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Dave Nevison

Koditime has plenty going for him

19 May 2017

York has been pretty much a bloodbath for punters this week because of the abrupt end to the dry spell and it is probably best to keep things pretty small this Saturday.

One I am going to make an exception for, however, is the Clive Cox-trained two-year-old Koditime. This one was impressive first time up and there are so many statistical pointers for it.

Being by Kodiac, who I believe is just about the best sire for juveniles in the first half of the season, is an obvious plus but when checking going requirements of that horse’s progeny I was quite surprised to see that soft ground was not a negative by any means.

I usually let Clive Cox’s two-year-olds slide first time as the trainer is not always bothered about having them fully wound up on debut and several improve greatly for a run.

If Koditime follows that pattern he is a very good horse and should follow up.

Andrew Balding has been in cracking form this spring and has had a good Dante meeting.

His horses generally cope well with softish ground and Mucho Applause showed he can handle such conditions last season.

Jockey Oisin Murphy is currently riding with terrific verve, though to be fair this combination have been good for punters from the off.

The London Gold cup is a key handicap for three-year-olds and there will be several future winners come out of this, but some will not enjoy the conditions and Mucho Applause has very positive credentials.

It is a case of stating subject the obvious in the Lockinge. Ribchester has won at Newbury on soft ground and has progressed into a top class animal.

He is much better proven in the conditions than regular rival Galileo Gold and at around 7-4 he is a good horse in a good race and therefore, in my view, a good bet.

Dave Nevison’s Saturday selections:

2.55 Newbury: Mucho Applause at 9-2 with Bet365

3.30 Newbury: Ribchester at 13-8 generally available

4.05 Newbury: Koditime (nap) 

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