Turf Talk: Trainer Alan King can make more headway on the Flat at York

Trainer Alan King. PIC: Tim Goode/PA Wire
Trainer Alan King. PIC: Tim Goode/PA Wire
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Burguillos has an awful lot going for him on the Knavesmire at York.

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 on the Knavesmire.

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.

The five-year-old gelding is only 3lb higher than when he won at Ascot last September and did not run too badly at Yarmouth last month – despite having missed the break.

This does not look a great race by York’s standards and yet Gothic Empire could still be overpriced.

Pastoral Player loves it at Goodwood and can be trusted to run with honour in the seven-furlong apprentice handicap back at the West Sussex circuit.

It should also pay to throw a few bob in the direction of Halawain, who was a good third at Pontefract since having been gelded and might well thrive over a longer trip in the seven-furlong handicap at Sandown.


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.

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 (next best), 4.05 Sainted, 4.40 Monjeni, 5.15 Opposition.