Saturday Yankee: Prokofiev set to call the tune…

It may have been a narrow win yesterday, but Jazeel (7/2) kept up the good run of naps in recent weeks by having his nose in front when it mattered at Sandown.

The Daily Yankee

NAP OF THE DAY: Sergei Prokofiev, (1350 Sandown), 1pt win, 4/1:

Aidan O’Brien’s 3yo sprinter isn’t always the most predictable, but his best form would definitely be enough to win this. Quick ground, a good draw, a stiff track and the magic of Ryan Moore is enough to think his best might be due.

Rum Runner, (1425 Sandown), 20/1: has won 2 from three at this track, failing only when going off too fast in this race last year. Gets in now off a 6lb lower mark, and whilst mainly disappointing of late, his third last time at Goodwood was a spark of life in a race that is working out well. There aren’t too many in here to get excited about, and if Rum Runner appreciates the return to his favourite stomping ground then there is scope for an upset.

Aquarium, (1515 Haydock), 14/1: this historic handicap has two big Hunan at the head of the market, but both continue to creep up the weights and have tricky wide draws. There may be value in opposing, and the previously exposed Aquarium looked to be on the verge of unlocking hidden depths when stepped up to this trip at Royal Ascot getting little luck before finishing a closing 7th in one of the few handicaps stronger than this one.

Magical, (1535 Sandown), 3/1: by far the second best horse in this race – meaning far ahead of the rest but also far behind wonder-mare Enable. Ran the favourite to less than a length in the Breeders Cup and has three small advantages here. She is race fit, in form, and runs 10f well. Enable’s only defeat was on a seasonal debut, it was also the last time she ran this short a distance, and we also have to take it on faith she is as good as in previous years. That said she is the most likely winner, but the chances of Magical edging here out are probably better than the odds suggest.

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