The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY, Arrowtown, (1735 York), 1pt win, 13/2 generally available
Mick Easterby’s mare has the look of a classic late developer for the yard. She kept improving for distance last year and ran her lifetime best when beaten a short head over this course and distance in October. She was unlucky in running then and probably should have won and gets the chance to prove that as the winner October Storm reopposes on the same terms. Arrowtown has had a satisfactory seasonal debut and she looks ready to improve again. Last year’s runner up Graceland is a danger but is 8lbs higher without having won a race in the interim.
Line Of Reason, (1425 York), 11/1: This should be a blistering 5f, and the charge is likely to be led by the rapid El Astronaute. He could last the whole way, but equally he could just set the race up, in which case fellow low drawn Line Of Reason looks very well handicapped on a mark lower than when winning two big handicaps this time last year. His stable seems to be hitting form and this might be the right time to catch him.
Crossed Baton, (1530 York), 5/1: Our resident John Gosden expert, Andy, has reservations about favourite Roaring Lion’s stamina in a true run 10f. Instead it seems significant Gosden also runs the much more stoutly bred Crossed Baton under Frankie, and he is expected to lay down his Epsom claims by winning this.
Cape Byron, (1600 York), 7/2: Old blog favourite Baraweez must have a chance having mugged us at Chester last week after we deserted him. But this looks a tougher affair and we like Larchmont Lad, but particularly Cape Byron. High enough rated to try his hand in Meydan Group 3 recently, this is a step back down in class and a first dip into handicapping. Jockey Atzeni left it too late on our nap yesterday, but can make amends here.
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