Wednesday Yankee: Ad Lib to follow the script…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:   Ad Libitum, (1600 Carlisle), 1pt win, 7/2 generally available 

Has been running into form for the useful stable of Roger Fell and reached boiling point when an easy winner at this course last week.  A 6lb penalty is not worry, but this is a step up in class as he contests the Cumberland Plate.  That said he has travelled with authority in his races and a strong pace here should be ideal.  Strike whilst the iron is hot.

Rio Ronaldo, (1440 Salisbury), 10/3:  was desperately unlucky when we tipped him for a repeat win in a race at Sandown recently.  He looked a winner in waiting, be wait he had to after jockey Atzeni found trouble in running.  We like it when a jockey knows he blew it and now gets a chance for redemption.

Fingals Cave, (1500 Carlisle), 7/1:  won three times last Summer but has dropped nearly 20lbs since off the back of a poor series of runs.  That is surely a winning mark now, and there have been signs of life in races where bad draws and bad luck have denied him any winning chance.  This looks set up for a return to form and he wins this if he can get within 10lbs of the horse he was this time last year.

Waarif, (1530 Carlisle), 14/1:  we were on this consistent loser when he was runner up again at York last time.  Arguably he should be too exposed to win this historic Carlisle Bell, but a big field, a strong pace, and a jockey claiming some valuable pounds should see him again deliver his best.  This is a quirky course, and there will be bad luck stories, but this guy is uncomplicated and overpriced.  We will be watching Presidential, who we love, but mostly over shorter trips than this.

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