Monday Yankee – Melbourne Cup: Ray of Hope

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:   Raymond Tusk, (Melbourne Cup – 0400 Tuesday, Flemington Park), 3pts win, 14/1:

The race that stops the nation and a big chance of a second consecutive English trained winner.  You need class, the ability to travel with ease, stamina, luck and a final kick.  Raymond Tusk was our fancy in the Ebor where he finished 4th having shown all those attributes except for luck.  He looks tailor made for this race, has the cool Spencer on top, and surely just needs a slice of luck in order to go close.  Everything looks right and he’s worth a big punt at these odds.

Abbeygrey,  (1350 Hereford), 16/1:  often at his best first time out and a switch back to hurdles after two years chasing could be refreshing.  Jockey Isabel Williams is well worth her claim and he looks a massive price in a poor race.

Agent Westy, (1520 Hereford), 7/2:  has been active early season but has followed a smooth win with an unseat and a slipped up.  Accident prone obviously, but still looks on a winning mark if able to skirt the trouble.

O’Rahilly, (1610 Plumpton), 10/3:  hard to know quite what to make of this lightly raced gelding.  He looked like failing himself off last time until flying home when he fancied it for a close 4th.  This longer trip may help and he should have a winning chance – it may just depend on whether he wants to.

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