By The Tote Team www.tote.co.uk
The Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival at York again takes centre stage on Thursday with the six-runner Darley Yorkshire Oaks being the highlight.
But as well as Group 1 action, there is a Tote Placepot to be won, and we’re on hand to provide the pointers, trends and potential outsiders to consider on the Knavesmire.
THE BIG TREND
DANIEL TUDHOPE is the leading jockey at York this year, with seven winners from his 26 rides there. Backing him blind on the Knavesmire during this period would’ve resulted in a +£20.95 profit to level stakes at SP, which is impressive.
On Thursday, Tudhope is declared for four rides: NOORBAN (1:45pm), IMPERIAL FORA (2:15pm), PROMPTING (2:45pm) and AWARD SCHEME in Leg 5 at 3:45pm. Her Majesty The Queen owns the last named horse. A talented filly, who has won two of her last three starts and has been in the first three home in all six of her career outings to date.
With some searingly hot races on display, it will pay to have a Placepot Banker or two on side and hedge your bets in the trickier legs. LOVE will be a warm order for the 3:15pm (Leg 4) Darley Yorkshire Oaks, a race she looks absolutely primed for following her procession at Epsom last time. Aidan O’Brien’s gifted daughter of Galileo has proven she has the class and speed to win a 1000 Guineas, but also the required stamina to excel over middle distances. She could be a real superstar in the making.
OUTSIDER TO CONSIDER
TJ Kent is a new name to look out for in Newmarket and the trainer sends an interesting juvenile up to York on Thursday. ATASER (Leg 6, 4:20pm) couldn’t reel in Line Of Departure at Ascot last time, but it was another improved effort from this interestingly-bred colt. He runs here from a handicap mark of 79, which is very workable on the promise of his recent efforts. Ray Dawnson’s 5lb claim is handy and Ataser should make his presence felt once again. He’s gaining experience all the time and is a straightforward type.
There are a couple of potential banana skin Torpedo legs. The opening leg at 1:45pm has attracted a strong field of 14 for the Group 2 Lowther Stakes. With any number of improving fillies in the line-up, it could pay to have a couple on side. HALA HALA HALA has nice form and has had a wind operation since her last run; a tongue-tie is also applied. Irish raider MISS AMULET is also well worth keeping an eye on.
Twenty handicappers are declared to post in the 2:45pm (Leg 3), where PROMPTING bids to follow up his impressive run of form with another win here. Tudhope rides again having won on him here last month and the pair look set for another big say, despite a 9lb climb in the weights since they last partnered up.
OUR PLACEPOT PERM
Leg 1: 3,4,7
Leg 2: 6,8
Leg 3: 2,7,14
Leg 4: 5
Leg 5: 4,8
Leg 6: 3,6
3 x 2 x 3 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 72 lines
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