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York tips: Dave Nevison's best bets for day one of the Dante Festival

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Wed 12 May 2021

The countdown to crowds coming back is definitely on and it is a great shame the Dante meeting will be behind closed doors this week, but it is the feature of a cracking week on the channel.

1.45 York: Glasses Up at a general 33-1

There are a few horses from the biggest stables in this who might well be out of handicap company very soon if progressing a little further.

However, the market has them very well found and it is tough to separate them. Glasses Up improved throughout last season over a variety of trips and has earned the right to be contesting races such as this.

At face value, his very narrow defeat in a three-runner race at Musselburgh last time looks like he has improved again and I feel he will be much better suited by this big field and competitive race.

It is a slight concern that he has not run his best races here but a glance through the form shows he has had reasonable excuses and I think today's trip on slightly easy ground is now ideal.

He will be finishing well, that's for certain, and hopefully he can stay on into one of the places at a decent price.

2.10 York: Bielsa at a general 8-1

His history suggests wind problems have prevented this horse developing into a serious sprinter, which it looked like he could be early on in his four-year-old career.

However, after another operation over the winter he returned at Ayr and ran a very encouraging race to be second in a decent, small-field handicap.

He is drawn in the middle of the track which is often ideal on the sprint track at York and his front-running style suits the venue.

The key change is the application of cheekpieces for the first time which, if they have a positive effect, could show Bielsa to still be well-handicapped.

4.50 York; Flyin' Solo at 15-2 with William Hill

Has only been put up 4lb for his win at Newbury last time and that could well underestimate him as he was produced perfectly by Rossa Ryan - who keeps the ride - and won with authority.

He also looked very much as if he might have improvement in him over further so should benefit from this afternoon’s step up in distance.

His pedigree certainly suggests the trip will suit and a strong pace, which appears certain, will be perfect for his running style.

This is only his second run on turf and he won his first so there are plenty of avenues for improvement.

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