York’s Dante Festival kicks off on Wednesday and we’re going to be treated to some superb action. The feature is the Group 2 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, with the Group 3 Musidora part of the supporting cast. We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action, including six races live on ITV4.
With four of those races being competitive handicaps, the potential for some big-priced winners is tantalising. I’ve swept through the ITV action and have found three horses at tempting prices who are set to out-run their prohibitive odds. You can find all the details below!
1.40 York – Raymond Tusk (20-1)
Alan King’s string are in brilliant form at present and Raymond Tusk will look to add to his winner’s tally under Martin Harley. A very talented horse at his peak, he was a Group 2 winner in France as a three-year-old for Richard Hannon. His best effort on the figures, however, came when fourth in the 2019 Ebor off a mark of 111.
That was a huge performance and he ran several good races last year, including finishing sixth in the November Handicap at Doncaster off 105. Joining Alan King over the winter, he was making his second start for the yard when a pleasing third to Sir Ron Priestley at Nottingham in a Listed contest. That form has been boosted and he returns to handicap off a lowly 99.
That’s an extremely exploitable rating and a strongly-run test over today’s trip is ideal for him. He’ll get a good tow into the contest and with ground conditions fine, a big run is expected on his third start for these connections.
2.10 York – Embour (20-1)
There’s nothing quite like a big-field sprint at York and Embour can land the spoils for Ruth Carr. Like Raymond Tusk, he was previously trained by Richard Hannon, for whom he won on six occasions. His most recent victory came on his first turf start for these connections, winning cosily at Redcar despite racing freely throughout.
His most recent start at Newmarket is best ignored, as he wouldn’t have been happy in such an unconventional, small-field sprint. Competitive off marks in the mid-90s for Hannon, a rating of 93 certainly won’t stop him from winning further races.
His record in big-field handicap sprints is another positive too. Placing in the 2019 Ayr Gold Cup off 96, he clearly loves races like this and if he’s able to settle early on, he should be heavily involved at lucrative odds.
3.10 York – Glenartney (33-1)
With three places on offer in this year’s Musidora, I’m more than happy to take a chance on Glenartney at huge odds. She was seen just twice as a juvenile, leaving behind a modest debut when scoring at Newmarket back in October. That was over seven furlongs and given her pedigree, she should leave the bare form behind over this new trip as a three-year-old.
Interestingly, her grand-dam Magnificient Style won this race in 1996 on her third career start. Her dam, Willoughby, is also an unraced half-sister to several Group 1 winners. That includes Nathaniel, who did nothing but improve at the same age. All her pedigree points to her being a useful middle-distance horse and an explosive amount of improvement should be forthcoming.
At odds of 33-1, with three places on offer in a wide-open eight-runner race, I’m happy to be on her side, especially with Tom Marquand aboard.
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