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The Daily Yankee:

NAP OF THE DAY:  Line Of Reason, (1245 Ascot), 2pts Win, 17/2 BetVictor

Trainer Paul Midgley is adept at peaking these older sprinters.  Line Of Reason showed signs of his best in a fine recent run at the Curragh, and then crushed his rivals at Ayr on Monday.  Penalised to a mark of 97, that is still lower than winning marks in each of his last four seasons.  Likely to be held up, he has pace to aim at from Copper Knight next door, and can prove to have enough still in hand to beat the super consistent Major Jumbo.

Gilgamesh, (1340 Newmarket), 9/2:  that looks a short price for a race like the Bunbury Cup, but these historic handicaps are getting increasingly stuffed with high-weight/low-form horses and consequently vulnerable to a form horse.  We were on Gilgamesh when he ran a fine  fast finishing 7th over 6f at Royal Ascot.  All his best form is at this trip and he goes sweetly for today’s pilot William Buick.

Curiosity, (1520 Newmarket), 4/1:  has run two blinders as a 3yo, with a runner up slot in the Britannia at Royal Ascot last time out.  Considering he beat 28 lightly raced 3yos and only failed to catch an enterprising ridden winner, the subsequent 3lb rise is very acceptable.  Market rivals Ibraz and Argentello have each gone up 7lbs for beating 10 and 6 rivals respectively in weaker races.

Dash Of Spice, (1540 York), 4/1:  for the Bunbury Cup read the Magnet Cup.  This also looks vulnerable to the form horse and as an early closing race, Dash Of Spice gets in 4lbs well in with just a fixed penalty for his Royal Ascot romp.  He has looked seriously progressive and with 4yos effectively rated out of this race, he is the young talent on display.

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