Yesterday was disappointing with none of our selections giving us a return.
2.20 – York:
Poyle Vinnie. 1 pt e/w. Available at 11/1. (Paddy Power, Betfair – 1/5 odds first 5)
Holmeswood. 0.75 pts e/w. Available at 16/1. (Paddy Power, Betfair, totesport.com, Betfred – 1/5 odds first 5)
Day two of the Dante meeting at York opens with a six furlong handicap. There looks likely to be a strong pace and it seems evenly distributed. There are several who make some appeal but slight preference is for Poyle Vinnie and Holmeswood. It’s been almost three years since Poyle Vinnie last got his head in front but since switching to his current yard earlier this year he has placed in two of his four starts and, sandwiched between those efforts, he wasn’t beaten far into fourth at Pontefract. He was beaten just under two lengths into third place in this race last season and is now thirteen pounds lower in the weights. That was on soft going and, although he prefers cut in the ground, he does handle quicker conditions. The first time blinkers are enlisted and, if they eke out a bit more, he could get seriously competitive. Holmeswood wasn’t given a tough time when finishing in midfield on his return at Pontefract and that should’ve put him spot on for this. He was a progressive three year old last season and one of his three victories came over this C/D. Fast ground is a slight concern but he has been withdrawn when the conditions were too quick so if he is allowed to run it seems reasonable to suggest that they believe the horse will cope with them. He is a strong traveller who is well suited by the pace these large fields normally generate.
4.05 – York – Afaak. 2.25 pts win. Available at 6/1.
Baraweez did us a favour at Chester last time out and is still well treated on his old form. However on this occasion preference is for Afaak. He was disappointing when well fancied for the Spring Cup at Newbury on his reappearance but he possibly had ground issues, it was tacky and holding, and he can be given another chance. He was progressive last season culminating in a narrow defeat to Addeybb in the Silver Cambridgeshire at Newmarket. Most of his form has been over a straight mile so the long run to the line here should allow him to find his stride in plenty of time. He is now on a mark of 97 but he is well bred and it’s reasonable to think that he could be better than a handicapper by the end of the season.
5.35 – York – Waiting For Richie. 1.5 pts win. Available at 9/1.
6.55 – Newmarket – Hawridge Flyer. 1.75 pts win. Available at 8/1.