York’s opening race on Friday, the Sky Bet Transfer Fund Stakes, was won 12 month’s ago by the David O’Meara-trained Chancery and the mount of Daniel Tudhope is fancied to complete the double on the Knavesmire at the 9-1 available with Paddy Power although the six-year-old was advised in our Betting Guide for the third day of the meeting at 11-1 with Irish firm Paddy Power.
Only 3lb higher than when beating Rio’s Rosanna by a comfortable length and a quarter in last year’s race the son of Street Cry has been highly tried of late particularly when going down by just over a length when third to Sheikhzayedroad and Gatewood in a Newmarket Listed contest before running with a great deal of credit in York’s valuable 55th John Smith’s Cup. In a race that was dictated by those up with the pace Chancery was one of only two horses to make significant ground from the back and did extremely well to finish fifth beaten a little over four lengths by the winner Farraaj.
On his next start Chancery was unsuited with the way the race was run when last of seven behind hot Ebor favourite Pallasator at Ascot and despite finishing unplaced on his most recent start at Haydock ran much better than his position would suggest but back on a course that clearly suits is expected to put up a bold effort to repeat last year’s success. In this 20-runner handicap there are sure to be plenty of dangers the most feared being top weight Salutation (25-1 with Sky Bet who are going 5 places) who would have a big chance if reproducing his form in valuable handicaps at Royal Ascot and Goodwood this season.