Wednesday Yankee: Trust him, he’s a Doctor

The Daily Yankee:

NAP OF THE DAY:  Doctor Cross, (1910 Wetherby), 1pt win, 6/1 generally available 

It can be dangerous backing a maiden, but Doctor Cross has been campaigned like a good horse by his leading Yorkshire yard, with a lightly raced 3yo campaign finishing with decent runs at Beverley and Newmarket.  He opened this season with a good effort at Haydock, and his 6th of 17 last time at York came in a race that promises to be a leading early season form line.  Wetherby is a step down in class and he can show his ability in this company.

Sir Roderic, (1830 Kempton), 7/2:  won 5 times in 2016 rising to a rating of 97.  Suffered for that mark running in better races in a 12 race blank campaign in 2017, and has been shown massive generosity in slipping back to a mark of just 72.  He showed a revival when 3rd of 20 at York last time and ran well enough on all weather debut here before that.  He is 7lbs lower that that course run, with 5 more pounds claimed by the excellent Jason Watson.  The yard is in form and he can deliver.

Ice Slice, (1940 Wetherby), 7/1:  was also prolific in 2016, winning off a mark of 91 and placing at York off 94.  Last season was a write off with poor stable form reflected in this fella.  The yard is now showing good early form with older handicappers (22% strike rate), and off 82 here with a further 5lbs being claimed, he need only pick up some of that revival spirit to go very close from a favourable draw.

Racehorse, (2110 Wetherby), 10/1:  Hughie Morrison’s very literal named filly is a bit of a punt in Wetherby’s closer.  Warm favourite Straight Ash will have tactical issues from a wide draw.  Racehorse has box 1, and has shown enough in never nearer efforts at Bath and Brighton to suggest she can improve and that a mark of 55 could be generous once she hits her stride.  Market support would be significant for this yard.

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