YORK’S card on Saturday is set to be bathed in sunshine, so get your sunglasses ready for a day of baking hot action.
We’ve put together an in-depth race-by-race preview to help you find those all-important winners.
Race 1 – 2.10 Sun Racing Available In App Store Novice Stakes
An interesting card to kick off proceedings, with the penalised Al Aakif looking to build on an impressive debut at Nottingham.
It’s never easy to defy a penalty in these races, though, and the one to nab him could be IMPERIAL COMMAND.
He produced an eye-catching debut when fourth at Windsor and looked as though the step up in trip to six furlongs would be ideal.
Good Night Mr Tom can also run well at a decent price.
VERDICT – 1. Imperial Command 2. Al Aakif 3. Good Night Mr Tom
Race 2 – 2.45 Sun Racing Handicap
This is a very difficult race to work out but perhaps it will pay to side with SOLDIER’S MINUTE.
He was an exceptionally easy winner of a similar race here on his penultimate start, earning an 8lb higher mark for those exploits.
He couldn’t reproduce that in the Wokingham last week but nothing went right for him and the fact he’s turned around quickly suggest all’s well.
Keith Dalgleish is in fine form, as is stable jockey Shane Gray, and the pair should be able to pounce now.
Golden Apollo has claims back at his favourite track, while Quick Look also has obvious claims after winning so well last time out.
VERDICT – 1. Soldier’s Minute 2. Golden Apollo 3. Quick Look
Race 3 – 3.20 Visit sunracing.co.uk For Top Tips Handicap
Another tricky big-field handicap to work out, but the eye is drawn to GET KNOTTED.
He’s been plying his trade in much better company than this and the drop into 0-90 class could make a big difference.
The step up to a mile looks a good move these days and he’s now 7lb lower than when finishing fourth in last year’s Ayr Gold Cup.
Poet’s Dawn did it well in a similar sort of contest last time, while Greek Hero could be let in off a nice mark at the bottom of the weights.
VERDICT – 1. Get Knotted 2. Poet’s Dawn 3. Greek Hero
Race 4 – 3.55 Visit sunracing.co.uk For Top Bookmaker Offers Handicap
TRUE DESTINY is clearly very well suited by stiff tests of stamina, and although he couldn’t quite reel in the winner at Pontefract last time out, that still goes down as a fine effort.
A 2lb rise in the weights could have been worse and he’s still open to progress over this trip.
Shine Baby Shine struggled in soft ground when last seen but had been in fine form beforehand and has always looked as though this distance may bring out the best in her.
Auxiliary caused a surprise at this track last time but should come on again if able to cope with the different ground.
VERDICT – 1. True Destiny 2. Shine Baby Shine 3. Auxiliary
Race 5 – 4.30 Follow Sun Racing On Instagram British EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes
Only four runners here with William Haggas’ MUBTASIMAH making easily the most appeal.
She was a fine fourth on her debut at Yarmouth last year and should come on for that now – although she probably doesn’t need to.
William Haggas has found a golden opportunity for her here and it would be very disappointing if she wasn’t able to take it.
Society Guest should able to take second spot after finishing third in a couple of decent enough novices, while Alnaseem is bred to do a lot better than her debut performance would suggest.
VERDICT – 1. Mubtasimah 2. Society Guest 3. Alnaseem
Race 6 – 5.05 Follow Sun Racing On Twitter “Jump Jockeys” Nunthorpe’ Handicap
It could be worth chancing BOOM THE GROOM here.
He may not be quite the force of old but his mark certainly reflects that and perhaps cheekpieces can eke that little bit extra out of him.
He was a winner off a 3lb higher mark back in February, so clearly the light still burns, and it would be a surprise if he wasn’t capable of a big run under ideal conditions.
Lomu produced a massive run against some much higher rated rivals last time out at Hamilton and is sure to be suited by this step back in trip.
Gin In The Inn also has chances under Daryl Jacob.
VERDICT – 1. Boom The Groom 2. Lomu 3. Gin In The Inn
Race 7 – 5.40 Sun Racing Android App Visit sunracing.co.uk Apprentice Handicap
An interesting conclusion and one that looks at the mercy of MY BOY SEPOY.
Stuart Williams’ contender has a very upward profile and looks more than capable of defying a 4lb rise (1lb when taking into account jockey claim) for his Sandown win last time given that the runner-up has scored since.
The step up in trip could bring about even more improvement and he looks the one to beat under crack apprentice Dylan Hogan.
Gossip Column ran a much better race last time out and can keep on improving, while Pirate King is probably capable of more than he’s shown of late.
VERDICT – 1. My Boy Sepoy 2. Gossip Column 3. Pirate King