birdman here in July as solid form in the context of the race this afternoon, and if he gets his going (will need sunshine and high winds), then he could well be a fly in the ointment and run a big race at an even bigger price.
Saeed Bin Suroor has won the race twice, all be it back in 2006 (Army Of Angels) and 2007 (Amarna), in the days of Frankie Dettori riding for Godolphin of course, and it looks as if he will send Quick Wit (9/1) who will need to buck the trends to take this at the ripe old age of eight. Although unlikely to be improving at his age, he did run a pretty decent race when third to Blue Waltz last time out at Doncaster, and if we take a leap of faith and suggest he may have needed his first two runs since returning from Dubai, it could be that he will be at his peak this afternoon and race fit, and when you consider he has won off of marks as high as 109 (July 2013), then the 97 today could leave him thrown in at the weights.
Much as we may risk being accused of turning in to the Richard Fahey show here, Spirit Of The Law (11/1) is another with a chance and as he was second here in this race last season, and gets in off a pound lower mark in 2015, why not? He hasn’t won a race since June 2014 which as to be a concern after a run of sixteen losses, but he has own on soft and even heavy ground and if the rains come he may be the only one able to handle atrocious conditions.
Completing our early five against the field, do we assume Tony Hamilton will have had the choice of the Fahey horses – because if that is correct then Gabrial’s Kaka (11/1) is the one to be on? Interestingly, all his career wins have been on much faster going than he will face today, though on the bright side he has won off of marks as high as 95, and gets in here off of 86 so is in theory well in at the weights. Recent runs haven’t exactly set the world alight but he has been competing in the better handicaps as he is here but we do at least expect a better run this time around.