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Thursday's racing tips - 5/1 NAP to hit the headlines at York

Jonathan Vine 16 May 2019
York races.

Our expert takes a look through all of Thursday's televised races and picks out a strong challenger in a handicap as his NAP of the day with William Hill on Thursday 16th May

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3:35pm Matchbook Betting Podcast Hambleton Handicap (Class 2) 1m



Beringer has a good chance of making it two wins on the trot. Just Hiss is a course-and-distance winner who currently sits on an appealing price. Yet, both have plenty of experience in handicaps of this ilk and it could pay to back a younger, less-exposed rival.

Hortazar is unbeaten since arriving from France and Ledham shaped well on his reappearance. The one who really captures my imagination, however, is Simon Crisford’s MUTAFANI and I’m hopeful Silvestre De Sousa’s mount will prove himself to be well ahead of the handicapper.

Following a weak debut in a hot maiden at Newmarket last April, Mutafani showed plenty of promise on his second outing at Windsor, finishing just a length behind the winner despite carrying odds of 16/1 into the stalls. A first appearance on an artificial surface followed and Crisford’s charge got off the mark, travelling nicely at the front before pulling clear in the closing stages.

Once runner-up Drill and third-placed Team Decision – now-rated 95 and 93 respectively – had come out an won well in subsequent appearances, it was only natural to see Mutafani carry an odds-on price into another novice contest at Thirsk. De Sousa’s mount was giving plenty of weight to many of his rivals that day, but even that didn’t stop Mutafani putting on another classy display of front-running, easing to a four-length success.

This will be Mutafani’s handicap debut, but the conditions of the race won’t be completely alien to this son of Exceed And Excel. Crisford’s charge has experience in large field races, he loves fast ground and excelled on turning, left-handed tracks on his two most recent runs. I really like Mutafani’s profile and his bold, front-running style should perfectly match a one-mile handicap on the Knavesmire.


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Thursday's racing tips - 5/1 NAP to hit the headlines at York

Our expert takes a look through all of Thursday's televised races and picks out a strong challenger in a handicap as his NAP of the day with William Hill on Thursday 16th May

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