The season’s first group class staying race heads the final day of the Dante Festival at York on Friday, The Qipco Yorkshire Cup, which is sure to produce betting ideas for the cup racing throughout the season.
Top Trip travels to York from France and warrants a great deal of respect here. He is sure to stay the trip and his reappearance over an unfavoured shorter distance at Lonchamp last month is sure to have loosened him up. He represents most value at 11/2 with Ladbrokes, but Joshua Tree may well be the one to beat. He is likely to go off behind Godolphin’s Cavalryman in the betting; however he is a high class and very tough horse with a lot in favour. Saeed bin Suroor’s favourite won well in a group 3 in March which gives him obvious claims.
Tom Dascombe was victorious in the Langleys Solicitors LLP E.B.F Marygate Stakes listed event last year when Ceiling Kitty defied odds of 20/1 to finish on top. He saddles Quatour this time, who cruised to a 4l win over Blithe Spirit at Chester earlier this month and will lead the betting. She is difficult to oppose at 11/4 with Paddy Power, although Beldale Memory made all at Bath last month and is an interesting contender who will handle the ground. Hoku finished third to Quatour on her debut, but is likely to improve, symbolising good value.
The final class 1 contest of the Dante Festival is the 3.15 Blade Amenity Fillies’ Stakes which is shaped up to be a competitive renewal of a quality race. Sir Michael Stoute’s Pavlosk looked superb when winning on her debut at Newbury and has the potential to improve again and win this. She is currently 2/1 with most bookmakers, although BetVictor are offering 5/2. How’s Life is very well respected in search of her hat-trick and although this will prove tough, she represents good value at 7/1 with BetVictor, which may be worth a bet. Annie’s Fortune and Senafe should both give a good account, the former likely to run a big race.
Sir Michael Stoute also saddles Sir John Hawkwood in the Betfred Jorvik Handicap, who stayed on strongly to win at Chester last time and steps up to 1m4f for the first time here, which is expected to suit despite a penalty. Paddy Power are offering a money back return for bets on the horse that finishes second to Sir John Hawkwood if he is victorious. He faces last year’s winner, Easy Terms who is only 2lb higher than on that occasion. She could repeat that victory if she can find her best form, however the 2010 winner, Hanoverian Baron represents super each-way value at 16/1 with BetVictor.
The Ralph Raper Memorial Handicap is a wide open contest which could prove tricky for punters. Bispham Green and Moviesta symbolise value, as does the unexposed My Name Is Rio.
Awake My Soul and Take Two should both run well in their bid for hat-tricks in the 4.25 and Rye House is sure to be thereabouts. Forget Me Not Lane ended last season superbly and he and Clon Brulee may be good enough to feature.
Mombasa finished a solid second behind High Troja at Leicester last month and a similar effort should see the 13/2 favourite (Betfred) go close again in the final race of the festival. Rundell, Chocala and Good Speech all come here on the back of good performances and are worth keeping an eye on.
The Bet365 Price Promise will be available for the first five races of the meeting, ensuring that they offer the best price of any top bookmakers on every horse for the televised Channel 4 races.
Flat racing is also available from Newbury and Newmarket, whilst Aintree hosts the jumps meeting which should supply some decent evening action for punters looking to bet elsewhere.
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