Saturday Yankee: Chief contender

Attention may be focussed on Russia, but good cards at Haydock and Sandown offer a chance to cash up for those takeaway pizzas and six-packs….

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:  Chiefofchiefs, (1255 Sandown), 1pt win, 8/1 Bet365

Loves it around here.  May have been slightly lucky when we tipped him in victory here two runs ago, but beating a useful mudlark on rain softened ground was definitely items one against the head. Ran 4th in the key form guide to this here last time and reopposes those rivals.  The good news is that leaves his mark unchanged, and the better news is that he may have won with a luckier run through.  He is drawn perfectly today and can make amends.

Making Miracles, (1235 Haydock), 9/2:  nearly landed some big combos for us when narrowly beaten at York.  Finished further behind that same rival when well held at Royal Ascot, but that’s a class above what many of his rivals have been facing.  Indeed he rather ran in snatches that day which doesn’t suit Ascot and he got well out of position before finishing with some purpose, This galloping track and long straight should suit and the step up in trip looks likely to be a plus.

Atkinson Grimshaw, (1345 Haydock), 11/1:  he promised much last season under the care of Andrew Balding always looking likely to improve as a 4yo.  Has switched to shrewd operator Iain Jardine and ran really well for him on seasonal debut.  Has run once at this longer trip, when winning easily, and it looks significant that Jardine shows the ambition to chase this big prize rather than pick some low hanging fruit.  Teodoro looks the main threat, but Atkinson could be too well in.

Nearly Caught, (1520 Sandown), 9/4:  might challenge the TV remote control if anchoring a successful big priced Yankee 20mins into the World Cup quarter-final – definitely a problem we would love to be facing.  Inconveniently this is a long distance race, but previous winner of this Nearly Caught is the class act against a modest bunch.  Has looked as good as ever until running far too freely in a marathon at Royal Ascot. Has two course runs both in this event with a win and a close third.  Can go in again.

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