Race Time: 2.10pm Meeting: York
Full Race Name: Betfred “Supports Jack Berry House” Class Two
A cracker of a cavalry charge is on the cards this afternoon with some decent handicap sprinters looking to take advantage of any opportunity available to take a £25,000 handicap and pay for their season costs. Top weight Tangerine Trees (20/1) has the burden of nine stone seven to keep him anchored to the spot but Bryan Smart’s ten year old cannot simply be discounted despite both his weight and his age. Five furlongs is certainly his trip, and he has won off of higher marks in the past but in theory ought to be on a downward curve and staking him to repeat his very best form may just be asking a bit too much. Out Do is an interesting contender for the David O’Meara yard and seems sure to be popular with hid string in good form overall, but he has never ever even tried five furlongs, with six or more his idea of fun. This does seem sure to be run at a fast and furious pace from the start so his extra stamina may well help toward race end but we would be wary that he would then need luck in running to get through weakening horses and at the very least we would expect him to be priced accordingly.
Red Baron (12/1) arrives here as the most in form option for trainer Eric Alston after recent wins at Wolverhampton but this is different class and he has got an extra four pounds to carry here. His last win on the turf was at Doncaster last April in a Class Four event so this is shooting at the stars but he does have precious little weight to carry and may run better than his bare form implies. Looking for an outsider to consider as an each way alternative and we have come up with Lexington Abbey (10/1) who looks likely to have the benefit of Jamie Spencer in the saddle. He has been regularly punished by the handicapper for some consistent placed results, though he hasn’t gone past the post in front since last July, a run of eight defeats in a row. Somehow, the son of Sleeping Indian has been put up six pounds in that time which won’t exactly make his life any easier today, but with Jamie just about the most patient jockey around, even in these hell for leather events, he may well run a lot better than his expected price implies. Pearl Acclaim (25/1) gets the chance to round off my little short list for the moment, and he is yet another sprinter looking to try and rekindle past glories. Trained by David “Dandy” Nicholls, he last won at Ripon in August 2012, a run of 12 races, but a lot of them have been n better contests that he faces today, and as his handler is the King of the handicap sprinters, you ignore his runners in these races at your peril, with ground, weight and track all seemingly in his favour – though a one stall draw may be more than enough to balance those advantages out I am sorry to add.