A mile and a half Pro-Am for Lady jockeys will need final riding arrangement before any decisions can possibly be made but Tim Easterby seems pretty keen on taking home the prize money with three early entries and Rachel Richardson originally booked to ride them all. Dance King (6/1 Each Way) is the best off the trio according to the handicapper and may finally get the nod, and if so that could well be the hint to point us in the right direction. Now a six-year-old he hasn’t won in his last four races since scoring at Ripon over a mile and a quarter in early May, but hasn’t really been dropped in the weights since being put up for that victory and will need a career best here to win again off a rating of 88.
The other Easterby runner left in the race is Multellie (4/1) who will now be ridden by Emily Easterby who takes a useful five pounds off the geldings back. This is his time of year with his latest win at Ripon last August over this mile and a half, and he looked as if he was getting back to something close to his peak when second at Ayr over a mile and five off a rating of 81 and as he hasn’t been put up at all for that meaning he must have every chance of victory this afternoon after the jockey’s claim.
Top Of The Glas (5/1) is the only entry who won last time out having scored at Carlisle by a short head from Mukhayyam which was clearly no fluke having finished runner up to Be Perfect at Newcastle the race before, and as he is in great form an extra pound may not stop him following up.
Joanna Mason is as good as any of the ladies in the saddle of late and she is on board Tapis Libre (9/2) who has already won at Epsom in a Class Four handicap off a rating of 79 as well as finishing third on two other occasions. She has ridden the now eight year old to victory on six occasions which is a real bonus as she knows the horse inside out and although he is up another four pounds today that may well swing it in his favour.
When it comes to the televised races Richard Fahey rarely leaves empty handed and in English Summer (8/1) he has a decent gelding who is more than capable of taking this on his very best form. Not getting any younger at the age of nine he may well arrive here with more experience than his jockey after seventy-two career starts so it’s more of a steering job, and with ten of them around here, he will know his way up the home straight as well. Fourteen career wins included one at Catterick a rating of 93 last October and although he hasn’t won since in five races, he is down to a rating of 88 here and connections are not asking him to do anything he hasn’t achieved at some time in the past – other than winning at Haydock.