Another reminder yesterday of our wariness with Wolverhampton as all three picks there were different shades of awful, leaving 4/1 Wincanton winner Cucklington stranded on the ticket.
Its more sand today – but definitely not at Wolves…
The Daily Yankee:
Nonios, (1530 Chelmsford), 15/8: was a very smooth winner last week. There may have been a little jockey bravado at play, but the handicapper has taken the view there was less in hand than it looked with just a 4lb rise. That’s surmountable and with Noble Gift likely to ensure a pace, the race should be run to suit.
Haraz, (1635 Chelmsford), 4/1: Finally won on his 38th start when forging home here two runs ago. Last time he was unlucky not to follow up at Wolves when stopped in his run. He can strike again whilst the iron is hot at the expense of perennial bridesmaid Sonnet Rose.
Captor, (1705 Chelmsford), 11/4: One of Frankel’s lesser sons, he had three quiet runs as a 3yo for David Simcock and now has his first run in 8 months and his first for new trainer Archie Watson. Therein lies the key, as Watson has had a stellar winter season with new recruits like this one often showing massive improvement for the switch. It’s worth backing Captor to follow suit.
Black Truffle, (1805 Chelmsford), 3/1: Has been consistent here all winter with a win and two seconds from five course runs. Last time he was pipped late on over 6f by another of today’s picks Haraz. We’re backing that form, and a step back to 5f for the first time in 81 runs looks worth the punt based on his running style and the possibly savage early pace here.
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