Another winning nap yesterday as the well backed Potenza (11/4 into 11/10) won with ease. A nice 6/1 win at the Curragh too, and if we had but stuck with blog favourite El Astronaute, it would have been some night…still, let’s see if we can keep those naps coming…
The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Copper Knight, (1835 Newcastle), 1pt win, 5/1:
We’ve jumped the wrong way on a few either/ors this week and risk the same again here having narrowed this historic sprint down to reigning champ Copper Knight and the bubbling under Eeh Bah Gum. We love Eeh Bah Gum, and he has more scope off this rating. He has it to prove here although it should suit, but stall 1 may be no-mans land. Copper Knight looks fully weighted, but he was never more impressive last year than when running away with this prize. On a course that suits specialists, and with his form elsewhere hitting career heights, he looks a good bet to repeat.
Latrobe, (1545 Curragh), 5/2: winner of last year’s Irish Derby. Hasn’t quite scaled those heights since, but showed up well at Royal Ascot when plugging on well in a race where neither the trip nor the ground would have been ideal. This 14f looks his distance and he should enjoy conditions here. Southern France is the favourite and technically the slightly higher rated, but the suspicion is that rating comes from 2m form and he could be vulnerable at this trip to a horse with the class of Latrobe.
Oriental Lily, (1800 Newcastle), 11/2: was the winner of this race last year and has lifetime course and distance form of 11611. The last two wins were off 79 and 74 making this mark of 76 look fair, and she has had three fair runs on turf over 6f since that last win here which have helped manage that mark back down. On a course that suits specialists she has an obvious chance, Favourite Mercenary Rose is arguably well on off 77 for a filly who ran in the Group 3 Nell Gwynn on seasonal debut, but she has enough questions to answer at this trip on this track, where Lily may have all the answers.
Penwortham, (2005 Chester), 12/1: ok, it is possibly a sign of madness to pick a horse from stall 14 in a 7f handicap at Chester. They go just under 1f before the sharp turns begin and he will need a huge amount of luck and probably an overly strong pace. That said he loves this course, is getting very well handicapped and has started to hint at a resurgence of form. Stablemate Gabrial The Tiger has the favourable draw and looks solid, but we just fancy Tony Hamilton to pull off the magic trick on Penwortham.
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