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14:10 York

Now that Danzeno is a non-runner the 18 runners that remain make this an ultra competitive looking handicap sprint and with eight former course victors in the lineup it's been tricky to decipher.

Bielsa is the current market leader but without a win here at York before and a mixed bag of form in recent times he's hard to rely upon and I'm happy to look elsewhere. He could finish in the mix but I'd be shocked to see him finish with his head in front.

The Simon Crisford trained runner Roulston Scar was very poor when last seen here at York when last of 21 but the five year old has a great record first time out and making his seasonal reappearance demands upmost respect. The only downside however is that he's never won off this handicap mark and this amount of weight might be enough to put pay to his chances.

Both of Keith Dalglish's runners Aberama Gold and Soldier's Minute have enough in their locker to find a place but don't look the easiest to win with.

From the list of course and distance winners that are set to enter the stalls it's David O'Meara's Gulliver that I'm convinced should be worthy of backing. The seven year old has a great record here at York with four previous course successes. He's a couple of pounds lower than his last winning mark and should be fitter than most with his all-weather exploits. Likely to produce a solid performance and capable of finishing in the frame under Danny Tudhope.


written by Rory Paddock


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