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Smart Expects A Bold Show From Improving Moviesta At York Racecourse Tomorrow

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9:48am 14th June 2013
(Updated 9:49am 14th June 2013)

Yorkshire based trainer Bryan Smart is hoping that progressive sprinter Moviesta can land tomorrow’s £100,000 feature at York, the prestigious Macmillan Charity Sprint Trophy.

The three-year-old gelding is owned by a partnership which includes top football manager Harry Redknapp.

Moviesta has already given connections a day to remember on the Knavesmire when winning a five-furlong handicap at the Dante Festival last time out.

Smart's charge has also recorded victories at Wolverhampton and at Doncaster over Saturday’s trip of six furlongs and is likely to vie for favouritism on Saturday.

Smart said: “We are very hopeful. He has won his last two races, including at the track and goes there in very good form.

“Although it was soft last time, I feel he is better on fast ground so I hope the rain stays away.

“He gave the lads a great day at York in May and we hope he can go close again. I love having runners at York, it’s a great place to have winners.”

A maximum field of 20 will line up including a number of unexposed and progressive three-year-old sprinters.

Cosmic Chatter was third in a competitive conditions event at the Dante Festival while the Marco Botti-trained Hasopop also looks to have solid claims based on his impressive success in a similar race at Newmarket last month.

Another puzzle for punters on the Knavesmire is the second race on the card, the Ladbrokes.com Stakes, a handicap over an extended mile.

Former Lincoln Handicap winner Brae Hill is among the 14 declared runners but the likely favourite is the David O’Meara-trained Classic Colori, a winner at Musselburgh last week.

The seven-race card under rules gets under way at 2.05 with the Queen Mother’s Cup, York’s annual contest for Lady Amateur Riders. It is ended by an eighth contest in the Macmillan Charity Race, a chance for twelve intrepid amateurs to compete over nine furlongs of the Knavesmire whilst adding to the £5.5million already raised by the day for good causes.

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