Final day of the York Dante meeting today and the bookmakers must be hoping for more of the same, as a succession of seemingly unforeseeable results continued yesterday. Fortunately we managed to foresee a 12-1 winner with Here Comes When, so please forgive the plug.
Centrepiece of Friday’s card is the Betway Yorkshire Cup, a Group 2 contest over a soggy 1m 6f, which has attracted the ‘dead eight’ runners.
Favourite, albeit slightly uneasy, at 7-2 is the Sir Michael trained Dartmouth, which brings a modicum of Group 1 form to the table, having finished second in the Canadian International at Woodbine when last seen in October. Leaving aside the whimsical thought that most horses who experience Woodbine develop a cough (young smokers will have to look that one up), that race was run on lightning fast ground and this horse’s best form has all been on surfaces far less testing than it will encounter this afternoon.
Add in that today’s trip is further than it has ever gone before and the famous Spanish Archer rears his handsome head.
Our idea of the bet in this race is the 5-y-o mare Endless Time, trained by Charlie Appleby for the Boys in Blue. Lightly raced, this consistent lady has won 6 of her 11 races, but probably ran her best races in defeat at the end of last season, when runner up in two French Group 1 events.
Having won the Lancashire Oaks last year on Haydock soft, conditions on the Knavesmire should hold no fears and she has won first time out for the past two seasons. At 5-1, a reasonably substantial each way bash is recommended.
(‘Oh, I’ve just worked out the headline – Endless Time = Tim – geddit?’)
The remainder of the card is trappy and perhaps a little disappointing, but the handicap at 4.05 is well worth a look. The Betway Jorvik Handicap over twelve furlongs is down to the eight again after the defection of Fidaawy, so fingers crossed the others stand their ground and the three places are still available for Cymro.
This Tom Dascombe trained 5-y-o runs off a mark of 100, which mark it won off just three runs ago, so there is no question mark about the rating. Nor is there about the going, as all its best runs have been with plenty of cut. The final clincher is the horse’s seasonal reappearance run, when a staying on 6th in a Class 2 handicap at Pontefract, on good ground, over 10 furlongs and off 101. All three of those conditions are improved upon today, so at 6-1 a bit of e/w boot filling is advised.
Back tomorrow with the usual Saturday preview.