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With Salisbury called off because of waterlogging, Saturday's best action is at York. The Knavesmire will play host to Royal Ascot next June, though with boys in playgrounds across the country whacking each other with conkers (prior to their parents instructing no-win-no-fee lawyers) that seems a long way off.
The hottest betting contest of the day is the Coral Sprint Cup and with co-favourites, Compton's Eleven and Mutawaqed both likely to have prices which make each-way betting attractive, it is a race that merits study. Of the two Mutawaqed looks the pick.
The Mikael Magnusson-trained six year old has been running with credit all season, while not often getting his nose in front. However, he has showed a marked liking for York, winning over course and distance in July and coming second in this race last year. His in and out performances have kept him on a reasonable mark having been dropped 2lbs for a solid fourth in the Ayr Gold Cup when the ground was too slow.
Compton's Eleven, on the other hand, has been harshly treated by the handicapper after a bout of second-it is. He is high enough in the weights and both co-favourites may be vulnerable to a less exposed horse like Smart Hostess. That said Magnusson is in fine form. He did this column a favour when sending out Kehaar to win at 13/2 at Ascot a fortnight ago. Since then he has had just one runner, Manorson, who finished a close second at Newmarket at generous odds of 12/1.
Some good two-year olds contest the Newton Investment Management Rockingham Stakes. Form in these juvenile contests is hard to assess, but on breeding Martin Jarvis's Newsround really catches the eye. He is a beautifully bred son of Cadeaux Genereux and with Bering as a dam sire won't want for speed over six furlongs.
2:05 York Newsround (win)
3:40 York Mutawaqed (each-way)
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