Frazzled looks at the Apollobet Handicap at Sandown on Thursday and believes that Richard of Yorke could be a well treated horse based on his first time out win at Windsor.
There are any number of interesting horse in this Sandown handicap and it promises to be a competitive betting affair on what is always an informative night of racing. Last year's renewal was won by Elite Army, who went on to win at the Royal meeting and it would not be a surprise to see some of this field contend in some of the bigger handicaps next month at Ascot.
The horse however that is of easily the most interest here is the Luca Cumani trained Richard of Yorke. It is a fact that the stable's horses improve significantly for their first experience on a race track and the trainer also seems to make a habit of putting up some of his inexperienced jockeys on these horses, to provide both horse and rider with much needed experience. Lemos De Souza seems to get the majority of these type of rides, which is not surprising given that Gianluca Sanna looked poor on the horses that he rode for the yard last year. It is fair to say that De Souza is better, but still has plenty to learn and is certainly weak in a finish.
De Souza was on board Richard of York when he made his debut at Windsor towards the end of April and while his mount broke well, he did run green through the early stages of the race. He was still green to begin with when asked for his effort, but he began to get the hang of things in the final couple of furlongs and when a gap appeared, he burst through this to win quite impressively. Once again there was not a huge amount of assistance from the saddle, but the horse had loads in hand and I think he was providing his inexperienced rider with his first winner under rules.
The form received a big boost today when Wonder Laish hacked up at Lingfield and Wonder Laish had enjoyed the run of the race in that Windsor contest. Therefore to pick up a clearly useful animal in the style that he did marks Richard of Yorke down as a potentially very useful prospect for the summer months.
He is by Oasis Dream out of a full sister to St Nicholas Abbey and this stiff 10 furlong trip looks to be perfect for him at this stage, given the way he finished out his race last time. While some of the others that were behind Wonder Laish have done little for the form since, the style of victory as much of the substance suggests that Richard of Yorke is a horse that could be much better than his initial rating of 85 and with Adam Kirby now in the plate, we would be hopeful of seeing a polished display in this contest. The stable continues in good form and despite the presence of a number of horses that should improve for the step up in trip for their handicap debuts, we have to be a backer at
Duretto might be one to monitor for the future, as he has a pedigree which suggests that he will be even better over 12 furlongs and a promising display over this trip should be noted for future reference.
2 points win Richard of Yorke at 6/1 with William Hill and BetVictor