The Daily Yankee:
NAP OF THE DAY: Shanghai Glory, (1515 Ripon), 2pts win, 10/1 generally available
We have been close followers of the Hills trained sprinter after he ran an excellent 5th in the 2017 Stewards Cup, followed by third in this race when winning his side of the draw. Both those efforts were off a mark of 101. He showed a first sign of form this year when slightly unlucky in 3rd at Epsom on Derby Day, and two subsequent poor efforts, one on unsuitable all-weather and the other a try at 7f, means he gets in now off 97. Recent rain certainly helps and a nice low draw looks favourable. Plenty to beat of course, but he looks a juicy price.
Hee Haw, (1405 Ripon), 7/1: was a winner for us last week and has winning form at this course. Generally uses a hold up style that can be tricky here, but there’s plenty of pace on and he looks to have been favourably drawn. Course regular Red Pike looks the main danger, but Hee Haw looks in great nick.
Squats, (1500 Newbury), 9/1: the winner of this race last year off a mark of 95 for jockey Georgia Cox. That was his last run on soft ground since which he has toiled on a mix of synthetics and fast ground registering no better that a 4th. Recent runs are poor, but he has dropped to 87, reunited with Cox, the course and crucially ground with less sting, he looks set to burst back to form.
Syrian Pearl, (1520 Newmarket), 13/2: won this race two years ago off 79, and was an unlucky fifth here last year off 79. Now off 80 she looks ready to go close again with Jason Watson’s 3lb claim. The softened ground is very much on her favour and she can upset in form but penalised Goodnight Girl.
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