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Saturday, June 16, 2001



BP=best price of Coral (C), William Hill (H), Ladbrokes (L) and the Tote (T)


1) 261 JOHN HUNTER Barry Hills 4-10-00 Fergal Lynch 9
Lightly-raced top-weight John Hunter made an excellent debut when a strong-finishing second at Kempton over Easter. That was over 7f and a step up in trip to 1m 2f worked wonders at the second attempt as he won a Redcar maiden. However, this first handicap outing is tricky as the handicapper will have erred on the side of caution with the weight allocation. BP=14 L, T, H

2) 59-07 KINGSCLERE Ian Balding 4-9-04t Joe Fanning 6
One-time Derby hope Kingsclere (he actually ran in the Blue Riband finishing last after misbehaving) was gelded over the winter in the hope that it might rekindle his enthusiasm for the game. So far on two outings it has not worked but he is dropping down the weights BP=33 H

3) 070-6 ICE Mark Johnston 5-9-03v Kieren Fallon 2
Ice has four career victories at York to his name and clearly loves the Knavesmire. One outing this season when finishing sixth to stablemate Riberac at Beverley last month. He could easily score in this company and has the right man on board. BP=5 L

4) -0264 JEDI KNIGHT Mick Easterby 7-9-00 Pat Eddery 12
The booking of Pat Eddery for Jedi Knight could be significant and the seven-year-old put up a fair performance last time to finish a creditable 4th (beaten 3 lengths) by Bogus Dreams at Epsom last Saturday. Likes York. BP=6 L, T

5) -0600 JO MELL Tim Easterby 8-9-00 John Carroll 4
Anold campaigner for Northern-based Tim Easterby, but his price today looks plenty short enough for a horse who would seem to prefer softish ground and a bit shorter than this trip. Dropping dowm the weights. BP=6 L

6) 0083-INCH PERFECT Richard Fahey 6-8-12 Kevin Darley 11
This one is an interesting runner as he has won first time out for the past two seasons. His last performance on the flat on the all-weather at Southwell was not too bad but he may need further. BP=16 T

7) 1355- MUYASSIR Peter Makin 6-8-10 Tony Clark 10
Another one making his seasonal debut and probably best watched here because trainer Peter Makin has not really hit form yet. That said he was able to win handicaps at Kempton and Goodwood last season. BP=14 T, H

8) 0-100 MELODIAN Mel Brittain 6-8-10bl Tyrone Williams 5
A winner on his seasonal debut at Doncaster, Melodian has not been able to reproduce that form after being clobbered by the handicapper on his last two starts. Until he falls a bit in the ratings this one is best left alone. BP=20 L

9) 0550- WEALTHY STAR Nigel Tinkler 6-8-08 Kim Tinkler 13
Wealthy Star has not won for nearly two seasons and this event looks far too compettive. BP=50 H

10) 07009 TONY TIE Jim Goldie 5-8-04 Robert Winston 1
A scorer under top-weight at Newcastle last year. However, has not really been very close on his last few starts and you could not be confident of a going day today. BP=12 H

11) 23001 PENSION FUND Mick Easterby 7-8-01 Dale Gibson 8Won a Chester handicap that he finished third in the previous season, Pension Fund is in good form. Trainer Mick Easterby claimed to be astounded after that success, but has a much tougher task here. BP=7 T

12) -6163 BALLET MASTER Mick Easterby 5-8-01bl P Hanagan (5) 3
Already a winner of a race at Southwell earlier this term on the all-waether, Ballet Master was made favourite for a Newmarket contest last time and finished third. The claimer takes 5lb off his back today. BP=13/2 T, H

13) 05185 NASHAAB David Evans 4-7-13 Richard Mullen 7
Bottom weight Nashaab is certainly not out of this by any means and DavidEvans is a master in these types of races. Best on fast ground and he was only beaten two lengths last time. Any rain will not help. BP=8 L, T, H

An open handicap but ICE with Kieren Fallon up looks the each-way value.

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