The Cheka Is Value Call
The Cheka Is Value Call
By Simon Holt

The Cheka (R)

2pts The Cheka at best morning price 1500 York. Beat Mayson on reappearance and unexposed at trip.

The Duke Of York totepool Stakes is the feature race on the opening day of the Dante Festival and Mayson is bidding to complete a hat-trick for trainer Richard Fahey.

He’s been much improved of late, showing a smart turn of foot to win the Abernant and Palace House Stakes at Newmarket over six and five furlongs respectively.

On those pieces of form he’s a leading player here having beaten Definightly last time and he reopposes on the same terms here. Mayson is progressing but the one concern I have is that he’s coming into this race off the back of three relatively quick runs.

Also on his reappearance he finished third behind The Cheka at Doncaster and that rival is a very interesting runner here. I like horses who drop back in distance and that’s happened here with Eve Johnson-Houghton’s charge who was a good winner of the Cammidge Trophy back at this trip for the first time.

He could well improve a good deal further at this distance and at the odds he looks a bit of value.

Hoof It and Society Rock are two obvious dangers being proven at the highest level. The former was very progressive last season and won the Stewards’ Cup. He finished third in the Group One Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on his final start, looking a little unlucky.

However all his best form is on good or faster ground and I just wonder whether the potentially sticky surface at York is going to be ideal for Hoof If for all that he goes well at the track.

Society Rock on the other hand is one who does go on soft ground. He’s a high class sprinter at his best, having won the Golden Jubilee as well as finishing second to Moonlight Cloud in the Prix Maurice’de Gheest. However he disappointed on his final two starts and needs to bounce back to his best here.

Those seem to be the leading players although you can give something of a chance to Restiadargent who was fourth over seven furlongs first time out in the Prix Imprudence and will be suited by this drop in distance and the going conditions.

However I’m sticking with The Cheka who could be the value bet after that reappearance win.

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