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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