The Daily Yankee
NAP OF THE DAY: Alright Sunshine, (1620 Ripon), 1pt win. 5/2:
Event though he is a 4yo, this gelding may be one of the least exposed here having his handicap debut. Two runs ago he was a close third here in a race that is working our very well. The second there has since won off 83, similarly the horse that beat Alright Sunshine last time at Ayr has since won off 80. Sunshine’s mark here of 84 is in line with the marks the other two were given and won off, so that suggests he could be a real threat here against mostly exposed rivals,
Merry Banter, (1520 Ripon), 9/4: possibly one of the fastest fillies in training over 3-4f. The issue is that the minimum trip is 5f and she is often overhauled late on. That said one of her wins was here at front-runners heaven, Ripon, and also one of her other wins came under today’s jockey and superb pace judge Graham Lee. The combination of track and pilot, added to an impression in recent runs of a return to best form suggest a wire-to-wire win today is likely.
Arms Of The Angel, (1710 Ayr), 9/4: when you get a Mark Johnston trained 3yo stepping into middle distance handicap company at this time of year against almost entirely older horses then that is usually a recipe for success. Add in an excellent effort to come second just last Thursday and running now off the same mark, and you definitely have a bet. The filly looks sure to go close and a win in this apprentice handicap looks the plan and she can avoid a penalty if turned out quickly again.
Myklachi, (1720 Ripon), 7/2: representing the flying O’Meara-Tudhope combination and was a course winner here just two runs ago. Stayed on into 4th at sharp Ayr last time and looks well worth chancing at this longer trip. Is still only a 3yo, and with just 7 runs can be expected to still be on the improve. That should prove too much for these rivals.
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