Today’s Info 14th May 2014
Toowoomba was well backed at Ffos Las last night, from 3s into 7/4 jolly at the off and with that in mind ran a very average race to finish only third. Not sure it was any kind of test pace wise and that wouldn’t have helped but even still he should have fared better. Interesting to see whether it’s another hurdles spin or fences for him next.
It’s a super few days at York now to look forward to and so finding some bets should be a little easier with big fields and lively markets to work with. The opener is a cracker and a lot will depend on just what Rye House is capable off first time back in a bid to win back to back races at this track. Stoute has a nice one on his hands and it’s almost a year to the day since last seen, 7/2 or so may look big at the end of the race but before it looks a little guessy!
Third that day behind Rye House was Awake My Soul who has looked in need of both outings this season so far and has Daniel Tudhope back in the saddle this time. The jockeys record on the horse is 1,3,1,4,3 and that includes good efforts here and the horse settles better for him. This is a drop back to the right trip, he does handle a bit of cut and will now be expected to back up a lofty reputation held at the O’Meara yard. Last seasons fourth in the John Smiths reads well of course and he looks overpriced. Clever Cookie and Lahaag are interesting alternatives and it’s a hot start to the meeting.
The next looks even harder and a tentative nod goes to Royal Rascal who is hinting that she can be a force again this year and this is her track of course. Best of her early form puts her nicely in the mix, the market may help but it’s a horrid race for working out.
Not going to punt in the Musidora although really looking forward to seeing Cambridge and Shama for Charlie Hills and Sir Micheal Stoute respectively, the latter could be very special if getting her big frame organised.
The Duke of York is a corker at 3.15pm and some old favourites line up but it’s the young gun Astaire that catches the imagination. Before trying the 7f in the Greenham on his return to the track he was hard to fault in any way and could prove a serious sprinter this term. He loves the track and has form on soft ground so I can see him going off even shorter than the 6s on general offer, worth chancing for sure.
Tea Leaf has seen money already in the 7f contest at 3.50pm and that looks a fair chance given the Salisbury win and here with a penalty, but backing up that success in this contest will be tough with so much unexposed flesh around her, happy to let the race pass by without a wager at the odds.
In the finale obviously Gabrial’s Star is all the rage after a sweet Chester win and has to have solid claims of going just as well with Ryan Moore now in the plate to add to the positives. The price is prohibitive though at around 2/1 and surely will only appeal to those who were on last time?! There will be buckets of pace on and one that will sit handy or right on it should be Guising for David Brown and Silvestre De Sousa. I have a feeling this five year old is best caught fresh, he started his career only last year and was quick on the improve. Ran better than it looks at this venue in this race last year before being given a mini break to return and go close in a class 2 event behind a very nice animal from Lady Cecil’s care but that same level of form was not seen again as they came out quickly once more and he was effectively over the top. He returns for another crack off a mark of 81 and that could be generous if he can kick off his campaign in good health, De Sousa is excellent on him so a positive booking no doubt. He looks overpriced in a race where the fav takes a huge chunk of the market out.
Good luck for the meeting, it certainly starts with some terrific puzzles to solve.
York 1.45 – Awake My Soul 0.75pt e/w – 12/1 General 1/4 odds and 4 places
York 3.15 – Astaire 0.75pt Win – 6/1 General
York 5.00 – Guising 0.75pt e/w – 20/1 General, 22s and 25s in places, 1/4 odds and 4 places
Photo – Stephen Pond/PA Wire
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