York is always one to look for course specialists and none is more so than Navajo Chief .He had a reasonable seasonal return as he normally has but was poor next time out when it possibly came too quickly. He is always better after a break and I’m hopeful that the 6 week break since his last run is enough to spark him back into life on his favourite course with a decent 5lbs claimer on of his lowest mark. 25/1 with Ladbrokes looks plenty of value and he’ll surly go of shorter
1 Point win 25/1 Ladbrokes
Barbican hasn’t had a lot of racing in the last few years and he could be forgiven for looking a little short on his 2 runs this year after a very long break. That said he improved last time out and of this mark stepped up in trip here if he shows any improvement at all the current 33/1 might look decent value. There was a few quid for him on his return and that always give me hope that he might be showing something at home. I’ll have stab at the 33/1 just in case he is ready to perform tomorrow.
1 Point win 33/1 Generally
Mukhmal was one of my picks of the year so far when he walked away with a 6 furlong handicap at Newmarket at a huge price and I think he is being underestimated here over the shorter trip . He has run well once since in a very good race and this doesn’t look the deepest 30k handicap I’ve seen. He may well fly out of the gate here and not get caught. 14/1 looks about 4 points too big.
1 Point win 14/1 Generally