A winner for Alan Dudman yesterday and he looks at Saturday's two big handicaps at York with a pair of decent priced selections...
"He very much shapes like the Ebor trip will suit, and he displayed that with a fighting sort of performance when taking a Listed race at Haydock last time out."
Sheriff can boss this year's Melrose
14:25 York - Back Eastern Sheriff @ 25.024/1
Trainer Hugo Palmer hasn't quite had the same firepower in the last 12 months as he possessed when he burst onto the scene a few years ago, but bagging a nice prize such as the Melrose can elevate him back into something like the handicap big time.
This is always a contest to earmark a progressive young stayer for, and this year's looks just as hot a renewal.
Palmer's Eastern Sheriff is certainly one to bear in mind considering every time he has won he has looked impressive. He skipped away to win at Kempton on his debut last term, and he absolutely smashed a field at Ripon (admittedly not the strongest of races) earlier in the campaign.
However, his latest victory threw up something a bit different as he overcame plenty of traffic problems to score at Ayr in the first-time cheekpieces. The handicapper put him up 8lb for that to a mark of 94.
He makes pretty smooth progress in his races and always seems to run on strongly. Jockey Kevin Stott has enjoyed some big wins this term and this brother to Leger winner Harbour Law looks like a worthy punt in a fiercely difficult race.
Trueshan can be the Ebor king on the Knavesmire
15:40 York - Back Trueshan @ 11.010/1
Alan King is carving out real success on the level with his Flat horses, and whilst Trueshan could no doubt win some nice races over jumps, there are big prizes that await to target. And the Ebor riches are the biggest around.
This has always been the horse's aim following a very progressive 3yo campaign - which included a good win over Melrose winner Hamish.
He very much shapes like the Ebor trip will suit, and he displayed that with a fighting sort of performance when taking a Listed race at Haydock last time out. He got involved in a scrap to the line with Alignak and prevailed with a fine attitude.
Rain is forecast on Saturday, and his chances were boosted with the rain at the track yesterday as he looks as though cut suits him, although genuine good ground seems fine. And whilst it's a big ask from a mark of 109, he can run a big race.
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Alan Dudman's P&L
2020 Overall: -12.21
*All bets to a 0.5pt stake unless stated otherwise
Back Eastern Sheriff @ 25.024/1 in the 14:25 at York
Back Trueshan @ 11.010/1 in the 15:40 at York