The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Saaheq, (1535 Nottingham), 1pt win, 3/1 generally available
It’s tempting to look to oppose hat-trick seeking Saaheq as he steps up from 5f to 6f burdened with another 6lb rise. However, he was a 7f performer as a 3yo suggesting the step up should be no issue, whilst his win at Sandown last time was pretty impressive from a less than ideal draw, suggesting the extra 6lb may not be burden enough.
Lyrica’s Lion, (1610 Nottingham), 9/4: will need to win a battle for the lead but is ideally drawn in stall 1 to grab the early advantage. Is 9lbs higher than for the second of two summer wins, but has run exceptional races in narrow defeat at Newmarket and Goodwood since. Has been apprentice ridden all year but now gets De Sousa who loves nothing more than to kick on and play catch me if you can. They probably can’t.
Hart Stopper, (1645 Salisbury), 11/4; all his opponents here come needing to be excused for recent poor form. For Hart Stopper though the issue is whether a lifetime high mark of 88, earned from a recent smooth Haydock success, is now too high. We prefer the in form horse needing to defy weight than the out of form horses needing to defy recent history. The booking of Spencer is a plus.
Rio Ronaldo, (1725 Salisbury), 9/2: we were on this hold-up horse when he won on his only previous Salisbury run here a few months ago off a mark of 78. He subsequently was beaten a nose at Sandown off this mark of 84. We can forgive some patchy runs since as he now gets back to that mark, back to Salisbury, and back under Atzeni who was the jockey for those two good runs but not since. Add in a clutch of pacemakers likely to set up he race ideally for his come-late tactics and he can return to form.
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