REDCAR stages the second day of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival on Sunday – and Yorkshire trainers look poised to make hay while the sun shines.
Malton trainer Tim Easterby can get the white rose county off to a flying start on Circus Family Fun Day with Optician, ridden by the reliable David Allan, in the Racing TV Now EBF Restricted Novice Stakes (Division One).
The Expert Eye colt was a promising fourth behind James Horton’s Sound Pressure on his debut over six furlongs at Redcar last month and is expected to do better now he's focusing on the extra furlong.
Newmarket challenger Out of Shadows, trained by Marco Botti and ridden by high-flying apprentice Benoit de la Sayette, looks the danger after his debut win in a Brighton maiden.
Division Two can go to Middleham in the form of Charlie and Mark Johnston’s Venetian, with veteran Franny Norton in the saddle. Venetian was well clear of the rest when runner-up on his debut at Lingfield a month ago and can go one better. Kevin Ryan’s debutante, Ironopolis, is worthy of a market check for signs of confidence.
Ryan, who trains at Thirsk, looks to have a solid chance of landing the Sky Bet Extra Places Every Day Handicap half an hour later with Time To Parley, who looked like her time was coming soon when third on her handicap debut at Ayr last week.
James Horton, formerly assistant to Sir Michael Stoute, is making his mark since being lured to Middleham by John and Jess Dance, and it would be no surprise to see the partnership keep up the momentum in the Sky Bet Go-Racing-In-Yorkshire Summer Festival Handicap with Encourageable. The fact that he was tried in listed company at Sandown last time is an indication that he’s rated by connections and he’s on an attractive mark back in handicap company with the strong assistance of PJ McDonald.
That said, David O’Meara’s Azano (pictured below) was a listed winner in Redcar’s Guisborough Stakes in October, and he could provide stiff opposition if he bounces back after a disappointing run of form.
Mac Ailey, another Tim Easterby charge, goes into bat for the Redcar Cricket Club Handicap and looks up to the task following his best run of the season when third of 13 in a Carlisle handicap a fortnight ago. David Allan is again in the saddle.
The penultimate Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Claiming Stakes looks to be at the mercy of another North Yorkshire contender – the Paul Midgley-trained Regular Income. Significantly dropped in grade, he has the form credentials to account for just two rivals under Graham Lee.
Yorkshire can round off the day with Red Force One – trained at East Appleton by Phil Kirby and ridden by the talented Ryan Sexton – aiming to follow up last month’s handicap victory at Musselburgh in the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Handicap.