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Wednesday’s racing tips - York Yankee could return £475 from £11 bet

Jonathan Vine 16 May 2018
York races.

Our expert looks through the full card on day one of York’s Dante Festival and combines four of his selections to make up this Yankee with Ladbrokes on Wednesday 16th May.

For three days, a capacity crowd will be packed into York racecourse, as they stage their famous Dante Festival. The card on day one features several excellent contests, including the Group Two Duke Of York Stakes and the final recognised trial for the Oaks, the Musidora Stakes.

Our expert has taken a look at Wednesday’s card in full and teamed four of his tips together into this appealing Yankee with Ladbrokes.

The odds have come in a little since we tipped this Yankee up yesterday, but if you were to sign up with Ladbrokes and place a £11 stake on our York Yankee, you would pocket a handsome return of £476.47 if all four were to win. The success of this Yankee hangs on Harry Angel and World Order. If both of them were to win and only one of Now Children and Lubinka managed to score, you would still win at least £50 in pure profit!

Wednesday's York Yankee

2:20pm Sky Bet First Race Special Jorvik Handicap (Class 2) 1m4f

Hamada showed some good form last season, following a runner-up finish to Royal Ascot victor Atty Peresse with a six length victory. Hamada's win over this distance as he made his return from injury has helped him to the top of the betting, but the form of Charlie Appleby’s stable has waned slighted in recent weeks and I’m prepared to back NOW CHILDREN to get the job done.

While under the stewardship of Iain Jardine, Now Children won two of his three juvenile starts. In September 2016, Tom Eaves guided the Dragon Pulse colt into in a Class Two Handicap at Ayr, where he rallied under pressure and showed great staying ability to grind out a win over a mile.

Like the favourite, Now Children missed his entire three-year-old campaign through injury. Adam Kirby’s mount belayed 500-days off the track by carrying top-weight to victory over ten furlongs at Wolverhampton, just a week after joining up with Clive Cox. A wide draw will allow Now Children to find cover in the pack as he tackles a mile-and-a-half for the first time and he could swoop late on to score a second victory for this in-form stable.

3:30pm Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes (Group 2) 6f

Tasleet ran a storming race to win this Group Two last season and returns to York with obvious chances. Brando impressed when beating Clipper rival, Sir Dancealot in the Abernant Stakes on his reappearance and his waiting tactics could suit York extremely well. However, this race is all about HARRY ANGEL and it’s well worth siding with Clive Cox’s star as he makes his first start of the year.

The trio clashed on three occasions last season, with Tasleet and Brando failing to finish within two lengths of Harry Angel as he scored fantastic victories in the July Cup and the Sprint Cup at Haydock. Tasleet passed the post a length ahead of his rival on their final start in the Champion Sprint at Ascot, but Harry Angel looked a tired horse that day and should be invigorated after a well-earned winter break.

Harry Angel’s Group One-winning exploits mean he will have to shoulder a five-pound penalty. This hasn’t stopped classy horses winning the Duke Of York in the past and none were in the same league as Clive Cox’s sprinter, who’s the highest rated horse ever to enter this Group Two. A victory is expected before heading to Royal Ascot.

Adam Kirby guides Harry Angel (right, blue) to victory in The Darley July Cup.

4:05pm Tattersalls Musidora Stakes (Group 3) 1m2½f

Ceilidhs Dream looked capable of staying further trips when winning on her reappearance at Newmarket and has been installed as the early favourite for this Oaks Trial. High Garden was surprisingly beaten on her reappearance, finishing behind Crystal Hope and York rival, Give And Take when carrying an odds-on price to post.

William Haggas has an excellent strike-rate here at York and Give And Take finished comfortably ahead of High Garden over that ten furlong trip. While she holds plenty of appeal, I’m finding it quite hard to fathom why LUBINKA’S price is as long as it is.

Despite failing to claim a victory, Peter Chapple-Hyam’s filly showed plenty of smart two-year-old form. Finishing second to future Group Two runner-up Dark Rose Angel on debut, before coming up less than two lengths short of Nell Gwyn winner Soliloquy next time at Ascot. Lubinka rounded off her campaign with a decent sixth in the Group One Fillies’ Mile, where she carried a price of 150/1 to post.

Lubinka travelled to Lingfield on her reappearance and managed to break her duck with a routine victory in an Auction Stakes. After winning that one-and-a-half miler, she was snapped up by Qatar Racing, giving Oisin Murphy the chance to claim his first victory in the Musidora. The Mastercraftsman filly comes into this race with the highest rating, the best two-year-old form and a victory over this distance to her name already this season. She offers stacks of value at this surprisingly lengthy price.

5:05pm British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10 Race) 5f

Delft Dancer was my NAP the day she won at Nottingham and, being a filly, her weight-for-sex allowance practically cancels out the penalty she would carry for having won already this season. While this should give Mark Johnston’s sprinter an advantage over top-weight Mayson Mac, Delft Dancer will still have to give a pound to WORLD ORDER and his breeding suggests firmer footing will do him the world of good.

Declan Carroll will have been impressed by his colt’s performance on debut, where he crossed the line just half-a-length behind the winning favourite on soft Doncaster turf. World Order’s performance was given a significant boost when his Doncaster conqueror, No Lippy scored in the opening race of Chester’s May Festival last week.

By former Duke Of York winner, Society Rock and out of a mare spawned by Invincible Spirit, there’s plenty of reason to suggest World Order can get the victory on his second career start and outsprint his rivals on the fast Knavesmire track.

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Wednesday’s racing tips - York Yankee could return £475 from £11 bet

Our expert looks through the full card on day one of York’s Dante Festival and combines four of his selections to make up this Yankee with Ladbrokes on Wednesday 16th May.

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