The last big day of mixed flat and jump racing and some excellent bets on offer as we wave goodbye to the obstacles (at least until Galway)….
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Silver Streak, (1510 Haydock), 2pts win, 8/1 generally available
Plenty of old favourites lining up for the last big handicap of the jumps “season”. John Constable won this for us last year but is 22lbs higher here. Both Capitaine and Act Of Valour have claims for Nicholls, but the pick has to be blog legend Silver Streak. He was our first ever selection (and winner) and we have been patient this year watching him run very well on soft ground. Now he finally gets a better surface and a flat track, ideal conditions, and he looks well weighted to take this.
Wait For Me, (1400 Haydock), 13/2: this horse has always been a classy looking sort and contested a number of good handicap hurdles last season before finally stepping up to 20f to win easily at Sandown on good ground. After some dodgy chasing, he stepped back to hurdles in time for Cheltenham but the ground had gone soft. He still ran a great race in the Pertemps Final, in the mix until the soft ground took its toll late on. He gets better ground here, and this is a drop in class. He looks primed to win and was close to being the Nap.
Thundering Blue, (1415 Ascot), 11/2: this is a fella that we have followed over a cliff when going big in the Cambridgeshire. Things didn’t go for him then, but he showed on comeback when unlucky and tenderly ridden that there is still plenty under the bonnet. Has a wide draw and a new long trip to overcome here, but with Atzeni in the saddle he is sure to be ridden with plenty of confidence and this looks longer on numbers than quality.
Keyser Soze, (1600 Ascot), 7/1: It is always a relief to see Jamie Spencer booked for a straight course Ascot handicap and he gets the leg up here on Keyser Soze. This horse was an excellent third in the Newbury Spring Cup over a mile, showing a great turn of foot to challenge from a poor position, but just failing on the last 50yds. A shorter trip here and a good strong pace should be ideal and he looks well drawn close to habitual pace-setter Zhui Feng. The only concern would be that he bombed out when fancied here at the Royal meeting last year. He seemed to get buzzed up then, which if it was the occasion and not the track, should be ok this time. The long off the track Louie De Palma is the interesting contender, but 4 years off would be close to a miracle. Trust Spencer.
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