Niceofyoutotellme weighted to beat Nabucco in York’s Magnet Cup
Ralph Beckett’s Niceofyoutotellme enjoys a handy 3lbs pull with John Gosden’s Nabucco, a horse he beat by a length at Newmarket last time out. Nabucco has since gone on to win a nice race himself for which he incurred a 5lb penalty for this race.
The market leader is Stencive, trained by William Haggas and ridden by Graham Lee. The gelding came close to landing a gamble at Royal Ascot when second to Opinion last month.
Lee is making a habit of winning these big Saturday handicaps after victories on Tominator (Northumberland Plate) and Prince of Johanne (Coral Challenge) in the last fortnight. Stencive has been chalked up at 6-1 favourite to give him a hat-trick of big handicap successes.
Haggas has also left Danchai in the field despite his slightly disappointing run on Saturday but there is no place for Fast Or Free. Richard Fahey’s Area Fifty One heads the weights and he could be joined by stable companions Garde Cotiere, Lord Aeryn, Hi There and Spirit Of The Law.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Rye House was an impressive winner over course and distance in May but missed his intended Ascot engagement. Last year’s winner King’s Warrior retains an entry, as does Saturday’s Old Newton Cup winner Star Lahib.
Connections of the filly have not ruled out a quick reappearance under a 5lb penalty and a decision will be taken later in the week. Johnston could also run Fennell Bay who stayed on doggedly to finish third at Haydock.
Another progressive handicapper is Clon Brulee, an effortless winner at Ripon before following up under a 6lb rise at Redcar. Luca Cumani has Validus entered whilst Godolphin’s Expert Fighter is an unknown quantity after winning cosily at Kempton on the all-weather surface.
David Simcock’s Whispering Warrior has won five of his last six starts, rising over two stone in the handicap in the process. Doncaster Spring Mile winner Educate could be asked to step up in trip after failing to make an impression in the Royal Hunt Cup.