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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

All you need to know as No Lippy bids to maintain unbeaten record

No Lippy brings strong form to York for the Marygate Fillies' Stakes
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No Lippy, one of eight unbeaten runners in a 16-strong field for the Listed Langleys Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes (2.20), arguably possesses the best form.

After winning a soft-ground Doncaster maiden first time out, the Mark Johnston-trained juvenile justified 6-5 favouritism in Chester’s Lily Agnes Stakes on quicker terrain.

Watch No Lippy's Chester success

She showed an excellent attitude that day, digging deep to fend off Lihou by a length and a quarter, and there should be more to come.

Johnston said: “I don’t see there is any issue with the time since Chester, which is a perfectly suitable time period.

“Big-field sprints at York can be a little unpredictable, but she clearly has the form to be there.”

No ground issues for Vision

Strings Of Life, a winner at Newmarket’s Craven meeting last month for Charlie Appleby and William Buick, is also likely to be one of the leading contenders along with Carrie’s Vision, successful on her Yarmouth debut last month and the mount of Ryan Moore.

The filly’s trainer William Haggas, who has enjoyed success on the Knavesmire this week, said: “Carrie’s Vision will love the ground. She has a quick action, and a bit of speed. She is a nice filly and we like her. She has a good chance.”

Richard Fahey is also keen on his Dark Angel filly, Nicki’s Angel, successful at Musselburgh first time out.

“I was very pleased with her first run,” he said. “It’s not a great draw being stuck on the wing, but she picked up well at Musselburgh and I think she’s pretty smart.”

Aerosphere ready for take off

Bryan Smart’s Aerosphere will start at bigger odds, but this Beverley scorer should not be underestimated.

Her dam Rhal, who Smart trained, is proving a big success in the paddocks, and Aerosphere looked one to follow when beating subsequent Catterick scorer Shumookhi.

“She won well at Beverley,” Smart said. “The second and fourth, Signora Cabello, have won since so the form is looking good.

“It’s a very hot little race and a big ask, but we do like her and she’s hard as nails.”

Carpenter bids for repeat success

Master Carpenter sluiced up by five lengths in the Equinity Technology Handicap (4.05) last year, and returns off a 2lb lower mark.

However, the ground was soft on that occasion, and much quicker terrain is a slight concern for the seven-year-old.

Trainer Rod Millman said: “He has a very good record at York. I’d have liked a bit of rain for him, but York do a good job with the ground. I’m hopeful.”

Erik The Red has yet to win in six visits to the Knavesmire, but boasts a string of rock-solid efforts to his name at the track.

Adam Ryan, son and assistant to the gelding’s trainer Kevin, said: “It’s his first run of the year, but he’s in good order. He enjoys York, and will follow a similar programme to last year.”

John Gosden’s Valcartier remains unexposed after just five career starts and it would be no surprise to see the four-year-old take a step forward.

The trainer said: “He ran a nice comeback race at Wolverhampton the other day and is in good order. He should be suited by the track.”

Thundering Blue, who showed hugely progressive form for the David Menuisier stable last term prior to finishing seventh to Dolphin Vista in the Cambridgeshire, shaped nicely on his Epsom reappearance last month, and looks the type to make further improvement this summer.

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Big-field sprints at York can be a little unpredictable, but she clearly has the form to be there
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