With the Boodles Festival behind us and the Dante meeting coming up next week at York we have three selections to try and boost the York betting bank.
Trainer Maurice Barnes is a frequent visitor to this venue and his Apache Pilot has placed on his last three starts at this venue.
The gelding has been getting closer to success with each outing, including when beaten by a short-head in a 2m4f handicap chase on good going here a week ago.
A 4lb rise for that effort shouldn’t prove too much of an issue given the gelding had previously finished third over this trip here just under a month ago and, while at the age of 11 Dillan Hurst’s mount is into the veteran stage of his career, it’s notable that he took this race off a 6lb higher mark 12 months ago.
Racing off a low weight in this contest, the son of Indian Danehill rates a decent each-way bet to register his fourth success at this track.
Sir Michael Stoute has his string in great form at present and he comes into this contest with a 26% strike-rate (8/31) in recent weeks.
The Newmarket handler’s selection in this contest is the lightly-raced four-year-old Sextant who broke his maiden when victorious in a 1m4f maiden at Newbury (good) in August last year.
Subsequently beaten at a short price in a novice contest over this course and distance the following month, the son of Sea The Stars has been gelded since then and with improvement likely at four he is taken to make a winning seasonal and handicap debut with the promising Louis Steward taking the ride.
The presence of Whisper in this staying handicap hurdle means only four horses race from within the handicap with one of those being the Jamie Snowden-trained Double Treasure.
The selection made up into a useful chaser during 2017 completing a hat-trick when winning a novice chase at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) in October of that year.
Since then the son of King’s Theatre has proven himself to be a decent novice hurdler with his most recent success, by 34L in a novice hurdle over an extended 2m5f at Fontwell (good) last month marking his third over the smaller obstacles.
Max Kendrick, on board for his two most recent starts, takes the ride once more and Double Treasure looks capable of registering his first handicap victory over hurdles stepping up in distance.
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