Wednesday Yankee: Zee best bet at York..

The Daily Yankee:

NAP OF THE DAY: Zeelander, (1735 York), 1pt win, 3/1 generally available 

Trainer Roger Varian loves to target these handicaps with a lightly raced improver. He has that here with 4yo Zeelander who landed his handicap debut at Windsor last October. He only looked like he knew what he was doing late on that day and gave the impression there is a ton of improvement to come. This is a stiff ask on debut this year but surely indicates both Varian’s confidence and ambitions as he would need a good win here to be eligible for Ascot. Jockey Atzeni is always a welcome presence in the saddle.

Gin In The Inn, (1455 York), 10/1:  Market leader Orion’s Bow is a horse we’ve tipped a few times, his day will come but at York in two runs he has beaten 3 of 34 runners rivals and this track may not suit. Local big gun Fahey runs a good looking squad here and stable jock Hanaghan has picked Gin In The Inn hot off a good win on seasonal debut.  He runs near the pace which suits here and looks a fair price in a race where 6f at York doesn’t look likely to suit too many.

Harry Angel (1530 York) 10/11:  Not often we see value in an odds on shot, but Harry is potentially a world class sprinter.  He has something to find with Tasleet on Autumn form, but nothing to find on his blitzing fast ground July Cup form.  Has every right to be much better again as a 4yo and although runner up on both debuts to date, it would be a surprise if he didn’t go one better here.  A banker that adds balance to the Yankee ticket today.

Excellent Times, (1635 York), 10/1:  Tim Easterby is a local trainer who often gets a winner at this meeting.  His filly here Excellent Time progressed nicely in a busy 2yo campaign.  She may be a little more exposed than some here, but after a 5f comeback she ran a race of promise at Chester when a little unlucky to say the least. This speedy 7f may be ideal, she has a nice draw, and can land this for the locals.

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