Goldream to Bos York opener
Ben Linfoot seeks out the value on the first day of York's Ebor Meeting and he's backing two in the first race.
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It's a fast and furious start to the York Ebor Meeting with 19 runners fighting it out over the extended five furlongs in the Symphony Group Handicap.
Absolutely key to this race is the amount of speedsters that like to attack from the front end and I reckon at least half the field like to lead or race prominently.
It has all the makings of a thunderous opening to the meeting with the likes of Demora, Zero Money, Judge 'N Jury and Whozthecat among those who will be battling for the lead from the second the gates open.
The former is trained by sprint specialist Robert Cowell and he's worth forgiving a rare poor run in the Stewards' Cup consolation race at Goodwood last time.
I'd forgive any horse a below-par effort on their first trip to Sussex and if you put a line through that performance his profile is a steadily progressive and consistent one.
The standout piece of form that that should be revisited for the purpose of Wednesday's race is the five-furlong handicap won by Ancient Cross that opened Dante day.
Goldream was second in that contest and looked most unlucky, travelling well into the race before being hampered. To his credit he regathered his momentum and rallied to finish second, proving his liking for this course and distance.
He ran off a handicap mark of 90 that day, and, racing off a rating just 1lb higher on Wednesday, a bold show is expected, particularly with the application of cheekpieces and the booking of Jamie Spencer enhancing his appeal.
The second selection, Dick Bos, just looks worth chancing considering he's 22/1.
He seems to have been shunted out to a big price on the back of his 16th-place finish in the Great St Wilfrid at Ripon on Saturday, but again, I'm inclined to put a line through that effort.
The Dutch Art gelding raced on the outside of the far side group at Ripon and never travelled with his usual fluency before being heavily eased once his chance had gone in the final furlong.
I'm happy to put that down to being a bad day at the office and David O'Meara must be happy enough with him to let him take his chance again so soon.
Prior to Ripon he'd been in really good form all season, as evidenced by his previous start at York when he ran a blinder in the Sky Bet Dash despite being hampered.
Given he usually travels so well I think he's really interesting dropping back to the extended five for just the second time in his career. With the potentially ferocious pace set to suit, he looks worth the risk.
I'll be splitting win stakes on the pair, but if you do want to bet each-way note that Sky Bet are paying five places.
1pt win Goldream in 1.55 York at 10/1
1pt win Dick Bos in 1.55 York at 22/1
Ben Linfoot's Value Bet Aim: The Value Bet is designed to generate long-term profit by searching for overpriced horses in the feature weekend races and at the big Festivals in the UK. Running total: +263.56pts to advised stakes/prices (from inception of Value Bet column in January 2010 to current). The column is +131.25pts to recommended stakes in 2013.