Labarinto will relish the step back up in trip in the 1.30 at York and rates the best bet on the card at 8/1.
Sir Michael Stoute’s gelding could never get competitive on his return to action in the Spring Cup at Newbury, where he finished a never nearer 12th of 22 to Captain Bertie.
However he was never going to be at his best over the mile trip that day, and he is now running over his optimum distance of 1m 2f.
The four-year-old, who is sure to sure to strip fitter today, developed into a useful handicapper last season and his current mark of 87 looks exploitable if carrying on the progression.
He finished an excellent 3/4 length runner-up to the classy Al Kazeem in the London Gold Cup at Newbury, and the winner has developed into a Group performer and is now rated 117 after impressively landing the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes on his return to action at Newmarket at the beginning of the month.
The selection then went on to enjoy his finest hour when coming with a surging late run to land a competitive handicap at Glorious Goodwood off a mark of 93 over today’s trip, and although he flopped on his final start last season he was ridden far too aggressively by Richard Hughes and a line can safely be put through that effort.
He is at his best when coming from off the pace with a late run, and with Ryan Moore who gets on extremely well with him in the saddle and his stable in flying form a huge run looks on the cards.
The race should be run to suit with plenty of pace to chase, and he also has proven form with cut in the ground.
Granted luck in running I think he is the one they all have to beat.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 4pts each-way Labarinto (8/1 Hills – BOG)