There seems to be no stopping Yorkshire-based trainer David O’Meara this season, the Irishman having long since passed the 100-winner mark for the term and still continuing to bang home the winners on a regular basis, his Chancery being a prime example after scoring in style on the third day of the York Ebor Festival, writes Elliot Slater.
O’Meara saddled three winners in all at the showcase fixture – a terrific haul by any standards – and Chancery, given a fine ride by the flying Danny Tudhope, certainly looked like a horse to follow after keeping on really strongly at the end of the mile-and-a-half Sky Bet Handicap Stakes to beat the consistent Rio’s Rosanna by a length-and-a-half, at odds of 7/1 in the racing live betting.
His York success was the third victory of the current campaign for Chancery, who scored at Haydock in July off a mark of 76 before following up on his next outing at the Knavesmire a week later under a 6lb penalty. Hit with a 13lb rise in the weights and raised to a career-high of 95, the son of Street Cry failed to make any impression ay Haydock on his subsequent start, but bounced back having been given some respite from the handicapper with his latest York success.
His latest win certainly appears to have caught the attention of punters scanning the early declarations for the prestigious Cambridgeshire Handicap at Newmarket at the end of September, a race for which O’Meara’s five-year-old was cut from 25/ to 16/1 joint-favourite in the ante-post racing betting lists with Ismail Mohammed’s Educate.
Unraced as a juvenile, Chancery is certainly making up for lost time, and in a race like the Cambridgeshire run at a terrific gallop throughout his ability to stay further than the race distance of nine furlongs will surely stand him in good stead.