August 20 Racing Tips: Golden Pal to strike in Nunthorpe Stakes at York

Planet Sport tipster Luke Elder is back to give you a steer towards finding some winners at York and Salisbury on Friday, August 20.

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Here's a snapshot of Friday's selections. Click on the horses name to have a punt with Planet Sport Bet.

Golden Pal (3.35 York)

Aldaary (5.10 York)

Grand Scheme (7.53 Salisbury)

3.35 York - Golden Pal

Elder says: "The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes is one of the most exciting races of the York Ebor Festival, in particular this year as well, with the addition of the American raider, Golden Pal, who has ventured to these shores once in his past.

"He was second in the Norfolk, beaten by The Lir Jet. He was pretty exciting on that occasion all the same, had quickened about a couple lengths clear around a furlong left to go, and just a stiff finish caught him out in his two-year-old days.

"But we haven't seen him all that often. He went back to Saratoga and, in fairness, beat not much to start after that with Fauci back in second place and then went for the Breeders' Cup and was absolutely phenomenal.

"He won the race in the first, well I would say furlong but the first couple of strides in truth the race was put to bed, he quickened very nicely off the home straight as well and he was awesome on that day.

"He was good last time round once again at Saratoga but this is going to be a real test for him. We are racing against horses who are more established at this sort of company and also older horses as well for Golden Pal to be worried about.

"The likes of Suesa was very impressive at Goodwood last time around, I'd like to see her do it again, she has also got to contest with the fastest ground that she will have raced on in her career so far, unless we have some unforeseen rain overnight.

"Suesa is of interest, watch out for Arecibo as well, he's quirky but a fast pace will lead him into the race. He could be of interest from an each-way point of view, but I can't wait to see Golden Pal."

5.10 York - Aldaary

We'll keep our attentions over at York for the second selection of the day, the 5.10, their final race on the card is one of interest in quite a few improving sorts in this race. The likes of Royal Fleet is unbeaten so far, he's sure to attract a fair few punters and was odds on last time round when winning in a fairly nice fashion and also beating some useful horses, Latest Generation back in second place.

That was at Newmarket, switching over to York will be tougher and this is a far deeper race as well, so I'll take the experience of Aldaary, a horse who I've liked for quite a while, I was quite keen on him at Royal Ascot a couple of starts ago in the Buckingham Palace. Was fifth on that occasion, filled the same position when running last time round in the International back at Ascot.

I do think a step up in trip to just shy of a mile will help him out. I would appreciate a bit of softer ground, but the rain isn't due to come, however, I might just have that wrong about Aldaary in fairness.

"He's run on good-to-firm the last twice, it might be time to re-evaluate him as for his ground preferences.

"So Aldaary I think will run well, yes Royal Fleet is going to be tough to beat but hopefully Jim Crowley has picked wrong and Dane O'Neill can get a win in his absence."

7.53 Salisbury - Grand Scheme

"For the final selection of the day comes over at Salisbury in the 7.53, their final race on the card. One for stayers over a mile, six furlongs and 44 yards so stamina very much at a premium. It will be a flag start as well so no stalls needed over at Salisbury for this selection.

"We'll start towards the top of the market. Amalfi Bay is of interest, has won a couple of races at Epsom at the last, twice over a mile-and-a-half. Unfortunately for him, that as far as Epsom race over, so a mile six he has to come elsewhere and he has come here to Salisbury.

"I do think he is of interest towards the top of the market, but a horse that I do like and we've had a bit of success with throughout the course of the season is Grand Scheme, who was a big eye-catcher last time round on the all-weather at Lingfield.

"I thought that was a good run when you take into account the winner, Winterwatch, was towards the fourth throughout the course of that race where Grand Scheme was more towards the rear.

"That wasn't the place to be that evening at all, I do think you can upgrade that run a touch, of course he won back at Chepstow a few starts ago. Since then, he's been a bit in-and-out but generally he's been running okay and including that run last time around, I think Grand Scheme is ready to return to the winners' enclosure.

"So the last race at Salisbury can go the way of Grand Scheme. I think it's an open one but hopefully we end on a winner."

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