The lightly raced Spifer has the potential to be much better than his current handicap mark and makes plenty of appeal at 7/1 in the 2.00 at York.
Luca Cumani’s colt had a progressive profile after winning his maiden at Kempton last season, finishing runner-up on his handicap debut at that track before putting in two cracking efforts at Newmarket and Ascot in ultra-competitive affairs.
The son of Motivator got touched off by a head when second to Tanfeeth at headquarters where he should arguably had won had he not hung left inside the last, and then got beaten just a short-head by Barbican at Ascot after showing the same trait.
The form of that race is very strong, and despite having to race off a 3lb higher mark this afternoon (91) he remains open to bags more improvement – especially if connections can iron out his tendency to hang left at the crucial stage of his races.
Given that he has only had five races that must be a distinct possibility, and his shrewd handler has plundered races of this nature with similar types over the years.
I think he is a really smart performer in the making, and at 7/1 he looks overpriced and cracking each-way value.
Daily Sport recommended bet: 3pts each-way Spifer (7/1 Hills – BOG)