A good winning nap yesterday as Joe Fanning again proved his Beverley skills by driving our tip Arnold (tipped at 7/1), to a narrow win. He could be out again today at Catterick, but we are happy to look elsewhere…
The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: Brancaster, (1930 Newmarket), 1pt win, 10/1 generally available
The John Gosden Trainer Whitlock will be a warm order under a 6lb penalty for a recent Windsor win, but this is tougher and the draw could be awkward. We like Brancaster under a confident Hayley Turner. Unraced until a 4yo he was assigned a lowly mark of 62 after three quick maiden runs. The money was down stepped up to 12f on handicap debut at Epsom recently, but as so often on that track, luck in running was not kind. This step back to 10f looks ideal, and he looks great value.
Muraadef, (1910 Catterick), 8/1: an expensive failure at the Ed Dunlop yard culminating in two awful handicap tuns. But acmove up north to the Ruth Carr yard saw immediate effect when a staying on 4th here last time. His mark of 56 should be way below his potential and if he improves at all on that last effort then he has a big chance here.
Queen In Waiting, (1920 Chelmsford), 7/2: This is a top class handicap dash, but whereas most of these have earned elevated ratings, Queen In Waiting may still be on the up. She has won three of four all weather outings with her only defeat when returning from a 9 month break. She was very good last time and is well drawn to track an inevitability rapid early pace.
Akbar Shah, (1755 Newmarket), 5/1: lightly raced 3yo has been runner up in last three of five career starts. The horses who beat him in two maiden runner-up events have gone in a few times again since which suggests he is a good 7lbs or more underrated. He should have proved that on handicap debut last time but Lingfield all weather sprints are tricky. This nice straight course and a confident Tom Marquand should make for a big chance.
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