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14-1 Chancery can bounce back for in-form O'Meara.

FOR about five years York has been the most unpredictable track in Britain, but that has been mainly due to soft ground that has plagued the course over that period. With the return of fast going recently the Knavesmire has been showing all its old characteristics of suiting pace horses and there has also been no indication that jockeys are keen to swing wide up the home straight.

That hasn't made finding winners any easier, but at least every horse has had a fair shot this week and in the opening Sky Bet Handicap (1.55) it could be worth taking a chance on Chancery bouncing back to form for David O'Meara.

Two starts ago he ran out an extremely impressive winner of a 1m21/2f handicap at the track. That wasn't the best race ever run at York, but the time was good and if he hadn't run below par at Haydock next time Chancery would be vying for favouritism this afternoon.

O'Meara had two winners at the meeting yesterday and nearly all his horses seem to go well at York, so it's possible Chancery could return to his previous form. In any case, I don't think he ran as badly as it appeared last time as he never really saw daylight and that track is a hard one at which to make up ground. All things considered, it's probably best to draw a line through that run.

The improving Winterlude is obviously a huge danger with the step up in trip likely to bring about more improvement, while top-weight Gospel Choir has a massive chance on the best of his three-year-old form.

This has been a good race for Sir Michael Stoute over the years and any money for the long-absent Gospel Choir would be significant.

Castilo Del Diablo is likely to see plenty of market support with his recent all-weather second working out so well, but I wonder whether this will be his type of track and he will also need plenty of luck in running from his low draw.

It looks hard to pick out the value in the Nunthorpe Stakes (3.40) with all the obvious contenders at the head of the market.

There is nothing much between the likes of Shea Shea, Sole Power, Moviesta and Swiss Spirit on form and the likelihood is that one of them will win. It will all depend on Today's bets Chancery 1.55 York 14-1 generally Red Avenger 3.05 York 1pt win at 14-1 generally Spirit Quartz 3.40 York 1pt win at 25-1 generally
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
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Date:Aug 23, 2013
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