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Musaddas a must in York opener

10 Jul | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Musaddas a must in York opener

Tips for three of the more solvable races on a busy Saturday

There is some great racing to look forward to on this action packed Saturday but the biggest races of the day look nearly impossible to solve so Channel 4’s supporting card may just offer the best betting opportunities.

The action kicks off at 1.45 with a 1m handicap at York and although a case can be made for several runners the one that really stands out is Musaddas. He’s often been described as a quirky horse but many of his early defeats came against rivals who are now much higher rated and he has managed to get his head in front on his last two starts.

The most recent of these was in a race that has worked out particularly well. Musaddas won a Newmarket handicap over this distance by 2 lengths and back in second that day was Jacob Black who is now 9lbs higher courtesy of a win and a 2nd on his next two starts. In third was Express Himself who won his next start, in fourth was Master Of The World who has won a class 2 handicap since and even the sixth home, Yeager, has finished 2nd in a class 2 handicap on his only start since. A 7lb rise for that effort is more than fair and for a horse that races prominently, his draw in stall 3 here is perfect. He’s also 2 for 2 for his rider here Kevin Stott.

The likes of You’re Fired and Gabrial’s Kaka should give him most to do. The former finished 2nd in a course and distance handicap two starts ago which has worked out well and Gabrial’s Kaka has been dropped 9lbs by the handicapper this year despite rarely running in ideal conditions (his ideal conditions are a mile with a bit of cut in the ground). 

Take two in York’s listed staying contest

The next best bets of the day should come in the following race at York, the 2.20 which is a listed handicap over 14f. Hopefully all the 16 runners stand their ground giving us 4 places on each way bets and if they do it may be worth covering two runners win and place.

The first on the shortlist is Astronereus who has shown improved form this season, landing an extremely competitive Newmarket handicap before finishing 3rd in the Duke of Edinburgh handicap at Royal Ascot. What is quite remarkable about those last two efforts is that they have come on as fast ground as you are likely to see in this country yet he’s previously shown a liking for softer surfaces. The ground at York is certainly drying out but it won’t be quite as fast as on his recent outings and all he needs to do is run to recent form to be there or there abouts. If he improves for the step up in trip, which is highly possible, he’d probably be the most likely winner.

It’s difficult to overlook Montaly in this contest though and he should be a decent price. Like Astronereus, he prefers cut in the ground but has rarely had his conditions. Two efforts on faster ground that stand out here are his run in an extremely hot Ascot handicap last year where he got too far behind before finishing on the heels of some well handicapper runners and also his effort on Derby day at Epsom. Again he got too far behind on the fast ground and finished with a late rattle. In all his handicap starts over 12f he’s looked as though further would suit yet he’s never run in handicap company over further than a mile and a half. Being by Yeats it’s almost certain this sort of trip (and further) will suit well.

It’s Game on in Ascot sprint handicap

Between those two York races is the 2.10 at Ascot, an 18 runner 5f sprint handicap. This race features mainly exposed sorts but that’s not the cast with Gamesome who has run some great races this season, including when 6th in the Wokingham here last month. He’s only 1lb higher than when 4th in a hot sprint at York last season where the 2nd is now rated 9lbs higher, the 3rd is now rated 11lbs higher and the 5th is now rated 13lbs higher.

Crucially here Gamesome drops back in trip. He hasn’t quite got home in his last couple of races and with first time blinkers on here he should be sharp enough to cope with the drop back in trip.

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