It was one of those days for us on Day 1 at York. Indianapolis was advised each way for 5 places and you guessed it, he finished a close 6th, 1.5L off 3rd. Golden Apollo never figured and considering the money came for him, it was a desperately disappointing run. Major Jumbo at least gave us some relief by finishing 2nd, advised e/w at 12/1. Our NAP Fresnel ran a cracker but couldn’t recover from interference at a crucial stage. She finished just out of the money in 4th but she is worth keeping onside. Hopefully Dave Stevos gets a change in luck on Thursday, check out his York Day 2 tips below…
York Day 2 Tips: 1.50 Matchbook Handicap (Class 2)
Another big field handicap kicks off proceedings on Day 2 at York. A maximum of 22 will go to post for this 5f sprint and it looks full of early pace. That should set things up for a closer and with conditions optimal for him, Open Wide looks to hold massive each way claims. Amanda Perrett is as shrewd as they come and when she books Jim Crowley, she usually means business. He has ridden 136 winners for her, picking up over a million in prize money.
Open Wide is a very talented son of Invincible Spirit whose racing style leaves him a hostage to fortune at times. He has been beaten just over a length on both runs this season. He was particularly unlucky last time at Goodwood. Pat Dobbs had to stop riding for a good 50/60 yards, but when he did find daylight, Open Wide absolutely flew home. Off 93 this fella is well capable of winning, but caution is advised as he will need luck in running. If he gets the gaps he could reward each way support at 16/1.
YORK DAY 2 TIPS: OPEN WIDE E/W @ 16/1 5 PLACES
York Day 2 Tips: 2.25 – Middleton Fillies’ Stakes (Group 2)
This race revolves around one filly and at odds of 1/2, the big hitters will be piling in to Lah Ti Dar. This beautifully bred daughter of Dubawi makes her return to action at the scene of her greatest performance. The only slight worry is the trip. Her 10L Listed win here last year came over 12f and she went on to finish 2nd in the 14f Leger. Mr Gosden seems pretty sweet on her though and with a rating of 114 and ground to suit, she should win this easily off level weights.
The question is, who is most likely to chase her home? Rawdaa’s form doesn’t compare to the favourite, but she looks a progressive filly. A daughter of top class sire Teofilo, her sole start at this distance resulted in an emphatic win. It admittedly was a handicap off 88 on good to soft, but she hacked up on her sole start on good to firm too.
Rawdaa was given a very considerate ride by Ryan Moore at Kempton last time in Listed company (8f). She stayed on strongly under a hands and heels ride and shaped like stepping back up to 10f would really suit. The return to turf will also be in her favour and she is a fascinating contender, even if she is only rated 97. Mrs Sippy will stay and looks more of a threat than Nyaleti, who might prefer some juice in the ground. Rawdaa is the each way selection at odds of 13/2.
YORK RACING TIP: RAWDAA E/W @ 13/2
York Racing Preview: 3.00 – Dante Stakes (Group 2)
The feature race this week at York is the Dante Stakes, a 10.5f Group 2 for 3yos only. Recent winners of this race include Roaring Lion, Golden Horn and The Grey Gatsby. The long time 2000 Guineas favourite Too Darn Hot has already burned a lot of fingers this year. A huge amount of ante-post bets went up in smoke when he missed the race. The bookies are taking no chances with Lah Ti Dar’s full brother today. To me, 11/10 looks short for a horse that has had preparation issues, though there is no denying he is the best horse on 2yo form.
All that form came over 7f though and this is a big step up in trip. This race is most likely going to be a stepping stone for Too Darn Hot and at 11/10, he is worth taking on. At odds of 13/2, Telecaster looks overpriced. He absolutely hacked up at Windsor last time and the form of his debut 2nd to Bangkok at Doncaster reads nicely now. This represents a big step up in class, but he is bred to handle it.
His dam Shirocco Star was runner up in the Epsom and Irish Oaks and he is by Derby winning sire New Approach. Hughie Morrison has described him as the best 3yo colt he has trained, high praise indeed. On pedigree, he will get further than today’s trip in time. However, he has fitness on his side unlike three of his main market rivals and he will make this a proper test from the front. Telecaster could be hard to peg back if Oisin Murphy poaches an early lead and at 13/2 he is the each way pick.
YORK TIPS: TELECASTER E/W @ 13/2 NB
York Racing Tips: 3.35– Hambleton Handicap (Class 2)
The final live race of the day on ITV4 is the 8f Hambleton Handicap. 17 will go to post and it is 11/2 the field. The one that is of big interest each way here is Firmament at odds of 16/1. David O’Meara’s son of Cape Cross has a superb record at York on good to firm ground over a mile. He has a win off 96 and a 3rd beaten 3/4L off 98. He also ran a cracker on his other start over a mile here on good to soft, beaten 2L off 109.
Firmament has to be forgiven a below average run at Thirsk on his seasonal return. However, he most likely needed it badly. As an added bonus, the handicapper dropped him 2lb for that run. So, he returns to one of his favourite venues off 93. That makes him dangerously well handicapped and Shane Gray is 3/13 with 6 top 4 finishes when riding for David O’Meara this season. With trip, track and ground ideal, Firmament is the e/w NAP of the day at odds of 16/1.