Tony Calvin returns for the final day of York's Dante meeting with two big-priced bets...
"Bryan Smart had the second and third in the sprint handicap here on Wednesday and his horses are running really well - the two that haven't have been 25-1 and 50-1 rags in maidens - and he won this race with Moviesta three years ago. Here is hoping that Ayresome Angel turns out to be just as good, and wins with 30lb in hand!"
There is no point forcing bets when they aren't there, so this is going to relatively short and sweet. There are no shortage of punting opportunities this weekend, I can assure you.
But Ayresome Angel has a fair bit going for her in the 14:20 at odds of 26.025/1 and bigger.
This is clearly an ultra-competitive three-year-old 0-90 handicap but the selection looks a player on her consistent juvenile form.
Arguably the pick of those efforts came when she was fourth in a course-and-distance nursery, and this speedy sort will look to go from the front here.
Bryan Smart had the second and third in the sprint handicap here on Wednesday and his horses are running really well - the two that haven't have been 25-1 and 50-1 rags in maidens - and he won this race with Moviesta three years ago. Here is hoping that this filly turns out to be just as good, and wins with 30lb in hand!
Madge not quite the Perfect bet
It is rare for me to get involved in a two-year-old race at this stage of the season and nothing I've seen - well, actually, nothing I've seen at the prices on offer - that entices me into a bet in the 14:55.
It is no surprise to see Stormy Clouds and Boater dominate the betting as they boast the best form and speed figures. But only two of their opponents have raced twice, so it doesn't take much imagination to see a few of these stepping forward markedly.
Prime candidate is Newmarket runner-up Perfect Madge, but I am happy to let this race slide on by.
Well-handicapped Fattsota worth chancing
The Yorkshire Cup at 16:05 is another unappealing betting heat but I will have a small-stakes bet of Fattsota in the 16:40.
There is plenty of stern opposition to him in the shape of Top Tug, who won on his debut for Alan King last month, and Oasis Fantasy, who finally did the business in first-time blinkers at Newmarket last time. And Barsanti is clearly a fast-improving gelding who will probably wear the favourite's tag come off-time.
It could be that my selection won't even beat his stablemate Chancery, but I am willing to have a small dart at Fattsota at 11.010/1.
His state of readiness for his first run of the campaign is an obvious worry, especially over this trip - his profile says he comes on for the run - but the price compensates for that doubt, especially as he has dropped down to a very good mark.
He was rated 112 after making all by eight lengths over 1m4f at Ripon last April, yet has fallen to 103 despite some good efforts towards the end of last season, and he is effective on any ground. So he can cope with whatever the York weather throws at him in the next 24 hours.
He has only one main pace rival in here, and if he can get the better of Croquemboche early doors from stall seven, he could be tough to peg back. His only previous start at the course yielded a head second here two seasons ago.
Big improvers the one negative against Nemoralia
Nemoralia is the clear form stand-out in the listed race at 15:30 - a reproduction of her third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf should see her winning this - but her price tells you that, and the opposition does feature some potential big improvers, notably Thetis and Czabo.
Back Ayresome Angel at 26.025/1 in the 14:20 at York
Back Fattsota at 11.010/1 in the 16:40 at York