Wednesday Yankee: Epsom hot Shot…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY:  Dark Shot, (1410 Epsom), 1pt win, 4/1 generally available 

Plenty of course specialists here including the first four from this race last year.  But it’s two who weren’t there that interest.  Duke Of Firenze runs this very well and is thrown in for an in form yard but his first time out record is awful.  Step forward Dark Shot.  He was a superb second on debut at York last year and has finished 2nd and 5th in the last two Epsom Dashes.  The 5lb claim of his able jockey is a bonus and he is well handicapped after a lacklustre end to last year.  He may be best fresh.

Not So Sleepy, (1520 Epsom), 6/1: another course specialist he seeks to land the unusual double of today’s two big handicaps having won the City & Suburban two years ago.  This longer trip helps these days especially on a good surface.  The booking of Ryan Moore looks interesting and the horse may enjoy switching back to the flat after a first taste of hurdling.  Loves it here and can add to his CV.

Mildenberger, (1555 Epsom), 11/4:  two lightly raced 4yos top the weights and the market.  Crossed Baton is trained by a genius and won on this card last year, even so he may struggle to cope with Mildenberger.  Mark Johnston’s horse has a mark of 107, but his 2yo and 3yo form with the likes of Roaring Lion suggest he could have a bit in hand even off that lofty mark.  Stable’s runners are nearly always ready first time.

Spirit Warning, (1700 Epsom), 6/1:  came good on the all weather although disappointed a little on his last of 4 quick starts.  Has been given a little break since and that can freshen him up nicely.  Likes to race prominently which should suit, and in Oisin Murphy he has plenty of talent in the saddle.  Trainer Andrew Balding remains in excellent form.

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