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Macmillan Charity Handicap Preview and Betting Tips – York 17/06/2017

The feature race at York on Saturday is the £100,000 Macmillan Charity Sprint for three-year-olds over six furlongs.

Fahey doubly represented in Macmillan

A large field of eighteen is set to go to post for the race which is due off at 3.30. Richard Fahey saddles both the top and bottom weights here in Private Matter and The Wagon Wheel. Paul Hanagan rides the top weight who was a Listed winner as a juvenile. He has been gelded since but not shown a great deal in races at Newmarket and Newbury.

The Wagon Wheel has also lost her form since finishing third to Wick Powell at Redcar in October. Fahey tries her in a pair of blinkers in the Macmillan Charity sprint with Joey Haynes booked for the ride.

The ante-post favourite is Roger Varian’s Ekhtiyaar, a colt by Bated Breath out of a mare by Giant’s Causeway. He overcame trouble in running to beat Poet’s Princess by a head at Newmarket last month. He is up 5lbs with Jim Crowley in the saddle and will start from stall eleven.

Carlton Frankie chases four-timer in Macmillan sprint

Drawn alongside in twelve is the prolific Carlton Frankie, trained by Mick Easterby. She is chasing a fourth consecutive victory after success at York, Redcar and Nottingham. The daughter of Equiano likes to race up with the pace but has gone up 8lbs since her latest win. Easterby has booked Nathan Evans to reduce the burden by 3lbs with his claim.

Silvestre de Sousa rides Danielsflyer for David Barron, a colt by Dandy Man. He bounced back to form when beating Eqtiraan at Newmarket last month. He started at 25-1 that day but De Sousa was able to ease him down in the final strides. Danielsflyer was value for more than the half a length winning margin but has gone up 8lbs in the weights.

Munro was narrowly beaten by Zamjar at Chester last time out. Ralph Beckett’s colt may well have got up to win but for being hampered in the short home straight. He is only 1lb higher at York and looks a serious contender with PJ McDonald in the saddle. Bookmakers are divided on the chances of Perfect Angel with odds ranging between 8 and 14-1. She was a high class juvenile and was not disgraced on her seasonal reappearance at Newbury.

Wahash is dropping down from seven furlongs for Richard Hannon after a good run at Epsom. Golden Apollo bolted up at Pontefract last time and isn’t out of it under a penalty from stall one.

York Betting Tips 17/06/2017

3.30 Macmillan Charity Handicap

Munro @11.0 Sportsbet

Golden Apollo @11.0 Sportsbet

Each-way ¼ odds, 1,2,3,4

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