ITV Racing Tips: Euchan Glen can show he still has plenty to offer at York
With Royal Ascot just three days away there is an understandably low-key look to this weekend’s programme.
York, Sandown and Chester share the spotlight with only a couple of Listed prizes claiming feature status.
The Grand Cup, a warm-up for the Ebor Handicap in August, and a £100,000 sprint handicap get top billing at York while Sandown’s card is built around the five-furlong Scurry Stakes.
An eight-race schedule will feature four races from York, three from Sandown and one from Chester.
Coverage begins on ITV from 13:10 and we have previewed the three most significant races of the day in our ITV Racing Tips.
Battaash and Lazuli, who could go for the King’s Stakes Stakes next week, are past winners of this race which looks like a decent opening for Caturra, who could have been appearing at the royal meeting himself if things had gone better for him at Haydock last time.
He was holding his own in the Sandy Lane Stakes when impeded by the runner-up otherwise would have been in the shake-up. He had to settle for fifth but is rated at least 10lb superior on official figures and shouldn’t miss out this time.
Godolphin’s Kemari is a course winner who went on to land the Queen’s Vase at the royal meeting last year. Without A Fight drops in class and moves up in trip after a solid third place in a Group 3 at Newbury last time.
Both lack the credentials of the versatile Euchan Glen, a grand servant for Jim Goldie. He comes here from the Henry II Stakes at Sandown where he was set too much to do.
He was held up well off the pace but was running on at the finish to hint that he’s still highly capable at the age of nine. He’s won over track and trip before and if he can be kept closer to pace this time, should be right there at the end.
A 19-runner sprint for three-year-olds which as ever at York looks highly competitive. The Richard Hannon-trained Gisburn should be on the short list after going down by just a head at Leicester last time.
The more progressive horse is the Mick Channon-trained Ingra Tor. The colt got off the mark at Southwell in March but has made giant strides since, running out the clear-cut winner of a handicap at Newmarket on 2,000 Guineas Day.
That was only his second start on turf and though he was raised 9lb as a result, he gave the impression there is more to come.
ITV Racing Schedule, Saturday 11th June
13:40 Sandown – 1m1f Handicap
14:00 York – Queen Mother’s Cup
14:15 Sandown – 1m Handicap
14:35 York – 7f Handicap
14:50 Sandown – Scurry Stakes
15:05 York – Grand Cup
15:20 Chester – 7½f Handicap
15:40 York – Pavers Foundation Catherine Sprint
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing