Another good day in a week to remember yesterday with 2000 Guineas winner Magna Gracia (11/2) kicking our Classics campaign off in style. Now it’s time for the girls…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Iridessa, (1535 Newmarket), 1pt win, 11/2:
After Aidan O’Brien’s triumph (again) in the 2000 Guineas he comes mob-handed for the girls equivalent with the good 2yo form of Just Wonderful, Fleeting and Hermosa all looking very interesting. But this could be a case of “move over dad” as it’s son Joseph’s Iridessa that appeals most. She has form with these as a 2yo looking at her best over this course and distance in the Fillies Mile. She stayed on well in third over 7f on her reappearance at Leopardstown, and her trainer loves to leave plenty to work on from a debut run. We expect that she will improve a ton for that, and that Fillies Mile effort marks her out as the one to beat, at the primary expense of dad Aidan’s Just Wonderful.
Gifted Master, (1455 Newmarket), 8/1: won this race last year off a rating of 109 and was generously treated when able to run off just 2lbs higher when winning the ultra competitive Stewards Cup. As a front runner he has struggled to assert in four runs since in elevated class, 2 Listed races and 2 Group 3s. It is astonishing that the handicapped has deemed that worthy of a sudden drop all the way back to the 109 off which he won this last year. No major speed influences here, and dropped back to handicaps he can be dangerous if let loose in the lead.
Shambolic, (1645 Newmarket), 5/2: we are hoping that her key 2yo run when fourth to Iridessa in the Fillies Mile will look gilt-edged by the time this race starts. Trainer Gosden targets this race, with 4 wins in the last 5, and her proven class makes more appeal than the maiden win of favourite Maqsad which came at the narrow expense of another Gosden filly, so the champion trainer knows what he has to beat.
Never Do Nothing, (1720 Newmarket), 5/2: topweight Nayef Road is s useful sort but has to give pretty much a stone away to some promising types. Stablemate Fraser Island may enjoy the run of the race, but even then could struggle to cope with the in form Andrew Balding’s Never Do Nothing. He was a good third here on seasonal debut against some very promising types, and can take this if he shows any improvement for that effort.
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