The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Count D’Orsay, 1pt win, (1340 York), 5/1:
Very tempted by Venturous, who is well handicapped if he can stop rearing up in the stalls, but this is one track where they don’t come back to you if you give ground. Instead we’ll stick with Count D’Orsay who nearly did us a favour when napped at a huge price at Chester last week when just unable to peg back the useful Jabbarockie. This race looks tailor-made with the juice in the ground ideal for a horse who goes well in the soft.
Brunch, (1440 York), 5/1: another clash of two of our favourites. Matthew Flinders may be on fractionally the better mark but he’ll need to use some gas early from his wide draw. That just edges the vote to the better berthed Brunch who can run off the same rating as when a good second in the Lincoln and who won twice here last season.
Acklam Express, (1540 York), 2/1: A high quality 3yo dash and it is worth backing one of the class acts. Nigel Tinkler’s runner has plenty to find with Winter Power on Ascot form but whilst that fully is making her reappearance, Acklam has been a busy boy over in Meydan including a close 3rd at Group 1 level last time against older horses. He may not be the best if this field by the end of the season, but he can put that desert campaign to good use whilst his opponents are still finding their stride.
Frankenstella, (1650 York), 7/2: progressed throughout her 3yo season including a good win over this course and distance. Only 6lbs higher and can improve a lot for her seasonal debut on the all weather. This is a much more suitable test and is likely to have been the early season plan.
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