STRANGELY one of my best fancies on Saturday runs some 200 miles north of Ascot at York in a competitive seven-furlong handicap (2.05pm).
GET KNOTTED has been on my radar for a while now and the time could be right for Michael Dods’ charge to strike in a race he won 12 months ago.
He’s now back to a mark only two pounds higher than last year and he can go really well with his stable in form stepped back up in trip.
Both of his latest starts have been over six furlongs and he’s finished strongly on each occasion suggesting he has been crying out for another tilt at this distance.
The ex-Gosden runner Von Blucher could be a threat to Get Knotted, although at 7/1 I’ll side with last year’s winner to go in again.
The Group Two York Stakes (3.15pm) is the feature race on the card and most eyes are immediately drawn to Sir Michael Stoute’s Autocratic.
His win in the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown last time make him the one to beat here and the four year- old could be a typical Sir Michael Stoute improver, but I don’t want to play the guessing game at 5/2.
Instead, I’m prepared to take another chance on ALGOMETER at around 5/1.
David Simcock’s colt runs here instead of the King George at Ascot and wasn’t beaten far behind Autocratic at Sandown two starts back.
He was third behind the Godolphin pair of Hawkbill and Frontiersman in a better race at Newmarket last time and I’m hopeful he’ll step up again If the rain does fall, that will help his chances and I’m also hoping that connections may opt to ride him more positively here.
It also pays to look at what the bookies are putting up tomorrow, with 188BET offering 10 per cent cashback on net losses at Ascot, Thirsk and Uttoxeter.
Get Knotted e/w 2.05pm York
Algometer e/w 3.15pm York