Saturday Yankee: Ray of hope…

York has not been kind so far, but that could all change on Ebor day….

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Raymond Tusk, (1540 York), 1pt each way, 25/1:

A very interesting contender making his handicap debut in this historic race. Placed in two Group 3s before a respectable effort in the Ascot Gold Cup. Has been freshened up with this in mind, should enjoy the certain strong pace, and has hold up legend Jamie Spencer in the saddle. The heroic King’s Advice is the one to beat, but Raymond may just be the dark horse to do so.

Alligator Alley, (1610 York), 6/4: this Yankee needs an anchor, and Joseph O’Brien’s juvenile speedster looks the ideal pick. Progressive in Ireland he looked a shade unlucky at Goodwood last time. That form has taken a few knocks this week, but it is still by far the best on show here and he should get compensation.

Forest Of Dean, (1645 York), 5/2: we are tempted by Goodwood winner Fayez (unconvincing York record), and the Megan Nicholls ridden York lover Society Red (probably needs to come down another few pounds), but will rely on one of our Goodwood winners Forest Of Dean. He is the improving 3yo here, and these John Gosden handicappers tend to keep progressing throughout the season. He won well at Goodwood, and although 7lbs higher here that looks unlikely to stop him under a confident Dettori ride.

Moss Gill, (1720 York), 4/1: This consistent sprinter got caught near the line here in May on handicap debut. He has shot up the weights since after two easy wins, but still looks on a winning mark based on a cracking effort in a big handicap at Newmarket last time. He is just 4lbs higher for that short head 2nd of 20, but he won his side of the race in style only to fall a whisker short against those drawn on the other side. Seems to have an ideal draw this time and his 7lb claimer takes a valuable load off. Count D’Orsay looks an interesting challenger but has been less lucky in the draw.

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