Our resident tipster fancies a couple of big-priced runners at York.
They’re racing on the Knavesmire this afternoon and the opening nursery handicap over 7f houses one of today best bets.
All nine runners can be given a chance of sorts but none appeal more than the Richard Fahey-trained AWOHAAM. The filly has shown a good level of form in four starts this season, including when finishing third behind subsequent Albany Stakes second Ashadihan at Haydock in May.
She has since got off the mark at Musselburgh over this trip and was far from disgraced last time when finishing fourth in a good quality nursery at Newmarket won by Baharaah, being down eased near the finish.
The handicapper has kindly dropped her a couple of pounds for that effort and it will be a surprise if she can’t win a race of this nature off her current mark of 76, which ensures she gets weight from all bar one of her rivals this afternoon. With her stable continuing to churn out the winners, she makes plenty of appeal at the 9/1 on offer.
The six-furlong handicap run later on the card features some progressive types and they include James Fanshawe’s The Tin Man, who is chasing a hat-trick. He must be thereabouts but a 12mb rise for his latest success seems harsh and, at the forecast odds, I’d rather back FENDALE each-way against him.
Michael Dods’ charge was a smart juvenile, winning his his first two starts, and was considered good enough to contest the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes here last August, before running well in a good Listed race at Ayr. His best effort in two runs this season came last out when not beaten far in this grade at Thirsk and he runs off the same mark here
His trainer, writing in a recent Stable Tour, said he wasn’t happy with the three-year-olds work after that latest run and decided to give him some time off. He also reports him to be in “grand order” now and “working really well” at home, so he may well be able to make light work of his 67-day layoff, with his stable in cracking form.