Saturday Yankee: Stars aligned at Newmarket…

The Daily Yankee 

NAP OF THE DAY:  Stars Over The Sea, (1540 Newmarket), 1pt each way, 25/1 (1/5th first 8 places) Hills, Skybet 

A fascinating Cesarewich sees the massed hordes of Willie Mullins, headed by Stratum, augmented by O’Brien’s Leger 3rd Southern France, creating a compelling case for export to Ireland.  Of course the market reflects that, and there could be value in taking a contrary view. Alan King’s progressive Just In Time comes here on a roll, and although worse off with dark horse Vis-a-vis, he may be progressive enough, and well drawn enough to overturn earlier form.  But we’ll take a big chance with Stars Over The Sea.  He would not have looked a likely contender until running away with the “Trial” here with a front running 10l success.  That is easy to write off as a freak, and with a “coffin” draw out wide he is a big outsider.  But, a 4lb penalty is nothing if he has suddenly found some rich form, and of all the horses that can (and have) defy wide draws it’s front runners.  Worth a tickle.

Golden Apollo, (1515 York), 12/1:  These York sprints can be a law unto themselves, and if in doubt trust York form.  Al Qawha is a justifiable favourite boasting course form and a good recent second at Ayr.  Better value though may lie with Golden Apollo.  He was a multiple winner last year including here and ran a season’s best when second here earlier this summer.  Has charted a course through the top summer sprints since with not much luck in running. Still looks in form and this could be ideal if a draw in stall 1 is no handicap.

Highbrow , (1405 York), 7/1:  The shrewd yard of David Simcock regularly churns out late developing 3yos.  In Highbrow he has an interesting handicap contender.  He mostly contested Listed and Group events until dropping into a decent little Doncaster handicap last time.  It looked as if the 12f just found him out then, and this quick 10f looks a wise adjustment, with Spencer an excellent booking.

Le Maitre Chat, (1700 York), 12/1:  Another stayer whose burst back to form may have been underestimated.  Surged home to spring a 66/1 shock here last time.  Has similar conditions, and only has to deal with a measly 2lb raise from the handicapper.  His record doesn’t scream consistency, but double figure odds is just too dismissive.

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