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The Punt Daily: Tom Collins with three to follow at York

Richard Fahey: trainer of Eljayeff
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EYECATCHER

Eljayeff(4.50 York)

This is one of the most competitive nurseries you'll see during the Flat season, but Richard Fahey always seems to target the race and his Eljayeff looks his best chance of taking home the first prize. The Bungle Inthejungle colt bumped into useful sorts on his first two starts, but readily made amends when getting off the mark at the third time of asking at Carlisle when making all to win by five lengths. He followedthat run when denying an 83-rated runner at Ripon last time out and this step up in trip could suit. He looks likely to run a huge race under David Nolan.

DARK HORSE

Final Venture(1.55 York)

Although he hasn't won in his last 15 starts, Final Venture is the one for me in the opener. Paul Midgley's experienced sprinter, who has run well here in all four starts including when second to Take Cover in a Listed event last July, is beginning to look very well handicapped off a mark of 100 and will be capitalising sooner rather than later. He's as good at five furlongs as he is at six, so this trip is perfect, and he was only beaten three-quarters of a length by subsequent Group 2 fourth Mr Lupton here on his penultimate start.

EACH-WAY PLAY

Natural Scenery(4.15 York)

He needs to bounce back to form, but Saeed Bin Suroor's Natural Scenery is the classiest horse in this race and the booking of Christophe Soumillon and a return to York could be the catalyst. The five-year-old mare was on top of her game throughout last season, racking up two victories and three decent placed efforts, but went off the boil at Meydan over the winter and has just had two starts back in this country since. She performed better than her finishing position suggests in the Northumberland Plate before being outclassed by the useful Hamada last time. Her mark of 99 looks winnable.


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He looks likely to run a huge race under David Nolan
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