It’s Scottish National day and a rich array of racing to whet the appetite. At the prevailing odds, an each way Yankee may be wise…
The Daily Yankee:
Verdana Blue, (1455 Ayr), 11/2: Nicky Henderson’s mare has looked a quality animal all year just waiting for better ground. She finally gets it here and with James Bowen claiming 3 pounds she has everything in her favour in what is clearly a hugely competitive race.
Humbert, (1530 Newbury), 12/1: seems a little overlooked considering he ran a blinder from the front when just touched off in the Spring Mile. Another straight mile test here but drawn very near the stands rail he could set out to make all again. Only had 7 runs so scope for more improvement.
Beware The Bear, (1605 Ayr), 22/1: the Scottish National has any number of valid contenders with Vicente, Vintage Clouds and particularly Fagan for Davy Russell looking likely types. But we prefer Beware The Bear who may just take to this test on this ground. He was badly left behind when the race warmed up at Cheltenham but finished from the clouds for fourth only just behind Vintage Clouds. He would have beaten him with more distance, whether he will today may have more to do with The Bear’s mood than anything else, but the odds compensate handsomely for the risk.
Reverend Cust, (1640 Ayr), 14/1: Another race jammed with potential, especially the Henderson trio from whom we favour Burbank. But this might throw up another surprise and Reverend Cust has been finishing off races well at 2m on soft ground and this extra half mile on a drying surface could be ideal. Worth a punt.
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