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Fallon's Mad for it at the Knavesmire; Best Bet Saturday.

Byline: Paul Castles

PUNTERS may be keeping their powder dry over the weekend as they prepare for some serious action at Royal Ascot next week.

There is though some very competitive action around today especially at York and Sandown.

Up at the Knavesmire the Yorkshire stables are well represented in the Ladbrokes.

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However, the in-form Distant Memories, trained at Tadcaster by Tom Tate looks the pick.

The reliable son of Falbrav had some solid form in this company last season and made a positive seasonal return when narrowly going down at Pontefract.

The following Reg Griffin Memorial Trophy is held in honour of the late Timeform guru and punters will need all the assistance from the form experts to unravel this 20-runner handicap over six furlongs.

Hoof It has won three on the bounce for local handler Mick Easterby but a 13lb rise in the weights may signal the end of his winning sequence.

There are plenty with claims including top weight Swilly Ferry but right at the very foot of the handicap Kieren Fallon is an eyecatching booking for James Hetherton's Madam Macie.

The filly has been raised 10lb for her recent Haydock win but she had buckets to spare that day and off the bottom weight still looks capable of a serious bid.

Michael Jarvis sends Thaahira up to York for the Daniel Prenn Royal Yorkshire Handicap and this filly could prove a shade too good for her most of her rivals here.

She did not get the best of runs at Goodwood last time but prior to that she had shown promise when scoring over this 10-furlong trip at Chester.

The feelgood factor will still be buzzing around Sir Michael Stoute's Freemason Lodge stables after Workforce ran away with the Derby seven days ago.

Down at Sandown don't miss Stoute's Muwakaba in the Totescoop6 Handicap.

The filly won her only race at two but was a disappointing last of five on her seasonal return at York.

She is better than she showed that day and deserves a chance to make amends here under Derbywinning pilot Ryan Moore.
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Date:Jun 12, 2010
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