Race Time: 2.55pm Meeting: York Distance: 5f
Full Race Name: titanbet.co.uk Spring Sprint (Handicap Stakes) Class Two
We can talk about this here and get an idea of the main protagonists but the fact is the draw is all important at York and any final decisions need to wait until we are fully aware of the specific stalls our horses will burst free from. If even half the early declared stand their ground then we are in for a five-furlong cavalry charge. It may be a little too early in the season for the three year olds to take on their elders at the weights, but that hasn’t stopped Ann Duffield entering Astrophysics (16/1), which makes him of interest. One win from five races doesn’t impress at first glance, but the son of Paco Boy was only beaten a head by Beacon in the Flying Childers at Doncaster, which to us looks pretty impressive form. His yard are pretty shrewd so if they feel he is fit enough to run here then he must be, and if his form is as good as it looks and he has trained on then he looks likely to represents rock solid each way value if his draw is OK (and it is in the 14 stall).
Suggesting a ten year old may seem foolhardy yet Captain Dunne (14/1) seems to be enjoying a second childhood with two wins this season at Thirsk under talented apprentice Rachel Richardson and although put up a further six pounds for his last easy victory, he has in fact won off of massively higher (105) in the dim and distant past so could possibly even be described as well weighted here! Top weight Line Of Reason (18/1) has gone up in the ratings despite failing to collect too much prize money as he has been running acceptably if not spectacularly in much better company but could be an interesting option dropped back to handicap grade. Beaten last time out by Glass Office here in a Group Two, and by Sir Maximilian in a Group Three in Dubai the time before, there is nothing of that class on offer this afternoon but then again he does have to give weight away all round despite not winning a race since July last year.
Lexi’s Hero (12/1) is the chosen runner for the Richard Fahey yard and after winning at Chester last time out connections will be hoping he can follow up. His 10/1 price that day certainly suggested he may well improve for the run, but then again he has been put up six pounds for the win so he will have no choice! He does have a good draw in the 20 stall which will aid his cause, and has won off a higher rating (all be it way back in 2011), making him a solid each way call if you like his price? Lastly, David “Dandy” Nicholls has always been known for his sprinters and although the prizes of yesteryear have been eluding him of late, he can still pull off a surprise now and then, you have been warned! He sends Kimberella (18/1) here and again, the five year old has a nice high draw, but what of his form? Recent runs give him no hope but he has slipped down the weights to a mark of 90 and has won off of 89 so we aren’t really asking too much more – if you fancy a massively priced outsider then you could do a lot worse.