The Mandarin’s Saturday Selections from York, Sandown Park, Hexham & Chester

York

Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes (Listed) 3.05
Mandoob (nap)
He was second only to the smart Al Aasy at Ascot in the Buckhounds Stakes last month, just getting collared late on. There’s every chance that he’ll see out this trip without Ascot’s stiff finish, and has to be the one to beat. Brian Meehan will have him well prepped for this, and there should be more black type for his progressive and unexposed gelding

Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap 3.40
Devaste
We’ll chance our arm with the tough and reliable Devaste for this valuable handicap. Terry Kent’s gelding was runner-up to the re-opposing Showtime Mahomes here last month, but could go one better dropped to the bare minimum five furlongs. The high draw is a real help here to get the run on the stands side, and he is super each way value at the least from a featherweight mark

Sandown Park

Coral Scurry Stakes (Listed) 2.50
Live In The Dream
On the specialist five furlong track at Sandown, Live In The Dream made all in a Class 2 handicap back here in April. He couldn’t quite get to the head of affairs in the fast and furious Epsom Dash last weekend, but has every chance here to get back to winning ways. Frankie Dettori is a notable jockey booking, and he’s drawn next to the useful Caturra which should help him set the pace.

Coral Proud Supporter Of British Racing Handicap 4.00
Golden Voice
With the Somerville Lodge stable of William Haggas in such superlative form, it’s hard to ignore the appeal of Golden Voice, who was unlucky not to hold on at York last time out, missing out by a head in the final strides. The drop back to seven furlongs here is taken as a plus, and he’s sure to go close

Hexham

Stewy Hutton Memorial Race Novices’ Chase 2.30
Nero Rock
Things have really clicked for Jennie Candlish’s Shirocco gelding, with two wins at Sedgefield last month. He arrives here on a hat-trick, and with just the two rivals this should be a formality granted a clear round. The one to beat, but at a price that will reflect that

Follow Hexham Racecourse On Twitter Handicap Hurdle 3.45
Johnson’s Blue
Another hat-trick seeking runner on Hexham’s card, Johnson’s Blue clearly likes it here with two course and distance wins this year. Brian Hughes takes over the reins from Tom Midgley, and unbeaten at this track in all three appearances here, looks hard to oppose. Johnson’s Blue should be able to take this step up in grade in his stride with the Champion Jockey aboard, so gets the nod

Chester

Edinburgh Gin Boyzlife Handicap 3.55
Spirit Mixer (nb)
Sired by the great Frankel, Spirit Mixer is starting to get it all together as a four year old. He won here with plenty in hand last month, and this extra trip is surely in his range. Callum Hutchinson’s 5lb claim is useful once more, and he’s very high on the shortlist

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