William Haggas was the toast of York on the second day of the Ebor Festival, training the opening pair of winners on Thursday, but we are taking aim at a locally-based handler for Friday’s Lucky 15.
David O’Meara is the man that saddles half of our each-way multiple on the Knavesmire as we head towards the weekend.
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Here’s who gets the nod for the Ladbrokes News team.
A third place in a Ripon handicap looks a solid enough prep for this one, especially with that form turning out to be very strong indeed.
The winner Pressure Point was a winner next time out, while runner-up Kinema was second again on his next outing. Back in fourth was Chancelry who dotted up last time out.
The selection meets that one on 12lb better terms this time round, yet is double the price of his stable-mate.
With his run at Ripon his solitary outing over this trip it could mean there’s more improvement to come under 7lb claimer Josh Doyle.
A Willie Mullins runner going under the radar? Whatever next!
Carrying top-weight in the Northumberland Plate, the Rich Ricci-owned gelding did extremely well to finish in second.
That was his first run on the flat since joining the Irish trainer, having competed at Group level in France.
Since then he confirmed his wellbeing, finishing second in the Galway Hurdle, and is very interesting on return to the level for one of the best trainers about.
Any rain that hits Yorkshire before the race will be fine, having finished fourth in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham on soft ground in March.
It seems strange to see a horse that finished fourth in a decent 2,000 Guineas with at least six horses ahead of him in the betting for a Listed race.
With that run at Newmarket over a trip probably slightly further than ideal, this drop back to 7f could mean that Mick Channon’s colt is excellent value.
He got closer in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot behind subsequent Prix Jean Prat runner-up Dutch Connection and Fadhayill who reopposes here.
Ignore his last run at Goodwood where he was flying too high, although he did finish a credible 6l behind the smart Solow.
Never outside of the first three when running at Listed level or below, he’s the obvious pick for us.
In truth, Acapulco is going to be very tough to beat getting nearly 2st from the majority of the field, but because of her skinny odds, it means there are plenty of each-way options.
The one it could be worth siding with is David O’Meara’s Move in Time. The seven-year-old has been a model of consistency for the local handler, finishing in the first three in his last seven runs.
He has much improved in the past two years, peaking when winning the Prix de L’Abbaye on Arc day last October. A replication of such run will undoubtedly see the jolly kept up to her work.
There is ¾l to make up on with Muthmir from Goodwood, but at this galloping track, where we have seen horses come late, he could be staying on strongest at the death.
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