Thursday Yankee: Paco the star bet

Frustrating to leave a 10/1 winner hanging unaccompanied in yesterday’s Yankee, we’re playing it a bit tighter today…

The Daily Yankee:

NAP OF THE DAY:  Paco Ecostar, (1530 Haydock), 1pt win, 3/1 generally available

Trainer Paul Midgley is making his name improving newly-acquired older sprinters, but in this filly he has a youngster he has had since debut and who may be on a similar path of improvement.  Her 3yo debut at Carlisle was typical of that tricky course and she somehow managed to get trapped in a pocket in a 6 runner race until all too late.  This more conventional track can crystallise her improvement.

Acclaim The Nation, (1600 Haydock), 2/1:  has been in flying form on quick ground and on sharp tracks.  Has terrific early speed and this five furlongs is one of the most pace-favouring in the land, especially so on quick ground.   He will be the hare to main danger Bashiba, but can hold on with do much in his favour.

Gurkha Friend, (1540 Ripon), 9/4:  has three course wins and adopted front running tactics here last time.  That approach works better on the round track here than anywhere else and champion jockey De Sousa can repeat the trick here.

Cuban Heel, (1900 Sandown), 12/1:  After a tip goes badly wrong the question is bad luck or bad luck – to forgive or forget. Cuban Heel let us down badly with a terrible effort at Goodwood last time when the only loser in that day’s Yankee. It may be worth forgiving as he was ridden far too aggressively and could be overpriced as a result. The hot favourite George Villiers is from the excellent John Gosden yard and could be anything, but like many stablemates looks over-backed at these odds. Trust Kirby to save a little on Cuban Heel this time and revert to the promise of his Epsom debut.

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