The Geek’s Weekend Horse Tips
The Geek has four TV Tips for you this weekend, two each from York and Sandown.
It’s no surprise to see Mukhayyam return to try to go one better than last year in this race for lady amateur riders. He was second off a mark of 81 last year but, though he’s 5lb higher this year, it’s worth remembering he won over course and distance off just a 3lb lower mark later in the season, before winning off a 2lb higher mark at Ripon in his next race. He also comes her after finishing a decent second in his prep-race at Chester. Trainer Tim Easterby has also saddled three of the last seven winners, whilst his daughter is again in the saddle like last year. The pair combined to win the 2016 renewal.
Mukhayyam (each-way) @ 6.00 Unibet – BET HERE
The last three renewals of the Scurry Stakes have been won by some useful horses in Waady, Easton Angel, and Battaash. Two of those winners were in the ownership of Maktoum Al Maktoum and his representative this year, Mokaatil, gets 5lb from Sound And Silence for a beating of just over two-lengths off level-weights at Ascot last season. That weight difference could swing things in his favour, especially as he was slowly away that day and had to put too much effort in too soon to get in contention. He also has to put a disappointing run behind him on his seasonal debut but, as his trainer Owen Burrows has been in great form so far in June, he should put up an improved performance today.
Mokaatil @ 6.00 Unibet – BET HERE
Weekender is joint top-rated with Marmelo and they are rated 5lb and upwards clear of the rest. However, whilst Marmelo looks to have the best form over two-miles, Weekender may prove ideally suited to this shorter trip. His record is one win and a second from two starts at the trip, but he actually passed the post in front before being demoted to second by the stewards on the first of those occasions. He may also handle the fast ground better than his main rival and looks worth a bet against more exposed rivals.
Weekender @ 3.75 Unibet – BET HERE
Manson was in terrible form when last seen in October but the break could have done him the world of good, especially as the handicapper has dropped him a few pounds since. He’s also run well on three of the four occasions he’s run at Sandown, including recording one of his two wins here in 2016 when he was also returning from a break. That win also came on fast ground and, as he’s by the sprinter Equiano, he’s bred to appreciate a fast surface. First-time blinkers also suggest that connections think first-time out may be the best time to catch him, all of which makes him an appealing each-way bet at a decent-price.
Manson (each-way) @ 15.00 Unibet – BET HERE