The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Tarboosh, (1545 Nottingham), 2pts win, 7/2 generally available
This sprinter was a favourite of ours through a highly progressive season in 2017. The assumption was that he’d be high enough in the weights this year, but the evidence of two recent Epsom runs suggests otherwise. He had nowhere to go in the first of those until too late, then in the high quality Dash on Derby Day he got badly bumped after a furlong losing all chance but was still much the fastest finisher albeit for 10th. That was an eye catching late effort and he has been dropped a pound essentially for bad luck. He has a more conventional track and weaker opposition here, and should be able to avoid a bad luck hat trick and register a first win of 2018.
Sir Titan, (1400 Goodwood), 4/1: triumphed over course and distance last time under a superb front running ride from Hayley Turner. She is up again and stall one is an invite to repeat. No obvious pace-making spoilers in the field whereas last time he was hassled in the early stages and stil found enough. Only 4lbs up for that, he can easily repeat if getting a clear run off the front.
Stanley, (1545 Goodwood), 11/4: won snugly last time at Salisbury when pouncing late with the rest of the field strung out. That late thrust style moderates winning distances and hence he gets just an extra 4lbs. Conditions here look ideal for a similar stalk and sprint tactic and he looks to have a rock solid chance.
Hope is High, (1715 Nottingham), 10/3: was a prolific winner last season but hasn’t shown anything like that form in three modest efforts so far this season. But this stable knows when a win is imminent and it is highly suspicious that she’s likely to go off favourite here. Champ De Sousa is in irrepressible form, knows the horse well, and everything points to springing back to form.
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