Saturday Yankee: Another fine mesh…

The Daily Yankee 

NAP OF THE DAY:  Gilgamesh, (1445 Ascot), 2pts win, 15/2 generally available 

We have tried and failed a few times with this fella this season.  This course and and trip are ideal, he has had a few pounds of leniency from the raters, and in Jamie Spencer he has the ideal jockey to execute a hold up ride on this track.  Add in a draw close to confirmed front runner Zhui Feng and he should find himself being nicely towed into the race.  Now or never.

Lawmaking, (1515 Kempton), 12/1:  a recent race here holds the key with first two home Honey Man and Hakeem rightly heading the market.  However the in form Lawmaking wasn’t too far behind that day doing all his best work at the end.  He gets a weight pull and with a strong pace likely he looks overpriced at upwards of twice the odds of the front two.

First Eleven, (1555 Ascot), 4/1:  was a desperately unlucky loser in the big handicap over course and distance here at the Royal meeting.  Would be half today’s price had he not been a big flop shortly afterwards at Newmarket.  It might be worth forgiving that run over a longer trip in Group company. Trainer Gosden has given him some time since and dropping back to this trip in this grade he can deliver on that previous promise.

Normandy Barriere, (1630 Ascot), 7/1: has winning course and distance form off this mark last year.  After a quiet few runs at the stay of the year he has found his best in three consecutive runner up efforts.  The return to beloved Ascot and even more importantly the assistance of the excellent Buick on board, can help offset the ratings creep, and he can get his deserved success.

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