Sunday race tips in York: Michael Dods duo dominate in Yorkshire

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Here’s a short list of our picks from York.

Walbank (York 4 p.m.)

Azure (York 16.35)

Dakota Gold (York 17.35)

17.35 York – Dakota Gold

Dakota Gold looked back on his best last week in York and can extend his stellar record at the Knavesmire by winning the Sky Bet Sunday Series Sprint Handicap.

The Michael Dods-trained eight-year-old currently shares the record for most race wins with Copper Knight and Stradivarius, but he can claim the title for himself by continuing his impressive display at the Dante meeting.

While in the past he was effective over both five and six furlongs, now as he ages he seems to be more effective over the longer journey.

However, what his last win proved was that he is no longer as dependent on the ground as he once was as things moved pretty fast 11 days ago.

He’s weighed 4lbs to a mark of 102 but he was competitively higher than that at the end of last season and is clearly arriving in great shape.

16.35 York – Azure Blue

It could be a good afternoon for Dods as his Azure Blue looks set to begin life as a three-year-old with a mild rating in the Sky Bet Sunday Series Dash Handicap.

She had gotten on well with three girls in the second half of last summer before opening her all-weather account in Newcastle in November.

That little break to get stronger obviously did her good and the handicapper gave her a 78 mark.

Dods knows the time of day, especially when it comes to sprinters, and he wouldn’t put her in a race as competitive as this one if he didn’t think she was capable of being involved.

16.00 York – Walbank

You would have made a tasty profit this season by backing the two year olds of Amo Racing and their colors could once again be worn to success by Walbank in the Sky Bet Sunday Series EBF Novice Stakes.

This Kodiac son was not cheap at 525,000 guineas, especially when you consider that he is the first foal of the mother, No Lippy, but she was a precocious type herself.

The day’s winner, Charlie Appleby’s Noble Style, is second on his Ascot debut and is already one of the favorites for the Royal Ascot youth competitions, so the experience Walbank gained against him would serve him well.

Trainer David Loughnane has another handsome bunch of youngsters and don’t be surprised if this one would be among the best.

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