Join us for another fine day of racing at York!
As well as today’s fine BetBright line-up, we also sponsor a race at York on Saturday, the BetBright Charity Sprint which our four lucky winners will be attending free of charge!
This is another handicap and like our sponsored race on Friday, will be run over six furlongs. We face a much tougher test in finding the winner here, however – as a field of 20 have been declared. It’s competitive stuff over the straight course, but hopefully we can steer you in the right direction.
As ever, finding where the pace comes from in these races goes a long way. Forward going horses look to de drawn in 3, 4, 12, 14, 15 and 17, meaning those horses drawn very low may just struggle.
Michael Appleby’s Danzeno is your current race favourite. Three runs have yielded two wins and his recent success at Newmarket marks him down as a progressive horse. He was keen this day so the big field will suit and his ability to quicken is another plus.
Eastern Impact and Charles Molson met at on the Rowley Mile on their last starts with the former coming out on top. Just fewer than two lengths separated the pair this day, but Charles Molson reopposes on 5lbs better terms. He had a troubled passage in the race, also and while entitled to get closer his draw in one looks a potential negative.
John Gosden’s Betimes returned to form last time after a disappointing run in the 1000 Guineas. Given John Gosden felt her capable enough to run in that fillies Classic, this race is a significant step down in class.
The lightly-raced Naadirr ran a fine race at Newmarket last time out and comes here in form. The handicapper could’ve been stricter with the revised weights so he’s another to keep onside.
A fairly new trainer to British shores, Olly Stevens’ runners are always worth a second look. He runs Gamesome here, a son of Rock Of Gibraltar. The drop to six furlongs will suit after he blew out on his last run. He was far too keen so can be forgiven that effort, although he needs to bounce back a touch.
Others to mention include Rural Celebration who is in form, but need to step-up now he has risen in the handicap and now races on a faster surface. Royal Mezyan represents William Haggas who won this race in 2012. It’s his first run of the year, but market support would be significant for a horse that has sound Group form.
Almargo and Kickboxer are two inform runners, recent winners in fact, but this looks a step-up for the pair and they need to improve.
The BetBright Verdict
It looks like Charles Molson will struggle from his draw in one while his Newmarket conqueror may falter now he rises in the weights and in class. While Betimes showed more last time out, we’re not sure she’s a proper sprinting type. Naadirr is in form and respected, as is Danzeno, but both may struggle to give weight to ROYAL MEZYAN who returns.
The booking of Oisin Murphy, who can still claim 3lbs, catches the eye and this is said to have been the plan for a while. William Haggas, a Yorkshire man himself loves having winners here and everything points to him out-running his double figure price.