16/1 Lyric Street too well-treated to ignore at York

Lyric Street is a fascinating contender on his first start for Jeremy Noseda in the 4.00 at York and looks overpriced at 16/1 off what looks a handy handicap mark.

The son of Hurricane Run looked a really smart prospect as a juvenile when trained by Luca Cumani and shaping with bags of promise when third behind Western Aristocrat on his debut at Newmarket before comfortably beating Wild Coco by 1 1/2 lengths at headquarters despite running green.

The runner-up in that contest went on to develop into a really useful Group winning mare who is now rated 113, and it was therefore disappointing that Lyric Street has failed to score since.

He was restricted to just two runs in 2011, the best of which saw him finish 6th of 19 to Parlour Games at York off a mark of 98, and he then joined Ed Dunlop at the beginning of last year.

The five-year-old shaped quite well on his reappearance at here after 237 days on the sidelines when finishing 9th of 15 to Easy Terms, and then put up his best effort of the season when third of 12 to Mount Athos in a listed class 1 handicap at York over 1m 6f off a mark of 93.

He tracked the leaders that day before making headway to take up the running two from home and after being headed inside the last weakened close home to be beaten just over 4 lengths.

The winner has since developed into a high class group horse rated 117, and it was a really solid effort.

The selection was then far from disgraced when fourth of 10 to Address Unknown over 2m at Ascot, before finishing a fair sixth of 13 to Sir Graham Wade at Haydock.

Although he then bombed out badly on his final start in the Cesarewitch, that 2m 2f trip that day was far from ideal and I am prepared to put a line through that effort.

He has since been dropped 4lb by the handicapper and gets into this off a career-low of 90, and that gives him a big shout at the weights on his run behind Mount Athos (off 3lb higher mark).

The switch to Noseda could also have freshened him up, and I think that today’s trip of 1m 4f could prove to be ideal.

With Ryan Moore in the saddle he makes plenty of each-way appeal at the odds on offer.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 2pts each-way Lyric Street (16/1 Coral)

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