York Friday Tips: Best bets for the four ITV races

With four more live ITV races to bet on at York on Friday - and some free bets up for grabs - it could pay to heed the advice of Planet Sport experts in the hope of making a profit.

Let's start with those free bets, courtesy of Planet Sport Bet's 'Neck & Neck' offer, which works like this.

Get up to £20 back as a free bet if your horse places second and is beaten by a neck or less - applies to ALL LIVE ITV RACES!

Backers of Atomic Lady and Magical Morning - beaten a neck and a head respectively here on Thursday - will be feeling thankful of that concession.


1.50 York - Wink Of An Eye

2.25 York - Spanish Mission

3.00 York - Orazio

3.35 York - Winter Power

1.50 York - Wink Of An Eye

There's plenty of exposed handicappers amongst the 20 set to go to post for this 1m4f handicap, which makes the two improving three-year-olds in the line up - State Of Bliss and Wink Of An Eye - all the more appealing.

There wasn't much between the pair when they clashed at the Goodwood Festival, where the latter prevailed by a neck, and the runner-up has since gone one better on Shergar Cup day.

It should be close between them here too but the suspicion is that Wink Of An Eye is still one step ahead of the handicapper, given that he keeps finding and just does enough to win, in which case he can complete a five-timer.

Further encouragement for that can be gleaned from the red-hot form of his trainer William Haggas 15 winners from 47 runners (32%) at the time of writing.

William Haggas has his team in flying form
William Haggas has his team in flying form

The extra furlong of today's race shouldn't be a problem either - he had an entry in Saturday's Melrose over 1m6f, so his trainer must think he stays at least this far.

2.00 York - Trueshan

Just the five runners and they are headed by Goodwood Cup winner Trueshan (NON-RUNNER), who appreciated the soft conditions on the Sussex Downs better than most to win going away under Hollie Doyle.

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The prospect of a faster surface here is a concern for Alan King's charge but he might not be as ground dependant as some believe, and a couple of wins on good ground are evidence of that.

Clearly at the peak of his powers, he can see off main market rival Stradivarius, who has been a brilliant servant for connections, amassing 16 wins which include four Ascot Gold Cups.

Only fourth in this year's renewal of that race - might have been second with a clearer run - it appears that his star is on the wane at the age of seven and. while he'd be a hugely popular winner, he might struggle to cope with his younger rival even in receipt of 3lb.

This is no two-horse race and Spanish Mission, who finished one place ahead of Stradivarius at Ascot, is greatly feared. Indeed, we'd consider jumping ship to him if the ground were to dry out even further.

3.00 York - Orazio

Richard Hannon's Lusail heads the betting for the 6f Gimcrack Stakes as he goes in pursuit of what would be a fourth from five starts, and it's hard to argue with that.

Certainly the form of his Group 2 success at Newmarket now looks very good indeed, with the second and fourth, Asymmetric and Ebro River winning Group races since, while the third Sam Maximus was only beaten a length in a French Group 3 on his next start.

But both him and main market rival Berkshire Shadow, who lost his unbeaten record at Goodwood last time on ground too soft for him, have to shoulder 3lb penalties.

Either might be good enough to shrug that off, but a fair few of their rivals have the potential to improve on what they have shown so far and rate higher.

One such horse is Charlie Hills' Orazio, a comfortable winner at Windsor on his debut and who had excuses for his subsequent defeat as favourite at Newbury, having been bumped at the start and finishing with a cut below his left fore knee.

A 215,000GPB purchase as a yearling, he surely has more to offer and is evidently highly regarded judging by a raft of Group entries later in the season, including the Group 1 Dewhurst.

He's an each-way price too with the penalised pair taking a big chunk out of the market, and he should give us a good run for our money with William Buick doing the pushing.

York 3.35 - Winter Power

We pinned our colours to the mast of Winter Power ante post and there's no reason to desert her now, with the two horses preferred in the betting, Suesa and Golden Pal, eminently beatable.

The former horse is unraced on good or faster, while Wesley Ward's sprinter has raced just once this year - a penalty kick at Saratoga - and couldn't beat the 106-rated The Lir Jet the last time he raced in a straight line on turf.

Tim Easterby's flying three-year-old filly is getting a sex allowance from that pair, but there's far more to like about her chances than that, most notably the speed she showed in winning twice over track and trip this term.

A smart juvenile last season, she has taken her form to another level at three and, while another personal best is required here, she's clearly very much at home over this fast 5f.

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If there's a niggling doubt it's her propensity to run a little too free, which cost her any chance in Ascot's King's Stand, and she'll have competition at the head of affairs with Golden Pal likely to bounce out in front under Frankie Dettori.

However, Silvestre De Sousa, who won on her back in May, is back in the saddle and he can hopefully get the fractions right this afternoon to land us a nice payday.

Winter Power sizzles on the Knavesmire
Winter Power sizzles on the Knavesmire

With so much pace at the front end of the race, there's scope for a closer to grab one of the places and Moss Gill, who kept on strongly into second behind Winter Power last time, looks a likely candidate.

He's worth a small saver at juicy odds.

The final word concerns the sole two-year-old representative, Chipotle, who has been backed into 12/1 with Planet Sport Bet, having been as big as 66/1 earlier in the week.

Getting stacks of weight from the older brigade, he has to be respected and especially on the form he showed in winning the Windsor Castle at Royal Ascot. His presence adds even further spice to the mix for what is a fascinating contest.

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