4.05pm York Tips & Betting Preview 16/06/2017

This is a Class 2 handicap over 6f, see our betting tips and the full race preview below.

IN SUMMARY: Tom Dascombe’s EARTHA KITT was given a tough assignment on her seasonal reappearance at Lingfield but she can will come on for that run and can win this. She’s unexposed and is well off on today’s terms with her weight-for-age allowance and she can take this ahead of Sainted who has ground concerns and Tallulah Rose who needs to bounce back to form off this mark.

1 SOUTHERN BELLE – Has failed to make the grade in two Class 2 handicaps previously but Robert Cowell’s runner is a smart enough sort and she was once thought good enough to be tried in a Group 3. She finished fourth last time out, beaten 3 1/4 lengths by a some average sorts and she will need to take a big step forward to beat this lot off top weight. Others are preferred.

2 TALLULAH ROSE – Faced a tough task on her seasonal reappearance at Newmarket in April and she finished ninth of eleven, beaten 10 1/2 lengths in the Nell Gwyn Stakes. She should improve for that run and the step down in class will certainly see her go close if she’s fully wound up off a 58-day break. Clifford Lee claims a useful 5lbs and that could see her well-treated off an effective mark of 87.

3 SYPHEN – Has paid for her good form over the winter having shot up the weights from a mark of 79 up to a mark of 88. She’s been dropped 5lbs following her latest run which puts her on a fair mark although she’s yet to score in this grade and others make more appeal based on form. She’s dropped back in trip having been tried over 7 furlongs over the winter and others make more appeal.

4 SAINTED – William Haggas’ runner makes her 4yo debut today following a 357-day break. She’s won two of her three career starts and she races off a 6lb higher mark having won a Class 4 Newmarket handicap by 2 3/4 lengths back in June 2016. The ground is an unknown having done all her winning on Soft or worse and the market should guide best as to what is expected of her near-year absence.

5 HOPE SOLO – Another that returns off a long break having been off the track since a heavy defeat at Newbury back in July of last year. She’s won once in four career starts which came on Soft ground in a Class 4 maiden at Chester and she has a fair few questions to answer now making her return. Another to watch closely in the betting but the yard’s runners generally need a run off a break.

6 QUEEN IN WAITING – Has run to a consistent level in this grade on her last three starts following an All-Weather double. She’s yet to win on turf but she’s shown more than enough ability and she’s been dropped a pound following her latest 2 1/4 length defeat. She has to improve to score off this mark but she’s a classic Mark Johnston runner and she will continue to run well and is impossible to rule out.

7 SHAMSAYA – Last seen finishing seventh of ten, beaten 4 1/4 lengths in a Southwell handicap last November. She’s dropped 2lbs in the weights today but that still leaves her 5lbs higher than her last winning mark which came in a Class 3 handicap. She’s likely to need this run although the booking of Andrea Atzeni catches the eye and the yard have sent out a winner from their last 10 runners. The market should guide best and she’s not ruled out.

8 JAMEERAH – Looked to have been caught out by the Soft ground at Thirsk on her seasonal reappearance and she remains without a win on turf from 3 starts. She remains on her last winning mark but she’s looked far better on the All-Weather and she has questions to answer although she should come on for her second start of the season. The ground should suit but others make more appeal on form.

9 EARTHA KITT – There was plenty of money about for Tom Dascombe’s filly when she ran in a Group 3 at Lingfield on her seasonal return which went wayward. She was beaten 17 lengths that day but it was a good contest and a mark of 84 shouldn’t be far from what she’s capable of. She remains completely unexposed and she’s likely to show plenty of progression today now tried in cheekpieces. Market support would be significant.

10 TURANGA LEELA – Ian Williams’ filly arrives here on the back of a success at Chester last time out. She won by a comfortable 1 1/2 length margin that day when well-supported and she’s stepped right up in grade today with the blinkers replacing the visor. Phillip Makin gets off her to ride Southern Belle and George Wood negates 3lbs of her 7lb rise. Well-treated with a weight-for-age allowance today.

11 THE FEATHERED NEST – Finished half a length behind Southern Belle when the pair met in late May and the form wasn’t enhanced when the winner that day was beaten subsequently. The pair remain on exactly the same terms again today and they shouldn’t be far apart although Richard Fahey’s runner is the less exposed of the two and should come on again for that run. Respected in this on today’s terms with conditions sure to suit.

12 FRUIT SALAD – Ran a pleasing enough race at Thirsk last time out and she steps up in trip to 6 furlongs today. This is the hardest test she’s faced to date and she is poorly treated with a few of the 3yo runners on today’s terms. She’s slightly more exposed than many of her rivals and is likely to find this too hot although the fast ground should certainly suit. The yard are without a winner from their last 8 runners which is a negative.

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