The third and final day of York’s Dante meeting takes place on Friday and Racing Post tipster Robbie Wilders provides his three best bets.
Having initially been drawn to early favourite Nobel in the 1m2½f handicap (3.00), I’m switching allegiances to a bigger-priced and more solid option each-way in EEETEE for David O’Meara with bet365 paying four places.
Nobel could easily be a class apart on his handicap debut, but he needs to put a poor run at Newmarket over the autumn behind him on his first start following wind surgery at a track that can find inexperienced types out.
Eeetee has nothing to prove on the Knavesmire, as he hacked up over course and distance last September and followed that with a close fourth in a 16-runner event off today’s mark in October.
His comeback run at Haydock would have blown away the cobwebs, but he won that quite impressively anyway despite experiencing traffic problems in the straight.
Andrea Atzeni, who has ridden two of the past four winners of this, is an eyecatching booking by O’Meara. Backing the pair’s runners to £1 stakes in the past five years would have returned a decent £18 profit.
Four horses can win the feature Group 2 Yorkshire Cup (3.35) on all-known form and the one I’m keenest on is SISKANY.
Siskany produced a career-best Racing Post Rating of 121 in the Dubai Gold Cup at Meydan in March, pulling well clear of former Gold Cup winner Subjectivist in a ding-dong battle with Broome up the straight.
The selection traded at 1.05 in running that day, but was just oustayed over the two-mile trip.
Siskany now gets to face Broome off 3lb better terms and will be suited by this two-furlong shorter distance.
St Leger scorer Eldar Eldarov is interesting on his return, but is tasked with a 5lb penalty and connections are reportedly working back from the Gold Cup. He could need it, while Quickthorn seems to be a different horse at York and is feared most if getting another easy lead, as he did in the 2022 Lonsdale Cup here.
However, the other riders will surely be alert to that possibility and ensure that lightning doesn't strike twice.
Siskany is unexposed as a stayer and seems to be on the upgrade. The same cannot be said for Broome and Quickthorn.
I’m hoping O’Meara can enjoy another winner at York with Riot in the 7f handicap (4.45). He is the first trainer I look for in these races and this six-year-old is worth keeping onside after breaking his duck for this team in a low-key event at Chelmsford this month.
Riot was sent off the outsider of four that day, but there appeared to be little fluke about his strong last-to-first finish.
That was Riot’s first start of the season and the assumption is he will step forward from it based on his market weakness at Chelmsford.
He must defy a 3lb higher mark of 82 here, but he has placed off 93 in the past and looks capable of landing a top handicap when the cards fall right.
bet365 are offering five places for each-way betting and I’d very much expect him to be hitting the line strongly under Oisin Murphy.