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14:30 York – Former St Leger winner to rediscover best form

| 18.05.2012

Arctic Cosmos ran a stinker last time at Newbury, but there were excuses for this performance and the horse can bounce back to land the Yorkshire Oaks at 4/1.

The race has become more open since Opinion Poll was withdrawn by connections, as he would have almost certainly been sent off favourite after a big win in Dubai and two previous successes at York.

Red Cadeuax is therefore the current favourite and has produced strong performances worldwide in the past 12 months, most notably when going down by the narrowest margin in the Melbourne Cup and in the Group One Hong Kong Vase.

He will be better after a sharpener on the all-weather earlier this month when a solid second to the useful Colour Vision and has strong claims.

Harris Tweed is another who will be fancied and potentially brings stronger form to the table than Red Cadeuax.

He triumphed at Newbury in the race where Arctic Cosmos flopped and a repeat of this success will see him go close, although there are doubts as to whether his stamina truly stretches to 1m6f.

The same cannot be said of Arctic Cosmos who won the 2010 St Leger over the same distance and will now be far more at home on the good ground at York in comparison to the soft surface he encountered at Newbury.

This run can be completely erased and the John Gosden and William Buick combination have already enjoyed three winners from just four runners at York this week.

Meanwhile, the blinkers return for the Yorkshire Cup and Arctic Cosmos has never been out of the first two when wearing them.

Times Up may be the best option for each-way punters as he is a previous winner over course and distance and is arguably running over his ideal trip here.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.