Racing: Saturday preview

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Lady Cecil can secure a second successive victory in the Betfred Ebor at York courtesy of perceived stable second-string Retirement Plan.

The trainer landed an emotional success with Tiger Cliff last year and Mighty Yar appears to be the leading contender from Warren Place with Frankie Dettori booked.

However, preference is for Retirement Plan who only just scraped into the race by virtue of the 4lb penalty he incurred for winning at Ascot’s Shergar Cup meeting.

Previously disappointing in his first couple of outings, Retirement Plan received an excellent ride from Canadian pilot Emma-Jayne Wilson to run out a length-and-a-quarter winner over the enterprisingly ridden Buckland.

Always well placed, he could be called the winner from probably half a furlong out as he assumed control and won going away in the style of a potentially useful beast.

Retirement Plan was considered a possible St Leger type last term and while things have clearly not been straightforward since as he did not run again until this year after winning at Goodwood last August, the Monsun colt clearly has ability.

His draw in stall one may not be viewed as ideal but as he has been sharply away in his recent outings, he is capable of taking an early position, although a glance over the recent roll of honour suggests there is no real bias at all on the Knavesmire.

Glenalmond made quite a splash when winning on his debut at Ayr last month and he can make a swift ascent to Pattern class in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes.

Trainer Karl Burke is not afraid to aim high with his inmates and Glenalmond certainly boasts a Group One pedigree as a full-brother to former Richard Fahey-trained star Wootton Bassett as well as being a half-brother to six other winners.


CARTMEL: 2.30 Bonne Fee, 3.05 Top Billing, 3.40 Clara McCloud, 4.15 Cara Court, 4.50 Urban Gale, 5.20 cool Sky, 5.55 Dorry K.

CURRAGH: 2.00 Easter, 2.35 Chestnut Fire, 3.10 Russian Soul, 3.45 Gone Viral, 4.20 I Will Excel, 4.55 Miller Beach, 5.25 Sea The Lion.

GOODWOOD: 2.20 Astrelle, 2.55 Rene Mathis, 3.30 Master Carpenter, 4.05 Penny Pepper, 4.40 Kings Fete, 5.15 Balmoral Castle, 5.50 Hooded.

KILLARNEY: 1.45 Pyromaniac, 2.15 Tulsa Jack, 2.50 Giant’s Quest, 3.25 Rough Justice, 4.00 Cavite Beta, 4.35 Loosen My Load, 5.05 Steel Wave, 5.35 Waaheb.

NEWMARKET: 2.10 Rahmah, 2.45 Kasb, 3.20 Esteaming, 3.55 Intrinsic, 4.30 Fyrecracker, 5.05 Ghaawy, 5.40 Indian Tinker.

REDCAR: 5.30 Run Fat Lass Run, 6.00 Show Boat, 6.30 Bread, 7.00 Golden Spear, 7.30 Two B’s, 8.00 Armelle.

WINDSOR: 5.10 State Of The Union, 5.45 Swiss Kiss, 6.15 Certificate, 6.45 Al Kazeem, 7.15 Pinzolo, 7.45 Shot In The Dark.

YORK: 2.05 Farraaj, 2.40 Rocket Ship, 3.15 Glenalmond, 3.40 RETIREMENT PLAN (NAP), 4.25 Showing Character, 5.00 I’m Fraam Govan, 5.35 Online Alexander.

DOUBLE: Retirement Plan and Glenalmond.