Channel 4 Racing Tips: Wild Coco is the pick in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks

Wild Coco runs at York on Thursday in the Yorkshire Oaks

Tipster extraordinaire Tony Calvin runs the rule over Thursday's Channel 4 racing, and picks out a few big prices he think will serve you well across the day...

"Wild Coco was very impressive on her comeback at Goodwood, beating a progressive horse in Elik with the minimum of fuss and I think she has the pace to cope with the step back in trip."

I was going to give the minefield that is the 13:55 20-runner sales race at York on Thursday a wide berth, but the price tempted me on Haikbidiac. 
 
Those dastardly layers always seem to do that.

Back him at 14.013/1 or bigger. I thought he should be trading in single figures.

Now, you could quite easily make convincing cases for half of the field in this and a strict reading of the formbook tells you that the selection would prefer 5f to today's trip.

But the videos of his races tell you something completely different - I think he has been crying out for a return to 6f; indeed he even looked to need further when third over that trip at Epsom in June - and Haikbidiac fits the bill here.

Even the form he showed when fourth in the Weatherbys Super Sprint gives him excellent form claims, and I can see him improving for a strongly-run 6f, which this is sure to be.

The trip is also a slight doubt about Reroute in the Lowther Stakes at 14:30. But I have to give her one more chance after siding with her at Goodwood, only to see the ground go against her. And my cash along with it.

She will get her favoured fast ground today, and I am happy to take on the three likely market leaders, J Wonder, Lucky Kristale and Wild Fire, for various reasons.

I don't fancy last week's 5f Newbury winner Wind Fire over this extra furlong, or J Wonder at the price (she should be nearer 5-1 in my book), and Lucky Kristale rates more of a threat for the excellent George Margarson after her clear-cut Newmarket win. 

But if you are backing this filly purely because she put Morny third Rizeena firmly in her place at Newmarket last time I think that could be a mistake - I accept she beat the whole field pointless, but Rizeena wasn't at her best there for me - and a 3lb penalty makes life harder for her.

And Reroute made such a good impression when winning her debut in a very quick time over 5f here on fast ground in June that I have to give her one more chance at the price.

She may just have found the race coming a bit too soon when a creditable fifth in the Queen Mary five days later, and the ground got far too soft her at Goodwood. On raw ability, I suspect she could be the best filly in here and she is worth chancing at 11.010/1 or bigger.

Sandagiyr was another one that got away at Goodwood. We were on him at 40.039/1 when he was beaten a length by Wentworth in the Betfred Mile, and I maintain that he would have bustled up the winner had he got a consistently clear run from 2f out.

But his stall in 17 is off-putting, and I can't resist a few quid on Windhoek at 17.016/1 or bigger in the 15:05.
 
Now, I know you may as well stay at home and burn fifty pound notes rather than backing Mark Johnston's horses at York, (though winner Broxbourne and the 1.011/100-traded Party Line didn't run too badly on the opening day, did they?) but the market may well overreact to that fact, and Windhoek has a lot going for him.

He should get a great position from his stall in three, is 2lb lower than when seventh to Wentworth at Goodwood, trip and ground are ideal, and I have a sneaking suspicion that we may not have seen the best of him yet. At around 16-1, I am willing to pay to find out.
 
Having opposed Wild Coco at Goodwood partly on the grounds that the genius that was Sir Henry Cecil wasn't around to supervise this fragile filly's preparation, I feel somewhat of a fraud for putting her forward as the bet in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks at 15:40.
 
But I was expecting her to be near favourite in this, so I cannot resist backing her at 6.25/1 or bigger. And I wouldn't put you off backing her win and place, or each way at 5-1 or bigger on the Betfair Sportsbook either. 

It may literally be a bet to nothing, though.

The ground will be key here, as if it rides very fast tomorrow - and at the time of writing it remains to be seen if the course will water on Wednesday night - the likelihood is that Wild Coco will be withdrawn.

But if the ground is deemed ok, I think she will prove herself a Group 1 horse.

She was very impressive on her comeback at Goodwood, beating a progressive horse in Elik with the minimum of fuss and I think she has the pace to cope with the step back in trip.

The Fugue, who scoped badly after Sandown, will probably get her ground but she is probably best at 1m2f. 

I wouldn't be surprised if Venus De Milo goes off favourite here, as she comes here with plenty of stable confidence behind her and a progressive profile. Her second in the Irish Oaks gives her a leading chance, and she has to be respected.

But I think Wild Coco will prove herself the most talented horse in here if given the go-ahead.

I hear the William Haggas camp are quite keen on Our Obsession in the Galtres Stakes, but I will stick to the Channel 4 races this time, as is my brief.


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