York betting tips: Dave Dexter and Flying Pursuit fancied at final meeting of season

Horsebetting.com provide punters with York betting tips for October 13. In the Listed 6f Rockingham Stakes, in-form Dave Dexter rates our NAP of this seven-race card on the Knavesmire. Meanwhile, Flying Pursuit looks a solid each-way wager and next best bet in the feature Coral Sprint Trophy over the same course and distance. My Lord And Master is another each-way bet to consider in the extended 1m 2f handicap that opens proceedings. For further details, read our detailed preview and York betting tips for October 13.

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Dave Dexter ready for hat-trick bid in Rockingham

Forecast rain has the potential to change the going on the Knavesmire at York, so that can play into the hands of Dave Dexter as he seeks a third career win on ground slower than good in the Listed 6f Rockingham Stakes for juveniles at the track on Saturday (14:40). Trained by the in-form Ralph Beckett, this colt steps back up to this distance after landing consecutive victories over the minimum trip.

A winner over the flying 5f with some cut underfoot on debut at Newbury, Dave Dexter then couldn’t reach the front pair on a sounder surface when a 1 3/4 lengths third to the useful Blown By Wind at Ascot next time up. Connections then sent him to tackle 6f for the first time in a hot conditions contest that perhaps came too soon.

Dave Dexter held every chance after being ridden and making headway from before two out, but just didn’t have any extra inside the final furlong and was beaten 4 1/4 lengths by The Irish Rover. That Aidan O’Brien trained inmate has since ran superbly at the highest level to finish a length third to Advertise in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at The Curragh.

The form of this Newbury conditions race also has a strong look to it, as the other three horses that finished in front of Dave Dexter have all come out and won at least once since. He was then unlucky to lose third right on the line on his all-weather debut at Chelmsford, but finally resumed winning ways when dropped back to 5f on soft ground in a Chester nursery handicap.

Running on in the final furlong to lead 75 yards from home, Dave Dexter was also doing enough near the finish and value for more than the winning margin of a head. Connections then decided to pitch him into Listed company for the first time and he went in again, scoring by a neck in the Harry Rosebery Stakes during the Ayr Gold Cup meeting.

After being held-up, Dave Dexter made headway before the furlong marker and came with a sustained run to head the highly-regarded and re-opposing Vintage Brut close home. That one has been highly tried but, although 3lb better off at the weights, lacked the stamina to challenge over this trip at Redcar in the Two-Year-Old Trophy last time out.

Dave Dexter, meanwhile, has been saved for this; so, with the forecast rain a clear plus, his trainer in-form and Richard Kingscote (who partnered him on debut) back in the saddle, a serious bid to land the hat-trick looks assured. It’s for those reasons that he rates our NAP among the York betting tips for October 13.

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Flying Pursuit has Coral Sprint Trophy claims

The feature race on the card is the 6f Coral Sprint Trophy Handicap (15:15), and Yorkshire trainer Tim Easterby saddles three in search of the spoils. Although Golden Apollo is not without merit at larger odds, the preference of his trio here is for Flying Pursuit, who was a game winner over course and distance in July and third in the race last year.

This five-year-old gelding clearly loves racing on the Knavesmire, but needs cut in the ground to be seen to best effect. Flying Pursuit tends to run prominently and, although the handicapper had his say when winning the same race for the second year running over the summer, his current mark is actually 1lb lower than when beaten just two lengths by the re-opposing Terentum Star in this 12 months ago.

A mark of 100 is not beyond Flying Pursuit, who chased home the dead-heating duo Son Of Rest and Baron Bolt in the Ayr Gold Cup on bottomless ground last time out. There are plenty re-opposing sorts here that finished in-behind from that Heritage Handicap in Scotland who need to do more.

As Flying Pursuit always goes well for regular rider Rachel Richardson and has a decent record at the venue, his claims of being involved in the finish of the Coral Sprint Trophy are obvious. He is therefore our next best bet among these York betting tips for October 13 but, in a typically competitive renewal, our recommendation is to back him each-way.

My Lord And Master overpriced and each-way value

Trainer William Haggas and jockey Danny Tudhope are a potent combination at present, with handler and rider both operating in and around a 25 per cent strike at the time of writing. That makes My Lord And Master look overpriced, especially if treated on the pick of his form, and worth an each-way punt for the extended 1m 2f handicap that proceedings underway (14:05).

This three-year-old colt is a son of Mastercraftsman who defeated very handy stablemate Young Rascal on his second start as a juvenile when making all and bolting up by six lengths. Given the runner-up has gone on to score twice at Group 3 level and be seventh in The Derby at Epsom this season, that gives the form a strong look in the context of this lower class race.

My Lord And Master was desperately unlucky not to get some black type himself on reappearance at Epsom in April, when sticking to the task well and gaining hand over fist in the final 50 yards but just denied a head by the front-running Crossed Baton in the Listed 1m 2f Blue Riband Trial. The winner has since been runner-up in a Group 3 at Royal Ascot and a Group 2 in France.

Although then outclassed by subsequent Irish Derby second Rostropovich in another Listed affair at Chester, My Lord And Master stayed on to chase him home. Connections then pitched him into Group 3 company and tried 1m 4f for the first time over in France, but he lost his position two out which suggested he didn’t really get it.

My Lord And Master was then given a break to freshen up, but ran below par when back in action at Newbury last month. Although beaten 7 1/2 lengths and finishing eighth, well behind the re-opposing Mountain Angel, who was an unlucky second, and the fifth home Exhort, My Lord And Master is now 6lb and 7lb better off at the weights with those two.

That swing gives him considerable claims from a handicapping perspective of reversing the form, or at the very least giving a better account of himself and making the frame. On the pick of his form he looks too big at the odds on offer, so My Lord And Master is another each-way bet to consider as the season draws to a close at York.

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