The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: Eeh Bah Gum, (1400 Beverley), 1pt win, 9/4 generally available
Plenty of good recent form on show here, but with the benefit of good low draws this should be between recent winners Eeh Bah Gum and Kingstreet Lady. Kingstreet Lady has the strict edge as she is unpenalised for her Catterick win, but she has had 30 handicap runs, whereas Eeh Bah Gum will be in his third handicap. He ran a blinder in a good race when just failing to get home over 6f on seasonal debut and then romped home at Redcar last week. A 6lb penalty looks unlikely to stop him provided he acts on this unusual track.
Dagueneau, (1650 Nottingham), 11/4: Ed Dunlop’s 3yo has promised plenty stepping into handicap company and up in trip. He was beaten by Quantatmental last time, but looked more like he was beaten by Beverley, struggling to find room and rhythm until too late. On this more conventional track and with another 2f to cover he can comfortably reverse that form under the ever excellent James Doyle.
Harrogate, (1940 Ripon), 9/4: made all in remarkable fashion at Thirsk last time hanging across the entire width of the course but still romping home, with the clear second himself a wide margin winner yesterday. Admittedly he has been hiked 11lbs for that. but this course always favours front runners and, if he can straight this time, then he should be able to follow up.
Pipers Note, (2010 Ripon), 7/2: a decent little sprint with market leaders Sandra’s Secret and Pipers Note looking to hold the aces. Sandra’s is the one bringing in the form after making all here last time, but a mark of 86 is a clear lifetime high to defy after 31 previous handicaps. Pipers had a slow start to the season, but his 8th in a cracking race at York last time was a massive step forward, and this 5 time course winner is now 5lbs lower than when a runner up in Ripon’s flagship Great St Wilfrid handicap last summer.
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