Racing tipster James Boyle has picked out three selections for Friday’s card at York.
Having shaped like a potential Group-class performer before, EYNHALLOW is worthy of a punt in the opening mile-and-a-half handicap. Things haven’t exactly panned out as hoped with the now 5-year-old and he only recently returned from a 414 day layoff at Newmarket so presumably there has been issues getting him back on the track. That yielded a solid enough run when you consider 1m 2f is not his trip and the first two home are unexposed youngsters who were ahead of the handicapper. He will likely come on a lot for that outing and much better is expected over this longer distance.
Kevin Ryan boasts a fine record in the Gimcrack having won 3 of the last 7 renewals and is responsible for almost a quarter of the field this time. REPARTEE is the most interesting to me, with the well-bred colt returning to the scene of his most impressive 5-length debut win. If he arrived to this race on the back of that performance he’d be half of the 12/1 on offer and his subsequent minor disappointment at Newbury is easily forgivable on account of the easing ground not suiting. Whether he’s up to Threat’s level remains to be seen but there’s enough to suggest he can best the others should the favourite flop.
DARK VISION was subject to serious support in the Golden Mile at Goodwood despite being drawn out very wise in stall 19 and unfortunately for his supporters that day, getting involved from such a position proved to be impossible. We’re better off concentrating on what he did previously at Newmarket when a close fourth in another valuable handicap. That signaled a proper revival from the former Group 2 victor and although he has the burden of top-weight today back against his own age group, he could have too much class for them to live with. I think he’ll enjoy the run of the race and be heavily involved.