Raymond Tusk will be suited by York on Wednesday

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Raymond Tusk, a close fourth in the Ebor for Richard Hannon on his only trip to York two years ago, returns to the Knavesmire on Wednesday, this time carrying the hopes of Barbury in what looks another competitive handicap.

This will be Raymond Tusk’s third run since joining Alan four months ago, and there have been plenty of positives emerging from his two efforts so far.

Runner-up over this mile and a half at Doncaster, Raymond Tusk then finished third to Sir Ron Priestley in a Listed race at Nottingham, and when one considers that the winner subsequently bagged the G2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket’s Guineas meeting that looks pretty smart form.

Also heading for York is Duke of Condicote, who returns to the Flat, having had two solid runs over hurdles.

The Duke’s last run on the level was an excellent second to Opera Gift at Yarmouth in October, and the winner franked that form when winning the prestigious City Bowl at Salisbury last week, so, despite being absent since November, Duke of Condicote could outrun his odds.

Our five runners on Wednesday are split between four meetings, but Rebel Royal was close up when capsizing three out at Kempton last month, and, with that comeback being five months after his winter break, he looks to have a sound chance of compensation at Newton Abbot, where he wears cheekpieces for the first time.