Saturday Yankee: Holmes under the hammer…

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NAP OF THE DAY:   Holmeswood, (1350 Doncaster), 2pts win, 11/2 generally available 

He was landing a hat trick of wins this time last year and has taken his time to return down to a winning mark.  The signs were writ bold when an unlucky 3rd in a top quality York handicap last time.  De Sousa keeps the ride and will be hammering away in the saddle whilst the Dods stable remains in flying form.  He looks made for the job.

Mustashry, (1425 Doncaster), 3/1:  has been super consistent at distances from 8f to 10f for the Stoute and Crowley combination.  They are wily veterans and this new move down to 7f is an interesting response to recent smooth travelling efforts.  If he can travel with the same class at this level it should carry him a lot closer to the line before being drawn into battle.  An experiment worth supporting.

Lah Ti Dar, (1535 Doncaster), 7/4:  backing a filly in the St Leger can be an inspired choice,  and with the colts headed by the workmanlike Kew Gardens, the door is ajar for a quality filly.  Step forward the John Gosden trained unbeaten Lah Ti Dah.  On the book she has plenty to do having never competed at this level, but the style of her wins has been deeply impressive.  There is reason to think she can improve from York and that could just be enough.

Sharjah (1550 Leopardstown), 5/1:  plenty of Willie Mullins interest in this, and it could be one for the jumps genius in the form the ex-French Sharjah.  He has been a long time off the flat, but a comfortable win in the Galway Hurdle last time has seen his jumps rating rise to the mid 150s and with Willie’s doing so well on the flat he is worth chancing against Aidan’s 3yo threat Saracen Knight.

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