The Michael Seely Memorial Stakes is one of the features at York and it is a wide-open contest.
ON HER TOES already has plenty of experience under her belt and comes out best rated by BTO+. William Haggas' runner makes her seasonal debut having shown a decent level of form last campaign. On Her Toes landed a hat-trick, with her third win coming in a Listed affair at Sandown by three-quarters-of-a-length. The daughter of Kodiac could only finish third in the Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket on her final start of the last campaign, but that was the filly's fifth race in less than two months and she may have felt the repercussions to such a busy schedule. On Her Toes travels to the Knavesmire plenty fresh and won her maiden at Windsor on soft ground, so she'll handle conditions. Haggas has been in deep purple and boasts a 26% better-than-expected win rate in the past fortnight.
John Gosden has been in frantic form of late and saddles DANCING BREEZE. She is second-best rated by BTO+ heading into the contest having had just the one start. Dancing Breeze was a highly impressive winner at Newmarket last month and went into plenty of notebooks. The daughter of New Approach scored by half-a-length and produced all of her best work in the closing stages of the race. Dancing Breeze should come on plenty for the affair, although she does have to prove she can handle cut in the going. Gosden has been firing on all cylinders as he brags a 20% better-than-expected strike rate in the past two weeks.
SIBILANCE puts her unbeaten record on the line at York. The daughter of Bated Breath has won both her career starts and she steps into Pattern company for the first time. Sibilance did it the hard way from the front to score by one-and-a-quarter lengths at Kempton on debut last season. She ran at Kempton again on her seasonal reappearance last month and Fran Berry again took his charge to the front. Sibilance was raced prominently and ran on gamely in the closing stages to register a two-and-a-quarter length success. On soft ground, front-running tactics could prove effective and Sibilance has to be respected.
The team of Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni always warrant respect and they gloat a superb 72% better-than-expected strike rate at York. The duo team up with TOMYRIS, who shouldn't be counted out. The daughter of Invincible Spirit was fourth on her debut at Kempton last year, but that race was won by Daban, so it was a strong maiden. Tomyris had no problems to break her duck second time out last month at Newmarket where she won by one-and-a-half lengths. However, the second has been beaten since so Varian's runner may need to step it up a gear.
MULHIMATTY makes her second career after scratching off her maiden tag on the first time of asking. She scored at Newbury last month but the second from the race finished well down the field on her next start.
CLASSICAL TIME cruised to victory at Redcar last month. She dropped back into maiden company having finished fifth in her final start in Listed company at Newmarket last season. and Classical Time needs to improve on that form.
Article Posted on Friday 19th May 2017 @ 09.32
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