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Saturday’s racing tips - 11/8 NAP to grasp Grand Cup glory at York

Jonathan Vine 14 Jun 2019
Mekong hacking up to win on heavy ground at Haydock last season.

Our expert takes a look through all of Saturday’s ITV races and picks out a strong challenger in the Listed feature at York as his NAP of the day with Unibet.

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3:00pm York Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes (Listed Race) 1m6f



There are several horses I like at much longer prices on Saturday afternoon, but MEKONG is my most confident selection of the afternoon in the Grand Cup Stakes. Austrian School looks a worthy adversary, but Mekong finished ahead of Mark Johnston’s stayer when the two clashed at Sandown and conditions at York on Saturday will be much more in the favourite’s favour.

Mekong has only been out of the places once since the start of 2018, showing consistent form in plenty of high-profile races. Ryan Moore’s mount hacked up through a storm to win a competitive Class Two handicap over this trip at Haydock last season and ended his campaign with an excellent showing at Ascot, where only Ghostwatch was able to outstay Ryan Moore’s mount.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge ran a lovely race on his reappearance in the Henry VII Stakes at Sandown. Dee Ex Bee proved a little too classy on the front-end, but Mekong stuck to his task well to hold off Austrian School and Making Miracles, on ground which seem far to fast for him before the race.

Soft ground at York, over a slightly shorter trip, looks perfect for Mekong. Stoute’s charge has always shown potential and he’s in the perfect hands to progress up to Grouped level once he lands this Listed prize on Saturday.


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