Day 2 of the York Dante meeting and the eponymous race takes place at 3.00. All eyes will be on the favourite, last year’s undisputed champion 2-y-o Too Darn Hot, which makes its eagerly awaited, if belated, seasonal re-appearance.
TDH went into his winter break odds-on for the 2000 Guineas, but a minor splint problem just at the wrong time prevented his running in his early season target and, by all accounts, it’s been a bit of a race against time to get him here today. What this means is that, instead of being a 2-5 shot, Too Darn Hot is available to back at 11-10 against and to do so requires great faith in his esteemed trainer and a pair of brown trousers.
Rather than back it singly, it would seem to make sense to couple it with Mr Gosden‘s runner in the previous race, Lah Ti Dar, which seemingly has a penalty kick to take in the Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Middleton Fillies’ Stakes at 2.25.
Odds of 1-2 suggest this filly will not be pushed to win and, with the double paying slightly more than 2-1 we suggest that this is the way to go.
The card starts with the Matchbook Betting Exchange Handicap, a simple 5f sprint with 21 runners and a race that sane people will avoid like the plague. However, sane we are not, so we suggest modest each way investments on Open Wide at 11-1 and Royal Birth at 22-1. Well, you never know.
The Matchbook Betting Podcast Hambleton Handicap at 3.35 is a typically competitive event but we like the look of Beringer as our main bet.
Alan King‘s 4-y-o started the season with a close third in the Lincoln, before taking a Class 2 handicap at Newmarket. Just 3lbs higher today, with a good draw (7) and ground conditions ideal, Andrea Atzeni can steer it home at odds of 9-2.
Another horse in this race that catches the eye is Ulshaw Bridge, which is available at 20-1. This James Bethell runner ran some cracking races in defeat last season and now ‘sans noisettes’ can have an even better year as a 4-y-o. Add the booking of ‘sauce man’ (H)Oisin Murphy and you have yourself a wager, major.
The concluding Investec Wealth Handicap at 5.05 witnesses round 2 of the supremacy fight between Carnwennan and October Storm which were second & third on their seasonal debuts at Doncaster at the end of last month. With the width of a fag paper between them that day it’s anyone’s guess which one will prevail today, so, on the grounds that this is the right form line, we recommend backing them both at 5-1 and 8-1 respectively.
More from Eboracum tomorrow.
Lah Ti Dar 2.25 York @ 1-2 / Too Darn Hot 3.00 York @ 11-10
4pts double @ 85-40
Open Wide 1.50 York 1pt e/w @ 11-1 (5 places)
Royal Birth 1.50 0.5pts e/w @ 22-1 (5 places)
Beringer 3.35 York 2pts e/w @ 9-2 (5 places)
Ulshaw Bridge 3.35 York 1pt e/w @ 20-1 (5 places)
Carnwennan 5.05 York 1pt e/w @ 5-1 (5 places)
October Storm 5.05 York 1pt e/w @ 8-1 (5 places)