Saturday Yankee: Dare to be different…

The Daily Yankee 

NAP OF THE DAY:  Truth Or Dare, (1515 Goodwood), 1pt each way, 20/1 generally available  (1/5th top 5)

A typical Goodwood 7f helter-skelter.  We like Chessman but stall 1 is a huge challenge for a hold up horse, whilst blog favourite Medahim has the opposite problem drawn out wide.  We can’t believe the odds for Truth Or Dare.  This is his course, winning at the big meeting last Summer and running a good third to Medahim in defence this year.  He was the one drawn wide that day, and with a good middle draw this time he could outrun his huge odds under ideal conditions.

Midnight Wilde, (1425 York), 25/1:  John Ryan’s handicapper may have been underestimated here.  He ran a fine second at Newmarket on Guineas weekend and gave a huge hint that a longer trip is the key when swooping through from last to win at Chester last time.  This is a hard race to win, but a 2lb rise for that win is very generous and he should have a strong pace to sit back off and go for a late run.

Nakeeta, (1540 York), 12/1:  last year’s Ebor winner bids for a repeat off a 4lb higher mark.  They all have Stratum to beat, but Nakeeta gets a 7lb pull on Newbury running last time.  That in itself is not quite enough, but add in the known track capability, a better draw, and nearly three times the price and he starts to look value.

Pivoine, (1650 York), 6/1: The previous course form of Banditry makes him hard to beat, albeit he is simulatenously hard to win with.  Pivoine on the other hand has looked unlucky not to go close in two major handicaps lately.  There is a change of headgear today, but he probably just needs a change of luck.  The Balding card continue to be in flying form.

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