York 2.35 (Melrose) tips – you can call Al the winner at tasty 9/1

York 2.35 (Melrose) tips - you can call Al the winner at tasty 9/1

Betting Tip: Al @ 9/1 with betvictor

I’m not nearly so confident about this race, with each of the 20 runners having something to recommend them. That said, I do like the chances of the Luca Cumani-trained AL at a tasty 9/1 with BetVictor. He struck me as an ideal type for this race when storming home by seven lengths over 1m4f at Newmarket on his latest start and, while he’s been hit with a 12lb rise, he may well be improving fast enough to cope – without that hefty hike he wouldn’t be running as he’s crept in near the bottom of the weights.

His trainer, writing in a recent Stable Tour, suggested the horse was likely to continue to improve and he had no qualms about stepping him up to today’s trip, with his German family noted for their staying ability. His decision to employ talented claimer Cam Hardie, who will take a handy 3lb off his back, could well prove decisive and there are no worries over the ground as he appeared to handle a slow surface when fourth in a Nottingham maiden last term – behind a certain Golden Horn!

How the selection got beat in a modest Windsor handicap on his reappearance – when carrying my money – I will never know, but I’m hopeful of getting it back here with interest!

Betting Tip: Al @ 9/1 with betvictor

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