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Burguillos fit for King in hat-trick bid at York

 

By Chris Wilson

Alan King is more renowned as a National Hunt trainer, of course, but he has had a decent spell on the Flat this summer and can make more headway with Burguillos at York.

Burguillos's last appearance came at York during the Dante festival when he was sent off at odds of 3-1 in a mile-and-a-half handicap on soft ground.

The four-year-old chestnut did not win on a surface that would not really have been up his ally, yet he still did well to stick to the task to finish second.

Though that was a creditable run, it is interesting that King has decided to revert to a mile and a quarter with him in the Peter 'Sooty' Sutton Memorial Handicap.

Burguillos did some serious damage over that trip at Leicester on May 9 when he charged gamely clear of Wapping, who won at Brighton earlier in the week and is now on a hat-trick.

King's inmate is a great deal higher in the weights, but he is clearly still in fine fettle and should enjoy himself on the faster ground and over a shorter distance.

Gothic Empire is respected in the seven-furlong handicap for the James Fanshawe team. This does not look a great race by York's standards and yet Gothic Empire could still be overpriced.

AINTREE: 6.15 Destiny's Gold, 6.50 Minotaur, 7.20 Champagne At Tara, 7.55 Master Of Irony, 8.25 Altiepix, 8.55 Lets Go Dutchess.

CHEPSTOW: 5.55 Merchant Marine, 6.25 Inconceivable, 7.00 Frantical, 7.30 Rustique, 8.05 Sumou, 8.35 Arthurthedelegator, 9.05 Kashgar.

FAIRYHOUSE: 5.40 Damselfly, 6.10 Shinko Princess, 6.40 Buddha Boy, 7.15 Furiosa, 7.45 Pari Passu, 8.20 Ligeti, 8.50 Lost History.

GOODWOOD: 6.05 Royal Household, 6.35 Pastoral Player, 7.10 Mudaarab, 7.40 Galactic Prince, 8.15 Gloriosus, 8.45 Cool Team.

NEWTON ABBOT: 2.10 Delface, 2.45 Bagad Bihoue, 3.20 Parlour Maid, 3.55 Newton Geronimo, 4.30 Rebel Yeats, 5.00 Guanciale, 5.30 Nuclear.

SANDOWN: 2.00 Global Academy, 2.35 Musbaq, 3.10 Halawain, 3.45 Shargiah, 4.20 Time Chaser, 4.50 Archetype, 5.25 Blushing Red

YORK: 1.50 Tulip Fever, 2.20 BURGUILLOS (NAP), 2.55 Milton Road, 3.30 Gothic Empire, 4.05 Sainted, 4.40 Monjeni, 5.15 Opposition.

DOUBLE: Burguillos and Gothic Empire

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