Getting on the wrong side of paper-thin photo finishes when backing O’Meara trained sprinters is getting wearisome after Summerghand’s Wokingham defeat was backed up by yesterday’s nap Gulliver getting edged out on the line at the Curragh. No need to be too downhearted though, as another O’Meara sprinter can balance the books at York today…
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NAP OF THE DAY: Arecibo, (1430 York), 2pts win, 7/1:
Not many unexposed types in this dash and we are confident that exposed regular Arecibo is set to have his day. Needs things to drop just right and had zero luck at Ascot last time. A barrage of pace in the middle draws should give him the essential headlong pace whilst towing him down the best part of the track. Can strike for his in form yard.
Shades Of Blue, (1505 York), 14/1: runner up in this as favourite last year and now returns as a big outsider. Hard to see why though, her two runs this year look below par, but she had no luck at Newmarket and then ran in a Group 1 at Royal Ascot. This is her level and she looks significantly overpriced.
Strait Of Hormuz, (1535 York), 5/1: was a surprise winner on Haydock comeback but looked well worth the win coming with a flying late run. Up 6lbs but could be much better than that and gets a useful 8lb weight for age allowance as the only 3yo in this field. Has a wide draw, but that may not be too much of an issue if they come up the middle of the track.
Arbalet, (1610 York), 7/1: was a useful handicapper who lost his way for his previous stable. Showed promise on his first run for O’Meara before being edged out by today’s favourite Northern Powerhouse at Redcar. Shouldn’t be much between them on that form but Arbalet should love this track and can bounce back after a slightly sub-par effort at Newmarket.
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