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Talking Horses: best bets for day one of York’s Dante meeting | Sport

Today’s best bets, by Chris Cook

Well, I’m annoyed. It’s encouraging, up to a point, when the betting market sees a case for a horse you fancy but you can have too much of this ‘encouragement’. In witness whereof, see Repercussion (2.20), today’s nap, who was 25-1 in places when betting opened for York’s opener but is now no bigger than 9-1 and I’m still not on and neither are you.

Oh well, I still like his chance, though I didn’t imagine he’d be second-favourite when my pin lighted on him. He’s trained by Charlie Fellowes, who wouldn’t be the highest profile trainer in Newmarket but he might be the hottest, having won with his last four runners, including a 33-1 shot in a 16-runner handicap at Ascot. For what it’s worth, the Post’s Newmarket guy has also tipped Repercussion, despite having runners trained by Palmer, Varian, Haggas, Appleby and Simcock to choose from in the race.

Repercussion was with Andre Fabre last year, winning a Clairefontaine maiden and generally running well without making much of a mark. He’s bred to be good, two siblings having won Group Ones while a third was placed at that level. He’s lightly raced and should still have plenty to offer as a four-year-old.

Fellowes stuck a hood on him for a handicap at the Craven meeting, when he was a running-on sixth over a mile. Today’s extra quarter-mile on a softer surface ought to help and his mark looks beatable if everything falls right.

Richard Fahey has a couple of interesting 14-1 shots in other handicaps. George Bowen (2.55), who won Newmarket’s race for greys a couple of years ago, has taken an age to come back down the handicap but is on a beatable mark once more and a first-time hood could help. Starlight Romance (4.35) overcame trouble in running to score on her handicap debut last time and I reckon she has plenty more to offer this year.

Silvestre de Sousa could have a good day at Yarmouth, notably on the ex-Ballydoyle Sean O’Casey (2.10), who is 15-8 to get off the mark at the first attempt for Michael Appleby, having been gelded over the winter.

Wednesday racing tips

Repercussion (nap) 2.55 George Bowen 3.30 Brando 4.05 Shutter Speed 4.35 Starlight Romance 5.05 The Right Choice 5.35 Richie McCaw

Deciding Vote 2.10 Sean O’Casey 2.45 Young Tom 3.20 Fashaak 3.50 Athollblair Boy 4.25 Robin’s Purse 4.55 Swilly Sunset 5.25 Frank’s Legacy

Definitly Grey 2.30 The Way You Dance 3.05 You’re A Lady 3.40 Theatre Rouge 4.15 Follow The Bear 4.45 Muffins For Tea (nb) 5.15 Broken Quest

Fethiye Boy 5.55 Park Paddocks 6.25 Attain 6.55 Star Of Lombardy 7.25 Sabato 7.55 Go Amber Go 8.25 Viola Park

Just Before Dawn 6.35 Clan Chief 7.05 A Montmartre 7.35 Resolute Reformer 8.05 Bhakti 8.35 Jester Jet 9.05 Creevytennant

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