The racing comes thick and fast from across the country this Saturday as York and Goodwood hosts top-class TV action for our ITV Tips.
It’s the kind of day where you want as much information as possible before placing your bets, so why not hear direct from the folks at the Racing Post Weekender?
That’s exactly what we’ve done with four RP Weekender selections making up our 1,399/1 acca.
Zaaki can make amends for flopping a year ago in the Group 3 Strensall Stakes at York on Saturday.
The four-year-old disappointed behind Lord Glitters when only seventh having been well fancied that day, but he was gelded subsequently and has looked a different horse ever since.
Zaaki racked up two wins at Ascot and Epsom early in the season and had excuses when beaten at Goodwood last time out. He has since impressed in his work on the Limekilns round gallop.
With three-year-olds no longer eligible for the Ebor and so lightly represented in the last decade anyway, the Melrose Stakes has gone from strength to strength. It takes a horse with Pattern potential to threaten.
Winners still tend to emerge from the lower half of the racecard as six of the last nine had no more than 9st, a cutoff that rules out likely favourite First In Line. He also lacks handicap experience, whereas nine of the last ten winners had obliged in such company.
You also need proven stamina over at least 1m3f and St Leger entry Kiefer, who has progressive form at 1m4f, fits the bill with potential for improvement over this longer trip. He’s rated 88 and winners are often in the 80’s or low 90’s.
A lack of previous practice saw Boomer fade out of contention on her debut at Haydock in July, but she was able to sustain her effort all the way to the line at Newbury three weeks later, finishing three and a half lengths clear of the runner-up Deep Snow despite hanging right when Richard Kingscote asked for an effort.
That was an impressive success and suggested that Tom Dascombe’s filly should have little trouble winning at this higher level before long.
Popular filly Laurens should be a cut above her rivals in this valuable Group Two.
Karl Burke’s four-year-old ran respectably in defeat against colts and geldings on her first two starts of the campaign and made the most of a return to her own sex in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville last time, leading throughout and having her rivals in trouble a long way from home.
The early speed she showed that day suggests she is getting quicker with age and this drop in trip looks a wise move.