Friday 21 August 2015

I’ve struggled to be confident about any bets at York this week meaning I’ve only had one proper go. The reason being, is the rain that has fallen in York each evening has been continually followed by sunshine the next day meaning we get holding, sticky and tacky ground. Betting on such terrain makes things trickier in my experience, as horses don’t really enjoy it, but I still think there is one race worth a play in today.

3.05 York – Sky Bet City Of York Stakes

Kevin Ryan is a York-based trainer that loves having winners at his local track. He runs the useful GLORY AWAITS today and this looks his best opportunity of winning a race in quite some time.

He’s often been highly tried in much better races and unsurprisingly it’s always been in vain, for various different reasons.

Today’s drop in class will show him in a much better light as will the drop in distance, which I think is key. This son of Choisir looks a seven furlong specialist to my eye so today’s trip is a big positive for his chances.

His three runs this season have come over a mile, nine furlongs and again at a mile. His seasonal debut second behind the useful Tullius now looks a sound effort. The run two back was over the wrong trip where he also had to carry a penalty and, last time out, again over the wrong trip on a stiff track, he was too keen in a much better race than this.

Today looks much easier for him, however, and I’m expecting a bold bid especially as he runs over his correct trip and doesn’t have to carry a penalty.

The selection has run positively off a break before and his front-running style in a race lacking pace is another plus at a track he has run well at before (second in this race last season).

Front-runners and prominent racers have done well at York this week. If not winning, they have taken a fair bit of pegging back. Hopefully that’s the case here.

Here’s hoping for a big run.

Some bookies are still offering the first four places each-way so back him with the suggested books, if possible.

Advice

1.5pts each-way GLORY AWAITS @14/1 (bet365, Sky Bet)

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