WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Roscommon on Monday 23rd May.
|Nomadic Empire||6/16/1||E/W (6 places 1/5)
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|Venturous||14/114/1||E/W (6 places 1/5)
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Date of Tips: 10/05/2022
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (17:05 10/05/2022) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
Ah, York is back.
There is something very summery about racing on the Knavesmire, and if you haven’t ever visited the showpiece Yorkshire venue, then I suggest you do. It is a racecourse right out of the very top drawer, and the racing is often of a similar ilk.
This week’s Dante meeting gets underway on Wednesday, and many a dream will be dreamt this week as connections wonder what their horses will do this season.
For most of the connections of the horses in the Churchill Tyres Handicap at 2.25, they know exactly what their horses have done, can do and will do in the future. That is run as fast as they can for 6f.
Indeed seven of the 22-strong field have run faster than anything else over this very 6f stretch of turf, and another three have won at the track but at a different distance. So, as would befit a York sprint handicap, it is a fiercely competitive affair, at 6/1 the field.
The horse sitting atop of the market at the 6/1 mark is Nomadic Empire, and he rates as a very solid benchmark, bringing an attractive profile into the race, and as such, making him an each-way bet at 6/1 with Bet365, Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook for 6 places.
As with many in the race, Nomadic Empire has a very good record at York, and towards the backend of last season, he suggested that maturity was coaxing his performance levels to new heights, as he signed off with wins at Leicester, here at York, and an unlucky 4th back at York again.
As with sprinters, all eyes are invariably on how they fare on their first start of the season, as sometimes it can take them a run or two to click into gear properly.
If your eye was trained on Nomadic Empire for his seasonal debut for David O’Meara at Ripon 18 days ago, then you could’ve have missed him, as he was locked away without a run for much longer than was ideal. A closing burst once in the clear however, suggested he has started the 2022 season, and his first one as a gelding, in as good a form as he signed off 2021.
So, at 6/1 each-way, he is very much worth supporting with Bet365, Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook for 6 places.
Looking at the potential front-runners in the field, they are in stalls 3, 4 7, 9 and 21. Nomadic Empire is drawn in stall 6, and could have the perfect set-up to track those four trailblazers drawn around him, middle to far side.
Next to him in stall 5 is another horse worth an each-way bet, and that is Venturous at 14/1 each-way with Bet365, Paddy Power or Betfair Sportsbook for those lovely 6 places also.
Venturous loves to track a strong pace, as multiple wins at Newcastle would suggest, and he triumphed in that fashion over course and distance in the height of summer last year.
Venturous has been kept busy enough over the winter, with a tilt at the riches on offer at the All-Weather Championships at Newcastle on Good Friday. So it’s easy to think that he will be ready and tuned up on his return to the turf.
The cherry on the top as regards to his chance is the booking of Tom Marquand, as he is a perfect 2 from 2 on David and Nicola Barron’s sprinter, and is a jockey than can excel on this type of horse.
At 14/1 each-way, given he could also have the perfect set-up, Venturous is very much worth a second bet in the Churchill Tyres Handicap at 2.25 at York on Wednesday, alongside Nomadic Empire.
Let’s just hope Neil Callan and Tom Marquand don’t go for the same gaps!