Horse racing betting tips: Haggas sprinter can spark Raucous celebrations at York

Bill Esdaile
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William Haggas can leave punters cheering at York (Source: Getty)

THERE is some decent action at York tomorrow, where the highlight is the Coral Sprint Trophy (3.15pm).

This £100,000 six-furlong handicap brings the curtain down on another fantastic season on the Knavesmire but with 20 runners, finding the winner won’t be easy.

The obvious place to start is the likely favourite Spring Loaded who won the Portland Handicap at Doncaster last month in fine style.

He’s a very decent sprinter on his day, but he went up 9lbs for that win, which could be enough to stop him here.

My first selection is William Haggas’ RAUCOUS who has dropped to a career-low mark of 97.

He was heavily backed in the Wokingham when rated 105 and wasn’t disgraced in finishing eighth. After that he was fourth behind Magical Memory in a Group Three at Newbury.

Admittedly, things haven’t gone to plan since then, but he didn’t run too badly behind Ice Age at the Curragh last time, yet the handicapper dropped him an incredible 5lbs.

The ground would have been too soft for him, so a couple of dry days should leave conditions absolutely perfect here.

Haggas must always be feared at his favourite track and 18/1 with 188BET is a huge price. I’m also going to throw a few quid at AL QAHWA for David O’Meara at 10/1.

He ran a cracker to finish second behind Ice Age in the aforementioned Curragh handicap last time and has finished first and second in two visits to York.

There will be enough dig in the ground for him and his trainer won this race 12 months ago with Intisaab. Stable jockey Danny Tudhope has chosen him over Edward Lewis and he should go close.


Raucous e/w 3.15pm York

Al Qahwa e/w 3.15pm York

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