Saturday Yankee: We know this much is True…

Yesterday’s Yankee was a tad frustrating with some narrow runner-up defeats including nap Copper Knight, leaving our last leg stranded. The speculative last-to-first ploy for the wide drawn Penwortham at Chester then of course duly obliged at 16/1 !! Such is racing…

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: True Destiny, (1555 York), 2pts win, 5/2:

Roger Charlton’s progressive 4yo has looked good at these marathon trips with three wins and two seconds in his 5 runs at 2m and over. The last of those was a runner up effort at Pontefract when held up off the pace and only just unable to claw back the enterprisingly ridden Michael’s Mount. Barring another freak tactical outcome, he looks to have plenty in hand in this company.

Nick Vedder, (1350 Newcastle), 7/1: loves this track finishing placed in all 10 runs. Loves to come from off the pace and the slower than standard conditions could help a runner who has form here over 7f. The leaders will need to pace carefully to get home, and if they go a fraction fast then it will play into Nick Vedder’s tactics.

Soldier’s Minute, (1445 York), 9/1: plenty of old favourites here and something of a rematch of a race won by Soldier’s Minute here in May. He is around 10lbs worse off with the 2nd, 4th and 5th from that race, but he won with such ease and authority that if in that form he will surely still be hard to beat. He did run a stinker at Ascot since, but conditions there were about as far removed from York as you get, and it is worth forgiving him that now that he reunites with the Knavesmire.

Jassaar, (1605 Curragh), 11/4: delivered on the promise of early maiden runs with an easy maiden win followed by a good win here over 7f when pulling well clear with the runner up. That horse has since franked the form with wins at Listed and Group 3 level. In that context a 6lb rise for Jassaar looks very generous, and with further improvement expected he looks a good bet.

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