Yesterday’s Nap, Lil Rockerfeller, must have been our easiest ever winning nap. If only they could always be so simple !!
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Whiskey Sour, (1635 Galway), 1pt win, 7/1 generally available
Will have had this race in mind for a year. The Willie Mullins trained hurdler won twice here on the flat at last year’s meeting and has progressed into a top handicap hurdler, placing at Cheltenham and in two Grade 1s at Punchestown. He was fifth at Royal Ascot and comes here with iron clad course credentials, class, and from the unstoppable Mullins yard.
Bathsheba Bay, (1350 Goodwood), 7/1: a number of these face substantially higher marks off the back of recent good runs. Bathsheba Bay in contrast is just a pound up for an excellent effort against older horses last time at Sandown. He could arguably have done better with a clear run, and the second there won the opening Goodwood race advertising that form.
Barristan The Bold, (1610 Goodwood), 5/1: this race is one of the earliest valuable nurseries of the season and will have been targeted by a few trainers. Tom Dascombe does well in these events and in Barristan The Bold he has an improver who could make a mark of 82 look very generous. He showed a great attitude when just touched off in a lengthy duel at Windsor last time, and looks ready to win.
Townshend, (1715 Galway), 3/1: Another Mullins contender switching back to the flat. He was third when returning to the flat last time when looking a likely winner until fading late on. He steps down in trip here and must have a big chance. Main danger High Expectations is a horse we know and love and, whilst dangerous, is surely at his best on quicker ground.
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