York team takes shape

Wed 21 Aug 2019

With a trio of runners declared for Friday the Carlburg team is now six strong as we search for a winner or two on the Knavesmire this week.

Gibbs Hill, Molatham and Edaraat join today's runner Queen Of Desire and the two fillies Salayel and Tauteke on our confirmed list for the first three days, with Gibbs Hill making his racecourse reappearance having not travelled with much zest on his comeback in the Northumberland Plate.

Paul Smith's grey has been working away well and will take up his engagement in the valuable mile-and-a-half class 2 handicap on Friday, a full half a mile shorter than we tried him over at Newcastle in the Plate. He heads the weights off an official mark of 105 but we would be confident he retains a good deal of the ability he showed when taking apart a Kempton handicap two years ago.

Molatham made a fine start to his career in atypically well-contested Ascot maiden over six furlongs last month. The step up in trip will certainly suit the son of first season sire Night Of Thunder and we expect him to take a good step forward and be very competitive in the valuable Convivial maiden. He is well entered up in the early-closing group races over the next couple of months and we think he is a smart prospect for his owner Hamdan Al Maktoum.

The pair of three-year-old fillies run in the two closing races on the card on Thursday and both have the potential to be smart types. Tauteke found the Oaks a bit too much too early and has had a nice break since. She has always shown a lot of ability in her work but clearly needs to show more on the track to be very competitive in the Listed Galtres Stakes over a mile-and-a-half. In a race lacking an obvoius potential star she doesn't travel without a chance. 

Salayel came to us from Dubai in the new year and is another who has shown a good level of ability in her home work. She finished well clear of the third when just unable to collar California Love in a handicap on the July course and took a bit of a rise in the weights for that effort. In a maximum field containing a few unexposed and progressive sorts she's going to need to have a bit more in hand to prevail but seven furlongs on good ground should suit her very well. 


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