FRIDAY’S ITV4 RACES
NO LIPPY was very impressive when winning the Lily Agnes Stakes at Chester last time over this distance. She bounced out of the stalls there and didn’t see another horse until crossing the line.
That was better than any of these rivals have shown to date and you would expect a fair bit more improvement after just two starts.
Strings Of Life created a good impression when quickening away from her rivals to win at Newbury on her debut. She was very green there so there should be a lot more to come.
BARON BOLT has been knocking on the door, going down by a neck on his past three runs. He ran well off this mark at Newmarket last time on similar ground and may improve for the outing.
He has touched lucky with the draw here and a repeat of his last run would be good enough. Mazzini has come nicely down the weights and likes this trip.
He could be a danger on this return to turf from the all-weather.
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THREADING was an impressive winner on her last visit to this track, winning the Lowther Stakes well in August over 6f. She wasn’t able to repeat that form a couple of times at Newmarket, where the track didn’t seem to suit either time.
She came back from a break when midfield in the Nell Gwyn Stakes last time which should see her spot-on fitness wise. A return to this track should help a lot too.
Sheikha Reika impressed when winning a maiden by three lengths at Newmarket last month. She’s pretty certain to see out this trip and is another open to plenty of improvement.
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STRADIVARIUS is the class act in the line-up having won the Group 1 Goodwood Cup last season after winning the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot.
He showed his liking for this distance when beaten half a length in the St Leger before finishing the campaign behind Order Of St George at Ascot. He goes well fresh and handles any ground.
Max Dynamite was third in the Melbourne Cup over 2m before finishing a solid sixth in the Hong Kong Vase over shorter than today.
His hurdles form was poor this season but he’ll be much happier back on the level.
Steve Mullen’s TV Tips
2.20 York – No Lippy: ‘Impressed when winning at Chester last time’ (add to your betslip)
2.35 Newbury – Baron Bolt: ‘Repeat of his last run would be enough to win’ (add to your betslip)
2.55 York – Threading: ‘A return to this track can see her spark back into life’ (add to your betslip)
3.30 York – Stradivarius: ‘Clearly the class horse in the field’ (add to your betslip)
4.05 York – Master Carpenter: ‘2lb lower than when winning this race 12 months ago’ (add to your betslip)
MASTER CARPENTER won this race 12 months ago and is 2lb lower in the weights today. He has run well here on other occasions too, including when fourth off a higher mark in October.
He will like this decent ground and should be involved in the finish.
Thundering Blue was beaten less than three lengths over this trip at Epsom last time on his seasonal comeback. He goes off the same mark today but should be fitter for that experience.