Things looked good after 6/1 and 5/2 winners yesterday but two runners up ultimately left us a bit frustrated. Better today?
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: So Near So Farrh, (1700 Pontefract), 1pt win, 11/8 generally available
On a tricky Monday it’s worth trusting Mick Channon’s 3yo stayer to overturn form with Bodacious Name in a race which should be a match between those two. Bodacious was a tidy winner and has only a 2lb weight adjustment to overcome, but that doesn’t tell the full story. So Near So Farrh was crucially stopped in her run as the race was hotting up, these stayers need time to regather their speed, and she probably should have gone much closer if not won. She can prove that today.
Jo’s Girl, (1500 Pontefract), 12/1: the market leaders here are two 3yos making handicap debuts off pretty tough marks of 84 each. Another 3yo, Jo’s Girl, may offer better value. She won here in April, and after a couple of quieter runs elsewhere ran another blinder returned here last time when a staying on fourth. That hints that this step up in trip well help, and she’s worth an interest at a big price for a yard that does well here.
Pennsylvania Dutch, (1730 Pontefract), 15/2: finished his 3yo campaign with William Haggas rated 84. Switched to Kevin Ryan he has struggled to make much impact, but has dropped to 74. Suggested better on his first sight of this course last time when unlucky in running. The drop to 5f is a challenge, but soft ground should help take the sting out of the early pace and he can stay on to go close.
Desert Frost, (2040 Kempton), 7/2: This fella had been knocking on the door repeatedly before finally winning at Epsom. His follow up fourth at Chelmsford was arguably better as he was given plenty to do. That suggested the all weather could be his future, and this track should suit his run style a lot better.
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