This week’s racing has felt a bit like taking on Derren Brown in a game of “which hand is it in”. Club Wexford was the latest ex-tip to deliver a bloody nose whilst the nap was second yet again. Thankfully a top notch midweek card awaits to change the tune.
The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: Cuban Heel, (1510 Goodwood), 1pt win, 5/1 generally available
This is a cracking little race at Goodwood. Market leader Rich Identity has to be respected for strong connections but he was well held last time and will need to have come on. Sing Out Loud was a massive eye-catcher at Ascot on his seasonal debut, but he was 50/1 then and his odds here look a bit of an overreaction. We like Cuban Heel who may still be a maiden but was very unlucky not to win on comeback in a good Epsom handicap. Form there often transfers here, and Clive Cox’s horse looks like he ought to be the favourite here.
What A Welcome, (1800 Sandown), 2/1: we are jumping on the bandwagon a bit here, but whilst it’s a short price in a big field, this horse does come fresh from a wide margin Newbury win. He is up 7lbs but gets the chance to run here off his Newbury mark. This is a course where you run into a progressive type, but 7lbs in hand is a pretty big head start against anyone. He should follow up.
Vintage Brut, (1835 Sandown), 5/1: This horse won by a huge 7l on debut, with the second a winner since and the third and fourth both runners-up since. He has the perfect draw in stall 1, and his chief market rivals are wide in 8 and 9. He should really be half the price – he isn’t because of unfashionable breeding and connections. That worries us less in early 2yo events like this and he can surprise the bigger yards here.
Chiefofchiefs, (2040 Sandown), 8/1: This is a hot race with a well backed favourite in Hakeem. It is always worth being wary of Haggas yard gambles, but he is 8lbs higher than his only previous handicap run which ended in resounding defeat. Mountain Angel should go well after an Ascot romp, but his form in the superb Silver Cambridgeshire suggests he will struggle with Chiefofchiefs. Our pick ran fairly enough on comeback at Newmarket but was poor on the all-weather last time. Back on a good turf surface he could upset the big guns on a track that should suit.
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