A very good meeting ends on the Knavesmire at York on Sunday in one of five cards across the UK and Ireland on the day. They race at York, Newbury and Southwell in the UK and there are Irish cards at the Curragh and Tipperary.
We kicked back into life with a 14/1 winner on Saturday and having scoured the cards in detail, we’ve come up with a couple of bets to look to build on that success with. They both come from the York meeting.
A maximum field of 20 for this Class 3 handicap over the round mile on the Knavesmire doesn’t appear the easiest race to solve on paper but it’s the one where our first 2 bets come from. The 3 year old Strait Of Hormuz is the favourite & is the least exposed. He won a 3 year old handicap off 6lb lower but now tackles his elders from the first time. Jalaad looks short in the betting whilst Alfred Boucher looks nicely handicapped & should run his race.
Our first bet comes in the shape of Star Shield who comes from a yard in form. After winning a Class 4 handicap at Ascot 12 months ago, he’s since raced 7 times on turf &, whilst winless, his record is as consistent as they come with form figures of 5223422. The winless element to that form has somewhat protected his mark & conditions today look ideal. He goes on any ground & is best at this trip with 2 wins & 5 seconds from 9 tries at a mile. He’s overdue a win & today could be the day.
Little Jo is our second bet. He was hard to ignore based on his form since the restart where he won an all weather handicap off 77 & then was a neck 2nd off 82 next time out on turf. He’s been raised 1lb for that last effort. The reapplication of cheekpieces has certainly helped, with a record of 5 wins & 4 places from 13 starts with them on, versus 1 win & 1 place from 8 tries without. His yard is in form with 4 wins in the last week from just 10 runners & conditions today suggest this 6 year old might go in again as his turf handicap form over this trip reads 1112. He looks a really solid each way bet.
PLACED – Back Star Shield (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 8.00 William Hill BOG (⅕ odds 1-5)
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Back Little Jo (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 10.00 Betfair BOG (⅕ odds 1-5)
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No less competitive than the first race is a Class 3 handicap over a furlong shorter, this time with 19 heading down to the start. Northernpowerhouse is the current favourite after narrowly winning last time out. He’s only raised 2lbs for that but it’s the horse that he beat that forms our first bet.
Arbalet was the neck runner up that day & he is 1lb better off today which should hopefully see him turn the tables. He’s been seen 3 times since moving to the O’Meara yard over the winter & it’s worth noting the trainer does well with recruits from other yards. On his first start for the yard, he ran a cracker in a close 5th at Newmarket behind 2 horses who then went on to run very well in the Buckingham Palace at Royal Ascot. Back at Newmarket last time out, he somewhat disappointed but was stepped up to Class 2 company. He’s not won since his novice days but all runs, bar the first 2 this term, have been in either pattern or Class 2 races. With Tudhope back on board & the horse down in class, he’ll go close.
At a slightly bigger price, it’s hard to ignore the claims of lightly raced 4 year old Fortamour. On his reappearance, he was a neck 2nd on the all weather but transferring to turf for his last 2 runs. He was 3rd on both occasions, the most recent off this mark, but both runs were over an inadequate 6 furlongs & this additional furlong could make the difference. First time cheekpieces go on today & that could eke out the necessary improvement for a consistent horse in the frame on each career run bar his debut. His last 4 RPRs have all been better than this mark so there’s enough hope to suggest he could land his first win of the year in this.
PLACED – Back Arbalet (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 8.00 Betfair Sportsbook BOG (⅕ odds 1-5)
PLACED – Back Fortamour (e/w) for a 0.75/10 stake at 11.00 Betfair Sportsbook BOG (⅕ odds 1-5)
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