Derby Yankee: Grand old Duke…

OK, so no Derby tip in our Yankee.  We suspect Aidan O’Brian will collect but with which one?  Broome looks likely, but we may have a small each way tickle on Norway.  Thankfully there are big options elsewhere….

The Derby Yankee:

NAP OF THE DAY: Duke Of Firenze, (1545 Epsom), 2pts win, 8/1:

We were very keen on Eeh Bah Gum at York last week when he was a bit unlucky. We’d fancy him here but there is a question mark about the course. No such doubts for veteran winner of that York race Duke Of Firenze. He is only 4lbs higher for that smooth win, and he loves this track, and has an optimal high draw.

The Trader, (1400 Epsom), 5/1:  trainer Mark Johnston often targets this race and he again arrives with three good chances. The Trader ran well in one of the hottest 3yo handicaps this season and looks set to benefit from a trademark De Sousa aggressive ride.  That could be enough to take this at a track that that suited those near the pace all day yesterday.

Nyaleti, (1435 Epsom), 7/2: another for Johnston and another likely to run on or near the pace.  Officially rated 109 she is best in under these conditions and already has a verdict over favourite Veracious this season.  That horse will undoubtedly improve, but these conditions look sure to get the very best from Nyaleti.

Spanish City, (1750 Epsom), 5/1:  has spent the last 2 years exclusively at 7f, but has contested top handicaps at that trip often going close.  This step down looks like it could suit provided he doesn’t get swept off his feet by the likely early fractions of the blazing Lake Volta and Watchable.  We think he can stay in touch and jockey Atzeni can pounce in the last furlong.

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