York 2.30 tips – be smart and side with Clever Cookie

York 2.30 tips - be smart and side with Clever Cookie

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Betting Tip: Clever Cookie @ 9/2 with betvictor

Big Orange had less than a length to spare over Quest For More (2nd) and Trip To Paris (3rd) when winning the Goodwood Cup last time and it should be close between them again here on identical terms. But that trio may struggle to cope with Peter Niven’s ex-hurdler CLEVER COOKIE, who is shading favouritism at 4/1 with bet365.

He didn’t run in the Goodwood race and also sidestepped the Ascot Gold Cup on account of unsuitably fast ground, which won’t be an issue this afternoon. It was riding good when he won at the track in May, when taking his flat record to 5-8, and he’s since running creditably in the Group 1 King George at Ascot, where he stayed on well to snatch fifth in that 1m4f contest. He clearly needs further to show his best at Group level and today’s conditions – an extended two miles with some cut underfoot – should be perfect for him.

He may have most to fear from Tac De Boistron, another soft-ground performer, who finished just over a length behind him at Chester in May and is 7lb better off at the weights. He hasn’t run since finishing last at Ascot, though, and he might want the ground even softer, while today’s longer race will suit the selection.

Betting Tip: Clever Cookie @ 9/2 with betvictor

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