Gale Force Mayaa wins Sky Bet Dash

Breaking news from this afternoon’s meeting in York where Gale Force Maya won the Sky Bet Dash.

The force arrives in the thriller Dash

The well supported Mayan Gale Force emerged victorious in a thrilling Sky Bet Dash finish.

A 7/1 selection for our Punting Pointers team on Saturday morning, the six-year-old returned 9/2 and showed tremendous resolve to claim the prized pot.

Connor Beasley pushed her forward as she entered the final furrow and while Lucky Man (14/1) led the stragglers in pursuit, she still held her own.

Down the line, the winner had a neck to spare on her nearest pursuer with Ghathanfar (14/1) and Hyperfocus (16/1) filling out the minor leaderboards.

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Winning trainer Michael Dods will now be looking to win a Listed with Gale Force Maya.

“She likes her own space, but I was wondering if we were rolling her back a bit quickly because we only ran her two weeks ago,” Dods said. “We did very little with her this week. With the heat on Monday and Tuesday, we left her alone.

“I think it’s probably over for handicaps now, she’ll be out of it and we’ll be back in the Listeds – there’s one in Pontefract for her (Flying Fillies’ Stakes on August 14). They went really fast early on and I thought she was in trouble at two and a half. He just managed to find some room for her and when he asked her, she came fine.

“When she gets to the front, she doesn’t want to be overtaken and she loves it here. It was going to be her last year, but if she keeps racing like this, she could race for another year.

England Deliver Nunthorpe Glory

Jonathan England earned the bragging rights of the weigh-in room when Birkenhead (25/1) led home a brace from Paul Midgley in the Sky Bet ‘Jump Jockeys’ Nunthorpe’ handicap.

Facing a furlong out, the five-year-old fought tenaciously to fend off the new challenge from stable mate Leodis Dream (16/1) and win a neck.

La Roca Del Fuego continued the theme of dominating big-money horses by snatching third place at 28/1, just a neckline behind.

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“It was very nice. I rode there last year for Paul, but I didn’t have much luck (last of 10),” England said. he had a good chance and as it turned out he did, he won very easily. It’s a lot of fun up front and when we all get to the start nobody really knows what they’re doing. It’s just nice to be a part of that in York, it’s a privilege to have a winner here.

Midgley said: “Coming into the race I was leaning towards Leodis, followed shortly by Indian (Sounds, eighth) with the other three having chances. I always like to have runners in there, it’s a great race for the jumping boys as they can go really fast for a short time. Everyone wants to ride in York but not everyone has the chance to do so.


Review of the rest of York

by Kevin Ryan Catch the rice (5/4 favorite) looks set to move up the ranks after easily passing their rivals in the Sky Bet In Running Racing Nursery Handicap.

He holds an entry into the Gimcrack at the Ebor meeting, but connections may decide to wait before taking such a rank up.

Ryan’s son Adam said: “He’s a good horse. He has such a great attitude and does everything right, he’s so laid back.

“He still has a long way to go and he will be a good horse next year, so what he is doing now is a bonus.

“He’s in the Gimcrack but he could opt for the valuable nursery at the Ebor meeting which is 0-100 so he has options.”

The formation of Phil Kirby Force a red found new life aged seven and scored a quick hat-trick in Sky Bet UK Handicap’s No.1 betting app.

Wins at Musselburgh and Redcar were followed up in impressive fashion with an eight-length success at the hands of Jason Watson.

“He was consistent in his youth, but then he went seriously off track,” Kirby said.

“We bought him from Paul Nicholls and there is a chance he could go back to hurdles now because he could be handicapped quite a bit. He’s also schooled on the fences, so that’s also an option.

by Martin Todhunter Molinari (11/2) followed a recent Beverley victory and took the step up to a mile and a half with aplomb in the Sky Bet partnership with Support Dogs Handicap for David Nolan.


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