The Dante Festival continues on Friday, with the feature contest being the Grade 2 Yorkshire Cup. The supporting cast also includes pattern action, with the Marygate Fillies Stakes and the Michael Seely Memorial starting off the card.
We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action, including meetings from Newmarket, Newbury, Leopardstown, Kilbeggan, Aintree and Hamilton. I, however, am trying to recreate my heroics from earlier in the year.
Back in February I slammed home The Cob at 25/1 and Takingrisks at 40/1 for a monster 1065-1 double and it’d be a great time to double my tally! I’ve found two York outsiders who can out-run their huge odds, and the double pays 528-1. It’s not quite 1065-1, but find out all the details below!
2.40 York – United Front (22-1)
Previously trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien, UNITED FRONT has been a revelation for Mick Appleby. With form figures of 2221231 since joining the yard, it’s safe to say he’s been highly consistent. All of his runs thus far for Appleby have come on the All-Weather, but he’s just as effective on turf. Back in Ireland last summer, he was beaten just two lengths by Champers Elysees on the grass.
He arrives to York having won at Chelmsford last time, defeating Zabeel Champion, who has subsequently completed a hat-trick. The form is certainly very strong and the fact he pulled clear with that rival is very pleasing. Just four pounds higher today, he’s unexposed on the turf and his current mark is clearly attainable.
The yard as a whole is firing on all cylinders and with the potential for further improvement now he’s back on the turf, a price of 22-1 looks to seriously underestimate this well-bred son of War Front.
3.40 York – Flaming Spear (22-1)
It’s been a long time between drinks, but Flaming Spear hinted at a return to form on numerous occasions over the winter. That included a close third at Chelmsford over today’s trip, travelling powerfully before flashing home. He took a long time to pick up and he needs a strong gallop at this trip, but he’ll certainly get that here.
His most recent victory came in a Kempton Listed race back in November 2018, but prior to that, he scooped up competitive handicaps at both York and Goodwood. That course victory came off a mark of 101 and he’s eighteen pounds lower today. The form of the yard is a big positive too, with Dean Ivory scoring with two of his last six runners.
He’ll love ground conditions and will be seen tanking in the rear-division as they enter the final few furlongs. If he can get into top gear early enough, he should be flying home and can snatch a place at huge odds under Joey Haynes.
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