EPSOM DERBY winner Golden Horn is the star attraction on a stellar card at York tomorrow – which Leeds owner Andy Taylor is optimistic of beginning with a bang.
Golden Horn cannot be opposed in a cracking renewal of the Juddmonte International (3.40pm), even if 2,000 Guineas winner Gleneagles is a much feared opponent.
Gleneagles has won his last eight races and is tough as teak but the step up to one mile two furlongs asks a big question and Golden Horn is rated eight pounds inferior.
As far as 8-11 shots go, Golden Horn should be a pretty good one in a belting race that also includes the improving Time Test plus Hambleton raider The Grey Gatsby.
But if The Grey Gatsby fails to land a ‘home win’ in the day’s feature, hopes are high that Taylor’s Desert Law can strike a blow for Yorkshire in the first (1.55pm).
The reliable sprinter seems to be improving at the age of seven with Paul Midgley’s gelding looking in rude health when romping away with a conditions event at Nottingham last time.
He now carries a 6lbs penalty under top weight tomorrow but Taylor is in optimistic mood.
He told the YEP: “The horse is so well that even with a 6lbs penalty and top weight should put up a good performance.
“Hopefully this is his last handicap before moving on to better things.”
He could be a big price at 12-1 as part of a card where Derby third Storm The Stars is also fancied to land another win for Yorkshire in the Great Voltigeur (3.05pm).
Storm The Stars faces a few lightly raced types who could be anything but clearly sets the standard on his Epsom Derby effort.
His Yorkshire-born trainer William Haggas will have him fine tuned for this assignment and odds of 10-3 look decent about the obvious horse in the race.
Then, in the handicap at 4.20pm, there’s a horse who sticks out like a sore thumb in Heartbreak City.
This chap is trained by Irish raider Tony Martin - one of the shrewdest in the business - who has this French import lined up with just 8st 4lbs tomorrow.
Martin enjoyed a brilliant Galway Festival and with this horse also holding two entries on Friday at York you suspect he could be very well handicapped.