The second day of York’s Ebor meeting sees the surface on the deep side following torrential rain on day 1. The Knavesmire was so named both for its history as uninhabitable low lying flood plain, and public execution site that saw the demise of Dick Turpin amongst others.
Well, at the risk of committing highway robbery, we are going to get stuck into the fiercely competitive mile handicap (1500 BST). We have been serial offenders when it comes to tipping veteran Baraweez. He comes here after just failing to deliver for us at his beloved Galway, and tempting as it is, it must surely be time to move on.
Instead, we will be looking to local trainer Tim Easterby from a training family with long established links to this meeting. He runs the useful One Word More. He disappointed slightly in this race when fancied after an unlucky run in the big race at Glorious Goodwood. Well its deja vu time all over again, as One More Word was again the subject of a terribly unlucky run in finishing 5th at Goodwood.
Soft ground should hold no perils – it was pretty wet last time – and he sneaks in here off bottom weight. He has decent course form and he might just be the answer to this tricky puzzle.
At the conclusion of the card, 17 fillies line up in a hard looking handicap. Whilst Bint Arcano may have been underrated after a good win on soft last time, its the local yard of Kevin Ryan that looks to hold the key.
He runs two here, and Perfect Madge has to be seriously considered after an improving run at Newmarket last time, but the booking of Jimmy Quinn to ride Caridade off her low weight really catches the eye.
This filly has only has three runs and absolutely romped home in a poor maiden last time. A mark of 80 is guesswork from the handicapper, and we suspect that Ryan’s targeting of a quality contest like this suggests he thinks the filly has something in hand off that mark.
The main race – the Yorkshire Oaks – could probably be won by Enable if she ran backwards, and the rest of the supporting card is thin on value bets.
One Word More (1500 York), 0.5pts each way, 14/1 Bet365, BetVictor
Caridade (1650 York), 1pt each way, 11/1 Coral
One Word More & Caridade, 0.5pts each way double, approx. 160/1
Please subscribe for notification of up-to-date tips and news, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook