Angus McNae's top tips for Sunday: Dakota Gold can shine at York

By Angus McNae
Sat 7 Sep 2019

One winning tip last week at Cork, advised at 9-2, meant a profit was secured and it could have been so much better but for another of my selections being beaten a neck at 7-1.

Such is the way of things in this game but I will happily take one winner and move on to four selections today.

I have three fancies at York and Listowel, starting with:

2.00 Listowel: Theatre Of War

This gelding was formerly with Keith Dalgleish and won over seven furlongs for him.

He has now joined Gavin Cromwell and has had one run for him over hurdles. In that run he dispelled any stamina doubts that his Flat career might have raised and he shaped most encouragingly.

He travelled strongly out wide and bar a bad mistake at the last he would have been involved in the finish.

The way he made up his ground from the third last to the last suggests that he is well up to winning in this sphere and this represents an ideal opportunity.

York 2.55: Dakota Gold

Dakota Gold has been a revelation of late - winning his last three races, two of which have been here at York. At a track that suits him he will be hard to beat again.

He put up a career-best performance last time out (watch above) winning off a mark of 104 and firing a Timeform speed figure of 111.

That figure suggests he should not be troubled stepping up to Listed company here.

It is also likely that in a small field he may be able to dominate from the front rather than be pestered as he was last time.

Given the early pressure he endured last time he did well to win . He can stay on a roll.

3.35 Listowel: Zola

Zola has run in three bumpers in her career, winning at the third time of asking at Sligo.

That win came in the style of a mare who is going to relish going further than two miles and Willie Mullins has stepped her straight up to three miles for her hurdling bow.

The bumper that she won is only modest form but she did win by eight lengths going away. This step up in trip and the switch to hurdling looks sure to suit. She is certain to run well.

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