Thursday Yankee: Lucky Day?

A nice 8/1 winning nap yesterday, let’s look to get on a run before the big Scottish National weekend….

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:  Lucky Lover Boy, (1550 Huntingdon), 1pt win, 7/2 generally available 

This juvenile hurdler has run three good races, a decent second on debut before somehow managing to get pipped a head here when certain to win, then landing a short head win at Newcastle.  Returns here to a track that suits and has a first handicap run off 117.  That makes him the best horse in the race although 6lbs weight for age allowance keeps him away from top weight.  Likely to have more to give on sharp fast tracks like this and can prove well ahead of the handicap here.

Oliver’s Gold, (1455 Wetherby), 10/3:  the market would suggest he has little chance of turning around recent course form with favourite Las Tunas.  He was comfortably beaten then, but gets an 8lb weight pull, and jockey Emma Todd will know  not to give the favourite such a lead this time.  Rated over 20lbs higher last year, Oliver’s may just have dropped back to a winning mark.

It’s All About Me, (1740 Wetherby), 8/1:  this mare probably should have won last time at Catterick when today’s rider Emma Smith-Chaston somehow stayed on after a calamitous error 2 out and was pipped on the line having ridden over the last with no irons.  The mare has shown form only on 3 Catterick runs, all after a break of at least 2 months.  She has had over 3 months off since, and this track would certainly be similar enough to Catterick.  Trainer Hammond is in decent form and she could land a small surprise.

Employer, (1800 Newcastle), 11/4:  favourite Grandee is expected to improve for a promising fourth on reappearance at Donny.  He’ll have to as he needs to reverse form with Employer who was second there.  That was Employer’s first run for trainer Jim Goldie, and came despite some hard luck in running.  Not sure why he’s twice the price of Grandee and hopefully can demonstrate the fallacy by taking this.

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