York Betting Tips
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Plenty of these can be expected to run well in a competitive opener. HARTSWOOD is back in good order off his reduced mark and the prospect of solid pace up front will benefit this hold-up performer. Clear Angel can confirm Carlisle placings with Strongbowe but another Easterby runner, Golden Melody (second choice), could be troublesome.
The filly NO NAY NICKI possesses some good same course and distance (C&D) form and she is the selection ahead of the well-handicapped Challet, who has a fine record here. The in-form O’Meara pair Riot and Ascot Adventure are respected, while C&D winner Doctor Khan Junior could be in the mix if settling better than last time.
Star sprinter Shaquille won this race first time out last season and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see one of the newcomers go close, with Apiarist and Loose Cannon of particular interest. However, OVERLOOKED hasn’t been too far away in decent-looking novices the last twice and this does look easier. Bella Wella did well to overcome a slow start at Carlisle and, unless one the debutants is notably strong in the betting, she’s feared most.
2020 winner Roundhay Park can confirm recent C&D placings with a number of reopposing rivals and he is greatly respected. Le Beau Garcon looks ready for another crack at 6f and he has the ability to play a big part off his ever-reducing mark but the pair to focus on could be Cooperation and SIR MAXI.
The former ran well against a track and pace bias at Haydock last time and won’t mind if it rains but Sir Maxi relished the drop to 6f at Pontefract last week and still looks favourably treated under a penalty. Ramiro wasn’t seen to best effect at Yarmouth on Thursday night but he’ll be a danger to all if turned out quickly.
The highly progressive 3yo SPARKS FLY has won handicaps on her last six starts and there can be optimism she will take this rise in grade in her stride. She earns the vote ahead of the unexposed Gosden-trained contender Queen For You, who is dropping back in grade. The lightly raced Long Ago is open to improvement for Sir Michael Stoute, while Electric Eyes could go well despite this being her first run of the year.
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19:50 – Spirit Dancer (NAP)
C&D regular SPIRIT DANCER (NAP) can win this for the second consecutive season. Box To Box has been running really well but at Chester, which is his favourite course, and perhaps the chief threat to the selection will come from Brunch, for whom the step up in trip is worth a go. Jean Baptiste is in good form.
The visor has had a positive effect on HONOUR YOUR DREAMS and he is taken to defy a 6lb penalty for last Thursday’s smooth-travelling win at Hamilton. Betweenthesticks won over C&D last season and is feared most on the back of two good second placings. The penalised Knebworth has to be respected given the style of his recent win at Haydock, while the first-time hood could be a plus for the headstrong Kokomo on her handicap debut.
York Betting Tips
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