After Sharestan got scratched I ended up backing Secret Gesture in the York Stakes. She's only finished out of the money one time in her career in last season's G1 Prix De l'Opera at Longchamp. She's 10-3-5-1 now for her career to date. Producer ended up running a decent race too in 4th.
Sheikhzayed out battles Secret Gesture and Windhoek in a driving 3-way finish to win the G2 Sky Bet York Stakes at York.
@Euro Trash, bummer though because Godolphin scratched him and left in Windhoek & Long John to run in the York Stakes. I would expect Windhoek to run well in that race, but I don't believe Long John will stay 10-1/2f if he took a taxi.
I just went back for the first time in quite sometime and took another look again at Frankel's devastating performance in the 2012 Queen Anne Stakes. I describe that race as being akin to watching a bunch of cars all with 4-cylinder motors trying to run down a 1968 Chevelle with a 454 big block.
Give me 8 or 10-1 on Sharestan in the G2 York Stakes over 10-1/2f and I'll take it all day, every day. His career record to date is 13-7-1-3, but what applies here is the only 2 out of money finishes of Sharestan's career have both been at 12f when 9th behind St Nicholas Abbey in the 2013 Dubai Sheema Classic and 5th behind Telescope last out in the Hardwicke Stakes. Between a mile and 10-1/2f Sharestan has never finished worse than 3rd, and I've always thought him to be a pretty classy horse going back to his earlier days in Ireland when he was still racing for the Aga Khan.
@jonquil, I'm a also a big fan of Producer. I'm confident he stays further than a mile, but not completely convinced he'll get 10-1/2f. I would be happy to be proven wrong by Producer on that theory though.
My super-fecta pick for the G2 Sky Bet York Stakes: 1st-Sharestan 2nd-Secret Gesture 3rd-Windhoek 4th-Danadana. I very much like the other Godolphin horse in the race, Windhoek, but my gut feeling is that Kieren Fallon has chosen wrong here and passed the winner off to Paul Mulrennan who rides Sharestan.
I've picked this field apart just about every way possible, and foolish though I am, this will be my King George super-fecta: 1st-Telescope 2nd-Taghrooda 3rd-Magician 4th-Eagle Top.
Tasaday back in the winners circle for Godolphin, winning the listed Lyric Fillies Stakes at York, her first start since Dubai and first start in Great Britain for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor.
Kiyoshi ran a lot better this time too, only a 1-1/2 lengths behind Euro Charline in 2nd. Much better than either of her runs in the G1 Coronation Stakes or G1 Falmouth Stakes.
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