Following all the drama of yesterday’s Irish National, we are going to stick to the flat today with the chalk and cheese combo of Newmarket’s high class fare and Southwell’s fibresand donkey derbies, giving us some Tuesday Yankee fun.
Newmarket offers up a chance to dust down some early season theories. First up is master trainer John Gosden, who is always one to watch early season. He has a couple of likely looking sorts on the card, but we will be giving one more chance to Sacred Act (1530 BST) for whom nothing went right when disappointing at Doncaster. He can make amends here under Frankie Dettori.
Trainer Robert Cowell has proven himself a dab hand at improving other trainers’ cast-offs in the sprint department. He always seems to leave this meeting with a win, and he inherits the Coolmore-owned 4yo Independence Day. With a brief Irish Group and Listed race career, the handicapper has had to guess with this one’s first foray into handicaps (1705). Could be a steering job for Ryan Moore.
On the Southwell beach, hairy old 12yo veteran General Tufto could have the race run to suit (1625), but although he is tempting, there was a lot to like about Prince Of Time when winning well last time. He can follow up at the old general’s expense.
Borough Boy (1655) is another Southwell veteran. He is very much back on a winning mark and has been knocking on the door lately, including last time in a race which has worked out well. With a pace-setter to sit behind here and an ideal course and distance combo, he should be able to finally put himself on the board for 2017.
A team of four horses lends itself well to carriage driving, men of the apocalypse, and Yankees – so we will unleash one of our occasional Yankees in the hope of triggering a bookie apocalypse.
Recommendation: Win Yankee – Sacred Act (1530 Newmarket), 7/2; Prince of Time (1625 Southwell), 4/1; Borough Boy (1655 Southwell), 7/2; Independence Day (1705 Newmarket), 5/2.
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