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Sam James: Mudamer Can Make His Mark At York

With less than a week to go until Royal Ascot, I’m off to York on Saturday for three rides.
Sam James

The racing looks very competitive, which you would expect at York. Though I’d like to think I’ve got a good chance of coming away with a winner on the Knavesmire this weekend.

What is it like to ride at York?

I always enjoy going to York; it’s a lovely racecourse. It tends to be a fair track, but for some reason, it’s not every horse’s cup of tea. Sometimes, when the ground is on the quick side, it can ride very fast, especially on the sprint course. It looks like there could be some rain around, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather.

My Rides At York

2.25 – Mudamer (Geoffrey Hawker)

I know this horse quite well, as I won on him at Beverley last year. He wasn’t beaten very far when he made his seasonal comeback at Thirsk in May, and you’d like to think he would come on for it here. I think York will suit us, and we can take our time to get into the race. He’s been going very well at home, and I’d be quite keen on his chances to put up a big performance.

3.35 – Cover Point (Julie Camacho)

This lad hasn’t been with Julie long after he was previously trained by William Haggas. He seemed to progress well with every run last season, and he was last seen winning at Sandown. We’ve got a lightweight, and we’re drawn in Stall 14, which can be a positive on the sprint course, but the draw can vary from meeting to meeting at York. Julie does well with her sprinters, so it will be interesting to see what she can do with him here.

4.10 – Cracking Man (Karl Burke)

He’ll be making his racecourse debut here as a two-year-old. He’s by Unfortunately, who was a good sprinter for Karl a few years ago, so he’s bred to be speedy. I know he’s been going quite well at home, and we’d be hopeful for a nice first run.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend I hope you have a good one, and I’ll catch up with you again next week.

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