Tom Marquand has enjoyed his rides at York so far in 2021. Four winners and a second from just ten rides for a level stakes profit of +£8.38 has been a tidy start to the campaign. Marquand has six rides on the Friday card which would pay a million pounds to a 25p each way stake (£31.50 total outlay) with bet365 on an each way Lucky 63 (Heinz + singles with bet365) at time of writing.
There is also ITV Racing from the second day of the July meeting at Newmarket plus Ascot in the afternoon. A busy evening schedule sees Chester. Chepstow, Cork and Kilbeggan all in action with our horse racing tips covering them all.
2.05 York – williamhill.com Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap
The return to a stiffer test of stamina helped Noble Masquerade last time out when winning at Kempton. Runner-up at Sandown prior to that on soft ground, he won’t mind these conditions. 2020 saw him rated higher than this, far from disgraced in a far better race at Royal Ascot that summer. Capable enough of making his presence felt.
2.40 York – William Hill Summer Stakes
A ride for The Queen here with Light Refrain. She was not suited to the step up to seven furlongs at Royal Ascot, this return to sprinting will be much more to her liking. A Listed winner to start the season, she was fourth at Haydock after that but was only beaten a length by Rohaan who went on to win the Wokingham off 112. That’s strong form back against her own sex.
Cotai Class is speedily bred and things didn’t really go his way on debut. He ran green, his jockey lost his reins and then he was carried right late in the day. Despite all that, he was only beaten a length and a half so it would be no surprise if he builds on that experience.
3.50 York – William Hill Plus Bet Club Handicap
A solid performer to a better level than this in France, House Of Kings has struggled in two of his three starts since moving to the yard of Mick Appleby. He was a winner at Chantilly on the all-weather over just shy of this trip, perhaps the return will help him but on paper he is the weakest of Marquand’s rides.
4.25 York – Garbutt And Elliott Handicap
This will be the first run of the season for Barossa Red but he has gone well fresh in the past. Touched off a nose first time up in 2019, he won off a 128-day break later that same campaign. Connections will be hoping that the ground doesn’t dry out too much off a mark four pounds below one he was placed from last year.
5.00 York – Longines Irish Champions Weekend Handicap
Marquand tops and tails the card with rides for Eve Johnson-Houghton, on The Princes Poet here. A winner at Windsor last time out on good ground, he was placed on soft at Nottingham two starts prior to that so he won’t mind what the weather does. This mark is workable and with just six starts under his belt, there should be better still to come.
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