Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 10:58 13/06/2014
York's feature race on Saturday, the Betbright Charity Sprint at 3.50, a six furlong handicap for 3-year-old's has been run under many guises over the years and has produced some quite outstanding performers, including the champion sprinters Cadeaux Genereax and Sheikh Albadou. While it is highly unlikely the 2014 renewal will produce anything to match the exploits of those two speedsters the £100k contest is sure to throw up plenty of future winners. The betting is headed by the lightly-raced Michael Appleby-trained Danzeno who is currently a best price 5-1 with several bookmakers including Bet365, Ladbrokes and Coral but a better value bet could be the David O'Meara-trained Rural Celebration, who just creeps into the 20-runner handicap off bottom weight of 8st 5lb.
The mount of 3lb claimer Julie Burke took a while to find her form as a juvenile but finished the season with a victory in a Ripon maiden auction towards the back on August under Saturday's partner and continued that improvement on her first run at three when a length and a quarter second to Money Team in a Beverley handicap last month. The daughter of Pastoral Pusuits earned a modest mark of 76 for that run but looked a vastly improved performer on her next start at Catterick when storming clear of Tango Sky under Daniel Tudhope for a comfortable success.
Brought out just a few days later under a 6lb penalty Rural Celebration, despite not getting the clearest of runs, had little trouble seeing off Heroique and Withernsea although the heavy ground hardly suited the even money favourite. A new mark of 88 hardly seems excessive for a filly who appears to be improving in leaps and bounds and at the 12-1 on offer with most firms including Bet365 with Price Promise and best OIdds Guarantee, Rural Celebration can go close to landing this valuable contest for her in-form stable.