Friday, June 16, 2017

2.55 York 1M Ganton Listed Stakes (Sat 18th June )

Not the best quality racing this weekend ,though that has to be expected with Royal Ascot only four days away .However we do have quite interesting 1 mile listed race at York .

9 runners declared for 1 mile Listed Ganton Stakes at York ,on ground described as Good/firm .The four main contenders look to be Gabrial ,Spark Plug ,Mondaliste & Thikriyaat . 

GABRIAL : Eight-year-old gelding ,winning 8 out 62 .Been in decent form this season ,finishing excellent second in both the G2 Bet365 Mile at Sandown & G3 Diomed Stakes at Epsom .Will be suited dropping into listed company ,though his best form has been on easier ground .

SPARK PLUG : Six-year-old gelding,winning 4 out 21 .Had some decent form last season ,including winning the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket in September .Also finished close second in 10F Listed Festival Stakes at Goodwood last time .Should be thereabouts , though the drop back to mile may not be ideal . 

 MONDIALISTE : Seven-year-old entire,winning 5 out 24 .Had some useful form last summer ,finishing second in 10F G2 Sky Bet Stakes at York in July & winning the 10F G1 Arlington Million in America in August .Not shown much on both starts this season ,though seems much better horse in summer months .Can't be ruled out returning to listed company .

THIKRIYAAT : Four-year-old gelding ,winning 4 out 7.Had some top class form last season ,including winning 1M G3 Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood.Also finished second in Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot ,behind the top class Ribchester .No show on last two starts ,though was suffering from fibrillating heart on final start last season ,and probably needed the race last time.Obvious claims on the pick last seasons form .

 VERDICT : THIKRIYAAT will need to bounce back to form, after two below par efforts ,though would take plenty of beating if reproducing the pick last seasons group and listed winning form.Had looked top class performer when landing the group three Thoroughbred Stakes at Glorious Goodwood .Looks worth small each-way bet at around 5-1 .

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