TurfTalk: Scalzo can make perfect start for new owner at York

Trainer John Gosden, looking to back up his Derby one-two with a win for Wannabe Yours in the Ian And Kate Hall Macmillan Ganton Stakes.
Trainer John Gosden, looking to back up his Derby one-two with a win for Wannabe Yours in the Ian And Kate Hall Macmillan Ganton Stakes.
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Scalzo can make a perfect start for new owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum by landing the 888Sport Charity Sprint at York.

Previous owner Rick Barnes agreed to sell his star three-year-old for an undisclosed sum after his impressive seven-length demolition job at Haydock last month.

Previously a Doncaster maiden winner, Scalzo made quite a splash on his handicap bow on Merseyside, making a mockery of his initial mark of 77 as he breezed home in taking fashion without really coming under any pressure at all.

His change of gear made quite an impression and it was easy to see why trainer Martyn Meade felt the Paco Boy colt was certainly up to good handicap, if not Group race level.

Sheikh Hamdan subsequently snapped up Scalzo and he could prove a shrewd recruit as he certainly looks likely to rate higher than his current perch of 95 in due course.

He faces tougher competition here, not least in the shape of the well-regarded unbeaten Twilight Son.

But Scalzo should be up to the challenge.

John Gosden certainly enjoyed a day to remember last Saturday with his Derby one-two.

And while Wannabe Yours is not of that calibre, he should be good enough in the Ian And Kate Hall Macmillan Ganton Stakes.

He won three times last year, including by nine lengths in a Doncaster handicap, which saw his mark shoot up to 100 and then 109.

He fell well short on his final start last term but that could have just been a step too far too soon and he should be nicely refreshed following a winter break.

Likely’s maiden win last year looks excellent form and despite the fact she will be having just her second racecourse outing, she merits support in the Winner Bet & Watch Scurry Stakes at Sandown.

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