Turf Talk: Sovereign Debt tipped to put punters in credit at York

Sovereign Debt winning the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Celebration Stakes at the Irish Derby Festival in 2015,  ridden by Chris Hayes. PIC: Pat Healy/PA Wire
Sovereign Debt winning the Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Celebration Stakes at the Irish Derby Festival in 2015, ridden by Chris Hayes. PIC: Pat Healy/PA Wire
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Sovereign Debt can put punters in credit by getting back to winning ways in the Ganton Stakes at York on Friday.

The popular nine-year-old, trained by Ruth Carr just 25 miles from the track at Huby, showed signs of a return to form when fourth in the Diomed Stakes at Epsom recently.

Master Carpenter winning the Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap at York's 2017 Dante Festival,  ridden by Phil Makin. PIC: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Master Carpenter winning the Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap at York's 2017 Dante Festival, ridden by Phil Makin. PIC: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

He was second in this Listed race two years ago when in the hands of the late Dandy Nicholls and enjoyed a fruitful 2017 that included a hat-trick of successes.

Though Sovereign Debt has yet to strike since the Diomed last summer, he certainly retains plenty of ability and can gain a welcome win not far from home.

Master Carpenter won the John Smith’s Cup on this course in 2015 and invariably runs well on the Knavesmire when sent up from Rod Millman’s Devon base.

Though he too is entering the veteran stage of his career at the age of seven, the light still shines bright and his fourth place over this course and distance last month suggests he can get on the scoresheet in the Mr Green’s Gentleman’s Day Handicap.

Sandra’s Secret has struck a purple patch of late with two convincing victories at Ripon.

While she is in such tremendous form, it could be unwise to oppose Les Eyre’s mare and the five-year-old is taken to complete the hat-trick in the EBF Breeders’ Series Fillies’ Handicap.

A total rise of 13lb in the weights for those two wins is unlikely to halt her winning run.

Preening had to settle for second place at Thirsk a month ago on her first start for 211 days.

James Fanshawe’s lightly-raced three-year-old can go one better in the 188Bet Casino British Stallions Fillies’ Handicap at Sandown.

Stepping back up to seven furlongs can work the oracle for Air Of York in the Robert Stephens Racing Club Supports The IJF Handicap at Chepstow.

John Flint’s six-year-old was putting in his best work at the end of the six furlongs when fifth to Harry Beau at the Welsh venue on his latest start, giving the impression this trip can see him register his third win of the year.

Ship Of The Fen is worth a chance over a mile and a half in the Clemtech 20th Anniversary Handicap at Goodwood.

The three-year-old colt, trained by Martyn Meade, got off the mark over 10 furlongs at Doncaster in April and stuck to that trip when he was far from disgraced when fifth to Connect at Epsom after being slowly away.

The handicapper has lowered Ship Of The Fen by 1lb for that effort, but the extra distance could bring out improvement.

A star attraction over jumps is Evan Williams’ smart hurdler John Constable, who can make a winning debut over fences in the Len Fowell New Chapter In Semi Retirement Novices’ Chase.

SOBOT’S SELECTIONS

AINTREE: 5.45 Good Tradition, 6.15 Cracker Factory, 6.50 Petrou, 7.20 Cause Toujours, 7.55 Gris De Pron, 8.25 Shazzamataz, 8.55 High Jinx.

CHEPSTOW: 5.55 Winklemann, 6.25 Steeve, 7.00 Dashing Poet, 7.30 Air Of York, 8.05 David’s Beauty, 8.35 Outlane, 9.05 Maroc.

GOODWOOD: 6.05 Qeyaadah, 6.35 Dandy Lad, 7.10 Ship Of The Fen, 7.40 Gather, 8.15 Jetstream, 8.45 Surya.

NEWTON ABBOT: 2.10 Igougo, 2.45 Hammersly Lake, 3.20 Flow With Eve, 3.55 John Constable, 4.30 Admiral’s Sunset, 5.00 Third Act, 5.30 Storm Fire.

SANDOWN: 2.00 Firelight, 2.35 Eagle Hunter, 3.10 Warsaan, 3.45 Pivoine, 4.20 Preening, 4.50 We Are The World, 5.25 Mythological.

YORK: 1.50 Reloaded, 2.20 Master Carpenter, (next best) 2.55 My Ukulele, 3.30 Juanito Chico, 4.05 SOVEREIGN DEBT (NAP), 4.40 Sandra’s Secret (treble), 5.15 Zeelander.

Elarqam ridden by Jim Crowley. PIC: Nigel French/PA Wire

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