It's been another fine week for our Punting Pointers team of Rory Delargy and David Massey - don't miss their two Saturday bets.
1pt e.w Zargun in 2.55 York at SP
1pt Glenartney in 3.30 York at 5/1 (General)
Harry Davies has already been seen to good effect on one Andrew Balding handicapper that’s probably a bit high in the handicap already this year, that being Shine So Bright, and the useful 7lb he takes off Oo De Lally’s back here would mean he’d be on a very workable mark on last year’s form.
After wind surgery in the spring, he came back to run well behind Boardman on ground plenty quick enough for him at Haydock, just looking in need of the outing in finishing fifth. He was due to run at Ascot at the start of the month but the ground went against him (forecast rain never materialized) and he was withdrawn, but ought to have no such issues at York tomorrow. Stall 5 is a good draw to work from, and a better effort can be expected.
You’d have needed to have been wearing blinkers not to see the promise of Jawwaal’s run here last week when, travelling strongly on the heels of the leaders, he found himself short of room and wasn’t given a hard time thereafter. Clearly he’s better than that, but the worry here is that he finds himself on the wing in stall 1, which might not be the place to be.
Whereas on the other side in stall 14, Zargun, for one that likes a bit of room to race in, might have an ideal draw to work from. We were with him here last time out when his stablemate Fine Wine made all the running, but Zargun shaped well enough in sixth to suggest his turn might not be far away. Third in this last year (again from a high draw, the only one of the first five home to come from high), his York record is still a good one and we may well stick with him today.
If there’s one thing me and Delargy fully agree on today it’s that Glenartney has been crying out for 1m6f for some time and now she finally gets a crack at it, we should see a much improved performance.
Third in the Galtres over 1m4f here last year, where all she did was stay on all the way to the line, she was then due to have a crack at the Park Hill before the unseasonably warm weather quickened the ground up too much for her liking, and she was taken out. She got her ground on the final day of the season at Doncaster but found the drop back to ten furlongs against her, and it was a similar story on her reappearance at Goodwood where, as well as needing the run, she found 1m4f not far enough.
She's got a bit to find on the figures but we expect her to leave behind her previous form now she gets a trip, and if there’s a drop of unexpected rain, then so much the better.
Probably no more than a mention for Mervello here, but it is interesting that, for a horse you’d imagine was bought last autumn with a jumps campaign in mind, given his connections (JP/Jonjo) he’s being tried in summer handicaps and Tom Marquand has been booked, isn’t it?
Given Ahorsewithnoname hosed up at York from his new mark last week, it probably wasn’t a bad effort to be beaten eight lengths by him at Newbury the time before, giving him a stone. That was his first start since last September too, so you’d imagine he should come on for it. Sadly, the 50-1 around yesterday has gone - the 28-1 with 365 is just about acceptable - but we can pass him over at the general price of 22-1.
Just Hubert would be the other to catch the eye, given 1m4f at Ascot for him last time was far too short for him. He too will strip fitter and for all that it may well be Ascot and Goodwood that we see him at his peak this year, you’d not rule out a better effort now he’s back at a more suitable trip.
Published at 0945 BST on 21/05/22
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