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Preview 31 May 2008

2.30 stakes handicap 6F Sprint Soft

A fiddly looking handicap to start a day of top quality handicaps and group races and this is a super Saturday racing if there was ever one and in this hard 8 runner handicap, there is a touch of class as well as proven edge to the race.

The ground is likely to be testing with rain around the London area and it could take some getting this quirky six-furlong sprint today. The pace angle in this race is hard to fathom as there isn't a natural trailblazer in the race and that may well suit Swift Princess who shows plenty of natural pace on ground such as this, she could well run a big race from low in the weights, however she has a few classy rivals to overcome in Conquest and Hurricane Spirit and if returning to form the lord could spring a surprise even though that horse has looked lost so far.

The pace could come from the 3yo come on you irons who has a low weight with the age allowance and could well make all here if given a easy time on the front end, however a more proven horse over this kind of trip could well land this race and expect HURRICANE SPIRIT to take closer order today under George Baker and come through to lead in the final 3rd. Still quite lightly raced he is unproven on this type of ground, but on breeding and looking back at his other runs he should handle this ground just as well and looks the type to try pattern races this summer.

Viking Spirit and Pawan come of a strong pace and the latter wont be suited to this type of race and Viking Spirit who loves soft ground is likely to be the major danger to Hurricane Spirit I feel with Conquest better on a sounder surface and Ebraam needing a furlong less in conditions such as this.

Advised bet - Hurricane Spirit 2 pts @ 20-1 (BF22's)

3.55 York National express Scottish Sprint cup (Heritage handicap) 5F Good to firm

The big race handicap for Saturday stages at York this season and this sprint handicap is a prize that is keenly contested and should be quick and hard with How's She Cuttin, Elharmi, Fantasy Explorer and Sirens Gift across the track. This flat track is fair to all types of sprinters and it may be down to who is drawn best with the pace and high numbers look to hold the key here.

One horse catches the eye right up against the stand side rail and that is TABARET who ran well here the other week and was unfortunate not to pick up a easier race last time at Ayr with the abandonment of that meeting due to unsafe ground. The horse is very well handicapped for this run and with luck in running and Jim Crowley in to do the steering he could well be one to strike at a big price for a yard whose horses seem to becoming to hand and have a good strike rate in handicaps here. Bertoliver on the far side in draw 1 may well be too good for those drawn around him on the low numbers and has bags of pace as well and no surprise to see him short in the market at around 9-1.

The Barry Hills trained SPECIAL DAY has had a race like this in his locker this season and the fact he has reverted back to five furlongs after two fitness sharpeners over further this season and the eye catching run last time at York has him down as potentially the winner of this race and the inform jockey booking of Alan Munro isn't a negative for this horse and up the middle of the track he could latch on to the pace of either group and has been knocking on the door in this race.

Advised bet - Special Day 1 pt @ 12-1 (BF16's) & Tabaret 1 pt @ 25-1 (BF27's)

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