Aspetar to York as Blue Mist, Evening Sun and Young Merlin head to Ascot
Blue Mist starts the day off at Ascot in the International, a race he knows well having been 3rd in it last year. He loves Ascot, never runs a bad race there and gets on well with his jockey. Any showers would aid him but he should run his usual good race.
Aspetar is in York for the Sky Bet (Group 2). Its a fascinating renewal with some very good horses involved. A lot of hold up horses, and therefore it could be messy. Aspetar is in great form and showed a lot of speed last time to loop a good field in a very short space of time, and ended up in front a little bit soon. He should enjoy the course today and a lot will depend how the race is run, as to who wins it. Telecaster could be very decent if it pans out for him.
Maurimo did well last time to break her maiden at Kempton, but faces a tougher test today on quick ground and giving 7lbs to some talented fillies. She will have a better chance when she is given a handicap mark.
Evening Sun won his novice well at Newmarket, and that form has subsequently been boosted when the third was placed in a listed race at York last weekend. The handicapper did not miss Evening Sun, with a harsh 10lbs penalty but lets hope he is right and he can be in the shake up. He has a lot of speed and if he relaxes early he should be running on well at the end. He should enjoy the track.
Young Merlin ran well on both of his starts this year but ran in to one at York, who opposes today with an increase in weight. There wasn’t as much pace as Young Merlin would have liked which made him vulnerable to the speed that the winner has. Hopefully it will be more of a test today and his blinkers sharpen him up a little.