Some days compiling a Yankee can be a tough slog, then occasionally you get a day where it sings off the page – and today’s cards look positively operatic. Here’s hoping…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Sod’s Law, (1535 Haydock), 1pt win, 7/2 generally available
This progressive 3yo is looking to complete a hat trick of handicap wins. He won nicely on softish ground at Pontefract last time and should improve again. Heavy ground would be the question mark, but on breeding, as a son of part horse-part plough Mayson, he could arguably improve.
Soldier To Follow, (1445 Redcar), 3/1: comes from the flying yard of Andrew Balding and added to his positive stats when coming good last time out. That was a first taste of soft ground and the manner in which he forged ahead of a good field late on suggests this added trip can only help. Only 4lbs up, likely to be improving, and with a weaker field to beat, he looks a worthy favourite.
Lord Oberon, (1505 Haydock), 5/2: Very lightly raced and made an eye catching return after a summer break when narrowly beaten here last time. Is entitled to be better for that run and as another bred from Mayson, the ground could well be a plus. Take youth to prevail against proven mudlarks (and blog darlings), Mobsta and Cold Stare.
Buonarroti, (1750 Haydock), 11/2: our most napped horse (4 times, 1 win 3 placed). This is his time of year, but more importantly, this is his ground. Has five career wins, four on soft and one on heavy. Was on the heels of favourite The Knot Is Tied recently and on that run there wouldn’t be much in it – but we know Buonarroti is part-hippo and will love the last-race slog through the bog.
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