A departure from the usually dour UK Sunday fare sees York hosting a competitive little card.
The race that catches our eye is the opening 7f handicap (1355 BST).
York is generally a speed favouring track, and especially so at shorter trips. A well judged pacesetting ride can reap dividends, but the best place to be is often “the box”. This is tucked in just behind the pace and probably no worse than 5th.
Favourite Lagenda likes to be on or near the pace – he will have plenty of competition for the lead, if he can get across from stall 11, and if he can tuck in without a savage fight for the lead, then he could go close.
However, we prefer the chances of Roll On Rory pulling off the same trick. He is better berthed in stall 3, and likes to be just behind the pace. With the useful Clifford Lee in the saddle he looks to have all he needs for a big run.
The final ingredient is a gradual return to form with some good recent races following a quiet start to the season that saw his rating drop by over a stone.
Rated 77 here, he won four handicaps last season, the last two off ratings of 80 and 85. That suggests he’s really well in here if the return to form continues.
A well handicapped, returning to form, well drawn horse, tactically suited to the race, with one of the best jockeys in the race. What’s not to like?
Recommendation: Roll On Rory, (1355 York), 1pt win, 15/2 Paddy Power.
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