Friday's York best bets and racing tips: La Trinidad to claim first win of season

Friday's evening meeting comes from York on July 22, and the Planet Sport tipsters have an interesting bunch of selections for you.

It's the Music Showcase Weekend at York on Friday and Saturday, so you get the added bonus of racing, which includes the Lyric Stakes, and chart-topping band for the price of your ticket. Madness, who are no strangers to a racecourse gig, are in action on Friday night.

But before you get to stomp about to Suggs and the other Nutty Boys you'll need a quick run through of Friday's selections below. You can also get all the latest racecards and results using the Planet Sport live centre.

17:20 (York) Liamarty Dreams

17:55 (York) La Trinidad

18:25 (York) Dream Together

18:55 (York) Cobalt Blue

19:25 (York) Poptronic

19:55 (York) The Flying Ginger

20:25 (York) Beauzon

17:55 (York) La Trinidad

Roger Fell's La Trinidad briefly looked like playing a hand in the finish in the ultra-competitive John Smith's Cup before his stamina gave way.

That race is over an extended 10 furlongs and given all his best form has come at a mile, it was no surprise he faded to finish 13th of 22, beaten just over six lengths.

He has been dropped another 2lb in the weights, though, so is now just 1lb higher than his last win, which was also at York, although he does tend to race almost exclusively there.

What his last run did show was that he was in good form and not far off winning again.

19:25 (York) Poptronic

Karl Burke's Poptronic can book her ticket for the Yorkshire Oaks by winning the British Stallion Studs EBF Lyric Fillies' Stakes.

The three-year-old has to carry a penalty for winning the Group Three Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle, but that race looked a stronger event.

Poptronic has really appeared on the scene with little fanfare but there is no mistaking she has the makings of a top-class filly.

She hinted at it when winning at Ripon conceding weight all around, but she did not head into the Newcastle race strongly fancied, sent off at 8/1.

Dropping marginally in trip to 10 furlongs, the same distance she faces again, it took her until well inside the final one before she showed her superiority but eventually she came away to beat the Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Rogue Millennium, who was not disgraced when seventh in the Oaks itself.

Back in third was Pearl Beach, who takes her on again and has two and a half lengths to find, while John and Thady Gosden's Judith is defending an unbeaten record.

Joe Tuite's Via Sistina is another capable of better than we have seen to date - but if there is one filly with Group One pretensions then it looks to be Poptronic.

19:55 (York) The Flying Ginger

Fell also has a good chance in the Gallop Racing Handicap with The Flying Ginger who was third in a Listed race last time out. This drop in trip will help her.

John Smith's Cup fourth Spirit Dancer and the returning Marching Army are others to consider.

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