Friday ITV Racing Tips: A pair of bets for the final day of York's Dante meeting

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Tony has two selections for the final day of the York Dante meeting
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The first three races on York's final day of the Dante meeting aren't exactly up Tony Calvin's street, but our man does have some punting angles in the later races on the card...

"His two career-best efforts have come on this course, both over 1m, and this 1m2f trip will hopefully be within his compass."

Kings Gift at [11.0] or bigger in 16:05 at York

As far as unattractive betting mediums go, the 16-runner fillies' 2yo 5f Listed race at 14:20 is probably right up there.

Indeed, the opening three races at York won't be getting any of my cash, so I will probably have to venture out of my terrestrial brief a bit later in this piece.

Anyway, back to the juvenile contest that kicks off the card.

My eyes glaze over when looking at a field full of unexposed horses - just the 11 of these won last time out, and eight are unbeaten - and this is as tricky as it gets.

I suppose I would nominate Salisbury heavy-ground winner Cotubanama if forced - she ran a really promising third from well off the pace on better ground behind Strings Of Life on her debut - but it really is a race to watch for me.

Skyline an each-way punt if all eight go to post

The fillies' 1m Listed race at 14:55 has just the six runners but I wouldn't be surprised if any of them won it, even if Newmarket maiden winner Sheikha Reika is officially rated 20lb inferior to Lowther winner Threading.

The Yorkshire Cup at 15:30 looks far more straightforward, but the betting tells you that.

Stradivarius is around even money and I don't think you can quibble with that, as he has the best form courtesy of his Goodwood Cup win and his St Leger second, and he is unpenalised for the Group 1 win.

Furthermore, he won first time out last season, albeit off a mark of 78 in a Beverley handicap.

If all eight stand their ground then Desert Skyline is the obvious each-way play against him at around the 7/1 mark.

However, I am not going to put up that kind of bet in a "dead eight" field 24 hours before the off. A non-runner is probably not that big a price.

Desert Skyline was very impressive when winning the Doncaster Cup last season, and he was without his usual cheekpieces when third in the Sagaro Stakes on his return at Ascot earlier this month.

They are back on here and the step down in trip won't be an issue for him, as he was a good second in the 1m5f Bahrain Trophy and also finished third in a 1m2f Epsom handicap last season.

If all the runners stand their ground, then he is the each way punt, even with his 3lb penalty for his Doncaster win (as it came after August 31st).

Kings could be a Gift if seeing out the trip

In the 16:05 Master Carpenter is back on a 2lb lower mark than when winning this race by 5 lengths last season, and Erik The Red is another horse who goes well around here.

But the one that interests me is Kings Gift at [11.0] or bigger.

I had a fair pop on him at a price in the Cambridgeshire last season, which didn't exactly go to plan, but I am willing to give him another chance.

He shaped okay from off the pace and on the outside in the Hunt Cup at Wetherby on his return, and the handicapper has given him a helping hand by dropping him 2lb.

His two career-best efforts have come on this course, both over 1m, and this 1m2f trip will hopefully be within his compass.

I can forgive him his dire effort over this trip at Goodwood last season because the ground was horrendous, and he didn't get the opportunity to show if he saw it out when he was hampered and got no run up the inner in the Hampton Court.

If he stays - and that is clearly the big "if" - then I think he will go very close to winning off this mark.

Visors and SDS point to a big run from Baby

In the RUK-only races, Angel Of Darkness and Yeah Baby Yeah were the two that interested me most in the 16:35.

Yeah Baby Yeah has been running well of late, and the combination of a first-time visor and Silvestre De Sousa on board for the first time could sharpen her act up even more.

Gay Kelleway is an above-average operator when using this headgear option initially, and they included a 25/1 winner in Billy Booth at Wolverhampton last week. Indeed, she is two from two in 2018, as Reedanjas was a 10/1 scorer at Chelmsford in January. So she applies a visor selectively, and well.

Her filly rates a small-stake bet at [13.0] or bigger.

Angel Of Darkness was given an easy time of it once beaten on his return at Windsor, and he is now 1lb lower than when a good third over course and distance in August. I fear him most.

Don't give up on Victory if backing these two

I don't have much of a punting opinion in the 17:10 - maybe Kimifive or Misty Spirit on her first start for Robert Cowell - but Victory Chime and Dontgiveuponbob are worth a second look in the finale at 17:40.

Victory Chime comes here rather than go to Newbury on Saturday and run in the 1m2f London Gold Cup, often a red-hot handicap, and is of obviously of interest after his Goodwood win.

But Dontgiveuponbob ran well for a long way when fourth at Thirsk over 1m on his reappearance, for which he was eased 1lb in the weights, and you have to think the step up in trip will suit.

He finished third over 1m2f in the soft at Pontefract as a juvenile, and he is a half-brother to a 1m4f winner (albeit that one was by Sir Percy).

I will stop short of putting him up a bet, though.

No bet to be had in Newbury sprint

My shortlist for ITV's 6f handicap at Newbury consists of about seven, but undoubtedly the most interesting is Ultimate Avenue.

He went into everyone's mythical notebooks after his third on the July course last season - he would have won with a clear run - but then looked decidedly uncooperative at Goodwood and Ascot.

He has paid for it as he has been gelded and given a wind op, and a first-time hood is tried to help him be far more tractable. That's a proper MOT.

He certainly has the talent to be winning off this mark, though the inclination remains doubtful and he meets a bang in-form sprinter in the shape of Baron Bolt, and Quench Dolly has dropped to the same mark as when sluicing up by 3 lengths at Goodwood last season.

Throw in the likes of Mazzini, and this is a race I can easily leave alone.

Good luck.

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