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Hoof It stablemate tipped to get into winning groove at Redcar
Sheriff Hutton trainer Mick Easterby, whose stablestar Hoof It is set to make his re-appearance at York on Wednesday, can figure in the winning groove at Redcar this afternoon with nap selection Aerodynamic in the feature race.
Aerodynamic is a good description of Hoof It’s sprinting prowess. He won twice on Knavesmire last season before bolting home under top weight in the Stewards’ Cup at Goodwood before only narrowly failing to gain Group 1 honours in the Haydock Park Sprint Trophy.
The powerhouse gelding, part-owned by top golfer Lee Westwood, will be ridden for the first time in his career by Ryan Moore on Wednesday in the Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes.
Aerodynamic is obviously not in the same league of ability as Hoof It, but he is more than capable in his own grade and the Betfred Is Backing Barney Handicap over seven furlongs looks a good opportunity for him.
Aerodynamic ran a blinder on his re-appearance at the opening Doncaster meeting, coming from well off the pace to be beaten little more than two lengths into sixth place by Karaka Jack.
He is taken on this afternoon by two decent rivals, No Poppy and Little Jimmy Odsox, both trained by Tim Easterby. But Tim may have to bow on this occasion to his uncle Mick with Aerodynamic, the mount of Paddy Aspell.
Shane B Kelly rode a good race to win on Fazza for Edwin Tuer at Thirsk on Saturday and the talented apprentice has good prospects of following up aboard Eastern Destiny in the opening Hambleton Racing Supports Barney’s Challenge Handicap.
Trained by Richard Fahey, Kelly’s in-form boss, Eastern Destiny ran only twice last season, but scored nicely at Thirsk on her second start. She does not look badly handicapped off a mark of 70 and should give Kelly a good ride.
John Quinn’s Zomerlust (3.00) won a claimer on this course last month and has every chance of winning another today, while Newmarket challenger Shaleek (3.30), trained by Roger Varian, looks sure to be at cramped odds to open her winning account in the maiden after finishing a creditable second in all her three starts.
The roadshow moves on to Beverley tomorrow before York’s Dante Festival gets underway and Toto Skyllachy looks sure to make a bold bid in the Beverley Racecourse Is Perfect For Weddings Handicap.
The David O’Meara-trained gelding won over this course and distance last week and is fancied to defy a 6lb penalty.
In the Annie Oxtoby Memorial Handicap, Diamond Blue should go well under Amy Ryan and is awarded the nap vote.
Richard Whitaker’s sprinter shaped well to finish third at Catterick last week and is open to further improvement.
The Fahey stable, firing on all cylinders at present, can make further inroads at Beverley.
The Musley Bank trainer has decent winning chances with Fly Fisher (2.00), Flashman (3.30) and Warcrown (4.30).
2.00 Eastern Destiny, 2.30 Aerodynamic (NAP), 3.00 Zomerlust, 3.30 Shaleek, 4.00 Oldjoesaid, 4.30 Mount Seymour.
Today’s other meetings
Windsor, Towcester and Wolverhampton.
2.00 Fly Fisher, 2.30 First Bid, 3.00 Diamond Blue (NAP), 3.30 Flashman, 4.00 Toto Skyllachy, 4.30 Warcrown, 5.00 Dorry K.
Tomorrow’s other meetings
Hereford, Kempton, Southwell and Wincanton.