After yesterday’s York windfall, the Knavesmire is the primary focus of today’s action too.
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: The Cashel Man, (1705 York), 1pt win, 6/1 Paddy Power,
Jumps legend Nicky Henderson doesn’t run many on the flat but he has a good record in these staying handicaps. The Cashel Man placed in a Cesarewich a few years back. That would be good form in the context of this race, and he ran well subsequently at Goodwood, and even his recent return to flat action at Newbury was pretty good given that soft ground is not his gig. Has been hurdling, and a neck defeat to Reserve Tank looks superb in hindsight. Has his ground here and can outclass lesser rivals under the always excellent Oisin Murphy.
Tommy Taylor, (1350 York), 10/1: is on an all time low rating having started to look a little disappointing including when bombing out at Newmarket recently. Changed tactics dramatically at Doncaster next time when screaming off in a first time visor but just failing to last the 6f. Wears the visor again here on a first ever try at 5f and this course should suit if he is able to repeat that flying Donny effort. Could be hard to peg back if establishing an early lead.
Bella Vita, (1410 Salisbury), 7/2: Returned in a recent Lingfield maiden and looked really good when staying on well to win. Can improve on that and looks attractively priced against an Oaks entered filly (Baba Ghanouj) and a Gosden trained Frankel daughter (Frisella) who are priced more on entries and connections than on bare form.
Mutafani, (1535 York), 6/1: always a competitive race, and big chances for the consistent Beringer and the hot stable form of What’s The Story. However we like Mutafani on his handicap debut. Lightly raced, there are form-lines to suggest he has some considerable headroom off this mark. Trainer Crisford rarely aims too high too soon, so must think he has a chance here, where a win could set up an Ascot target. Can race prominently, and hopefully champ De Sousa can settle him just behind the leaders before setting sail.
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