Captain under orders at York
View from connections ahead of the Coral Sprint Trophy at York on Saturday.
Captain Colby (blinkered) bids for another valuable handicap
Ed Walker believes Captain Colby has plenty in his favour as he aims to follow up his Portland win in the Coral Sprint Trophy at York
An eyecatcher when third on the Knavesmire behind Boom The Groom in August, he confirmed that promise with a dominant performance at Doncaster.
He flew home that day to suggest the extra furlong he faces here will be no issue, while the quicker ground could also be in his favour.
The only slight doubt Walker has is Captain Colby's draw in stall one.
"We got a bit of luck at Doncaster as they didn't get as much rain as forecast," said the Newmarket handler.
"He still wasn't in love with the ground, it was a bit loose on top. He didn't travel early in the race and I was a bit worried but then he finished like a train.
"The ground, the trip, the extra half furlong, should all be in his favour. We're very hopeful, he's in cracking form but his draw is not ideal, I'd rather have been nearer the middle.
"In saying that, there is pace around him and you have tended to wanted to be on the far side at York this season."
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Bryan Smart is aiming to end the season with a bang and has two chances with Mythmaker and Red Pike, who is part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson.
The pair finished second and third respectively behind See The Sun in a competitive race at the Dante meeting back at York in May.
"I'm hoping they are first and second this time, rather than second and third and I don't mind which one wins!" said Smart.
"Mythmaker won well last time, he hung on well. He's had a really good season and appears to be still progressing
"He's a half-brother to Tis Marvellous and I've also bought a half-sister to Tis Marvellous at the sales. I hope she improves with racing like he has.
"Red Pike is also in good form and they should both run well.
"They are drawn next to each other (seven and eight), which is typical, but they aren't bad draws at least."
Plenty of the field ran at Ayr including Silver Cup winner Roudee, who carries joint-top weight with Captain Colby.
Just behind Tom Dascombe's runner, who also won the consolation Great St Wilfrid, was the Michael Dods-trained Get Knotted.
He has been in consistent form all season, beginning the year rated 87 and now up to a career-high 98.
It is a race Dods targets, having won it in 2013 with Mass Rally and 12 months later with Spinatrix.
"He ran well at Ayr. We thought we'd just try him in this," said the Darlington handler.
"It's a seriously competitive race, but I think he deserves his chance. He's a strong traveller – York might suit him."
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