Horse racing betting tips for each race shown live on Channel 4 from York on Wednesday.
The Channel 4 cameras travel to York on Wednesday for the start of the 3-day Dante Festival. Four races are brought to you live from the track including the Group 3 Musidora Stakes and the Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute’s RYE HOUSE (4/1 Betfred) has proven course and distance winning form after claiming victory here last time out a year ago, on what was his only start of 2013. That C&D success came on soft ground, and conditions at York should pose no problems. He goes well fresh, is lightly raced for his age, and is open to plenty of improvement.
Grandorio (12/1 bet365) is another who seems to go well fresh, and on his best form he too is in with a chance. Last season his form was inconsistent, but a repeat of his best would certainly give him solid claims.
One that looks well handicapped in the race is Silvery Moon (20/1 William Hill) for Tim Easterby. He is likely to have come on from his reappearance at Doncaster back in March, and looks dangerous if back to his best.
Tahira (25/1 SkyBet) has some solid German form, winning on three occasions, and deserves respect but of greater interest is CLEVER COOKIE (8/1 bet365). A classy performer over hurdles, he won on his flat debut, with lots in hand, and looks open to plenty of improvement in this discipline.
1.45pm Tip – RYE HOUSE (WIN)(NAP) (4/1 Betfred)
– CLEVER COOKIE (E/W) (8/1 bet365)
Fast Shot (11/1 William Hill) claimed this race two years ago and lines-up once again to repeat the feat. He looks to have improved since then, and has won on his last two outings, under a 7lb claimer who keeps the ride. He might have more to come, and is definitely worth noting.
Ryan Moore’s mount in the race is VALBCHECK (16/1 SkyBet) who, on his day, is a very classy sprinter. He’s gone well over course and distance before, and has shown potential, but his inconsistency is a slight worry. Dean Ivory’s Lancelot Du Lac (9/1 Ladbrokes) looked a progressive type this season, and is two from two in handicap races at this track. We may not have seen him at his best yet, and is one to note.
Yeeoow (12/1 bet365) is one runner who will definitely handle track conditions here. On his latest start he only just missed out on victory at Newmarket, running on well at the end. He has a low weight, and seems to get on with his 5lb claiming jockey Joey Haynes.
Out Do (14/1 Ladbrokes) has moved yards since last season, transferring from Luca Cumani to David O’Meara’s stable. He had two minor wins for Cumani, and ran a decent race at Goodwood back in August which showed promise. Many horses improve for a change of yard, and he has the added advantage of being ridden by the in-demand – Kieren Fallon.
2.15pm Tip – VALBCHECK (E/W) (16/1 SkyBet)
Oaks contender Cambridge (3/1 Coral) looked a decent filly after her maiden victory at the end of last year at Nottingham. The form of that race has worked out pretty nicely – with the runner-up, Regardez (9/1 Coral), (who re-opposes today), coming out and winning since. She is lightly raced and bred for middle distances so could well have plenty to offer. The ground however is the main concern and she may well struggle to show her potential in the conditions.
One that won’t mind the rain is QUEEN OF ICE (9/2 Betfred), who looks to enjoy a bit of cut in the ground. She has won her only two starts of her career nicely, improving for her first outing and staying on well on her latest start. The step-up in trip should suit and she could well take advantage on the rain softened ground.
Eastern Belle (16/1 William Hill) looked in good form when finishing second at the Craven meeting and looked unlucky not to win last time out, having had to make all of the running on her side of the track. Despite that, this looks a marked step-up in class and she could well find one too good here.
Sir Michael Stoute’s yard has won this race eight times and for this year’s renewal he enters Shama (5/1 Coral), an all-weather maiden winner who can’t be ignored.
2.45pm Tip – QUEEN OF ICE (WIN) (9/2 Betfred)
The highlight of the day’s racing looks a wide open contest as there isn’t much that splits some of the leading players. JACK DEXTER (11/2 William Hill) was a tad below par on his seasonal reappearance when third in the Cammidge Trophy, but his form when fresh isn’t great, and he always comes on from a run.
Astaire (13/2 William Hill), comes back in trip today, after looking like a non-stayer over 7f last time out. As a two year-old he was very impressive of 6f, especially when winning the Middlepark Stakes back in October. Richard Hughes takes the ride for the first time and looks to be an interesting jockey booking.
Moviesta (6/1 SkyBet) was a winner at this meeting last year over 5f, but seems to handle 6f just as well. He made an encouraging comeback at Newmarket at the beginning of the month, and looks open to further improvement.
Tropics (11/1 Betfred) was a very proficient sprinter last season but has yet to find his form in two runs this season. He seems a different horse, and until he begins to show some spark again, he’s probably best watched.
You can’t get more consistent than HAWKEYETHENOO (16/1 SkyBet), and even though his losing run is mounting up, he always looks to give his all. He was fourth in this race last year, staying on well towards the line, and if able to reproduce that form should fight for the placings.
3.15pm Tip – JACK DEXTER (WIN) (11/2 William Hill)
– HAWKEYETHENOO (E/W) (16/1 SkyBet)