Monday Yankee: Vina’s a winner…

The Daily Yankee:

NAP OF THE DAY:  Gravina, (1700 Chepstow), 1pt win, 4/1 generally available 

Alan King’s filly steps into handicap company for the first time off a fairly generous looking mark of 68.  After a very promising reappearance effort in a strong Salisbury maiden, she stepped down to a mile with an equally good effort at Leicester.  The stable is going well, has a record for slowly developing this type, and the step back to 10f makes her very interesting.

Emjayem, (1500 Chepstow), 6/1: we were part of a major gamble on this one at Goodwood last time.  That came badly unstuck with the horse getting no cover in a field that quickly splintered, and over-racing before fading.  A much bigger field today, and a drop in class are reasons enough to offer horse and jockey one more chance to deliver on a potentially juicy rating.

Jaalboot, (1600 Chepstow), 11/4:  a race full of professional losers.  Dalness Express looks the most likely of the older brigade, but it’s worth backing 3yo Jaalboot.  He only has 6 lifetime runs and has biggest scope for improvement.  A first time visor can work the magic.

Caspar The Cub, (2010 Windsor), 11/2:  Another lightly raced Alan King 3yo, his first turf run was also his first handicap, when 7th of 8 at Newbury off 82.  That sounds poor, but it was potentially a very good race, with winner First Eleven very unlucky not to win at Royal Ascot. Dropped to 80 now, he could be s serious contender in a race where very few appeal.

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