Top racing tips for Saturday’s action live on ITV. The Ebor is the big betting race, with Hamish, Sonnyboyliston and Mt Leinster among the leading contenders
MIRANN and Derby hero Adam Kirby are the combination to follow in the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap (3.35) at York.
Johnny Murtagh originally booked Jamie Spencer for the five-year-old but, with the Irishman in action at Deauville this afternoon, Kirby is a more-than-able deputy.
Although Mirann is without a win in over a year, Motivator’s son has produced some sterling efforts in white-hot since handicaps scoring at Gowran Park in June of last year.
His CV includes in-the-frame efforts on his last three outings as Mirann followed a second at his local track, the Curragh, in May with a running-on fourth to Quickthorn in Royal Ascot ’s Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap 26 days later.
Another best-work-at-the-finish effort when fourth over an inadequate mile and a quarter at Leopardstown last month showed Mirann was crying out for this additional four furlongs.
He can prove the point by giving his trainer, successful with Mutual Regard in 2014, a second triumph in Britain’s richest handicap.
IMPERIAL SUN can put his rivals in the shade as he tackles a mile and three-quarters for the first time in the Sky Bet Melrose Handicap (2.25).
The Sea The Stars colt has been something of a slow burner for John and Thady Gosden, taking five attempts to get off the mark.
At the beginning of last month, my selection stepped up to a mile and a half for a similar event at Wolverhampton, and posted a personal best with a four-and-a-half-length supremacy from Thunder Ahead.
The way Imperial Sun moved through that race suggests he will prove a better horse than his current British Horseracing Authority mark of 87.
The Group 2 Sky Bet City Of York Stakes (3.00) is a good opportunity for Charlie Appleby’s SPACE BLUES to get back to winning form.
A run of four straight victories came to an end with a below-par effort at Riyadh in February before a fourth at Meydan five weeks later.
But a close fourth to Kinross – Space Blues was beaten two necks and a head – in the Group 2 Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood last time was much more like it, and he holds a class edge over his eight opponents.
It’s hard to get away from REAL WORLD, trained by Appleby’s Godolphin colleague Saeed bin Suroor, in the Group 3 Sky Bet And Symphony Group Strensall Stakes (1.50).
At Sandown, INDIGO GIRL is worth another chance – despite a return-action-defeat last month – in the Group 3 Betway Atalanta Stakes (2.40).
The John and Thady Gosden-trained daughter of Dubawi took high rank among the juvenile fillies for 2020.
Off the course until last month, Frankie Dettori’s mount came home a below-par fourth to Dreamloper in the Group 3 Valiant Stakes at Ascot.
It’s likely the ground was quicker than ideal at the Queen’s racecourse, however, and this more forgiving surface will be more to my selection’s liking.