Three William Knight runners to keep a close eye on at York and Kempton

Trainer William Knight has his string ticking over nicely and that makes his weekend entries of interest, with his York challenger Desert Gulf really catching the eye of the Planet Sport tipsters.

William Knight has found some form of late with three winners in the last fortnight, and that puts him well on course to beat last season's tally of 23 winners - 21 on the board already.

The Newmarket-based trainer has several horses entered up in the next few days and they include five-time winner Desert Gulf, who could be something to bet on at York on Sunday.

A big field at York will suit Desert Gulf
A big field at York will suit Desert Gulf

The three-year-old is amongst the possibles for the 6f handicap confined to horses of his age, and that race should suit him far better than the three runner affair he contested at Ffos Las nine days ago.

Chasing a hat-trick on that occasion after back-to-back wins at Yarmouth (both over his best trip of 6f) and running off a career-high mark, he was the first one beat and trailed home six and a half lengths behind the winner.

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Clearly much better than that, it's worth giving him another chance in Sunday's race as he needs a proper pace - sorely lacking last time - and he should get that with a double-figure field likely on the Knavesmire

His trainer views him as an exciting prospect for next season, when he could be contesting races such as the Wokingham, describing him as "definitely one for the future."

But punters might not have to wait that long to make a profit out of him, with Knight suggesting in a Weekender column this week that readers "keep him on your side" as "there's more to come I'm sure."

Should he not be declared for Sunday's race - we'll know on Friday at the 48-hour stage - he's got to be worth adding to your tracker with another win likely before the season is out.

With the bulk of the trainer's winners coming on the all-weather at Kempton, it could also pay to give his two Saturday runners at the Sunbury course a second glance.

His Exceedingly Regal has been declared for a 1m handicap and the three-year-old, who got home by a head over course and distance last time and has been raised just 2lb for that, should remain competitive, with "more progress in him" according to Knight.

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His Goodwood Glen runs over an hour later in another 1m handicap and he's not without a chance either off a mark of 71, which his handler believes he "can go on from."

Although he might be best running over a straight mile on ground with no jar in it - which he got at Newbury last month when getting off the mark for the first time.

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